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Old 07-10-2011, 07:51 PM
 
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For the purposes of this thread, here is how I define fall:

High temperatures should be from 45 F to 55 F. Lows should be from 35 F to 45 F. Deciduous trees and other plants should be changing colors, with leaves dropping. Snowfall is allowed, but it should not accumulate much. In general, I prefer dry falls to wet ones, so try to minimize rain, but you can list wetter places too if you want.

So, what places have - on average - the longest period in which the weather meets these criteria?
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Check out Metlakatla, AK. Almost like a year round fall. The temperature ranges don't match exactly with what you outlined, and the rainfall amount is ridiculous, but it is still the first thing that jumped to mind.

Average Weather for Metlakatla, AK - Temperature and Precipitation
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:47 PM
 
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Check out Metlakatla, AK. Almost like a year round fall. The temperature ranges don't match exactly with what you outlined, and the rainfall amount is ridiculous, but it is still the first thing that jumped to mind.

Average Weather for Metlakatla, AK - Temperature and Precipitation
Not quite what I had in mind. I'm not really looking for year-round fall, because year-round fall isn't possible. You can only have fall if you have summer to precede it and winter to follow it - fall is a transition season that is characterized by the shift from summer to winter.

I'm willing to relax the temperatures a bit in either direction. Those are just guidelines.

You are very right; the rainfall totals are almost unbelievably horrid

Thanks for the suggestion anyway.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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With temperature variation of about 10 degrees, you're looking somewhere near a body of water. Water would have to be cold and far enough north for those temps. So maybe MAryland, Rhode Island, the northeast area?
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:21 PM
 
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With temperature variation of about 10 degrees, you're looking somewhere near a body of water. Water would have to be cold and far enough north for those temps. So maybe MAryland, Rhode Island, the northeast area?
The variation doesn't have to be 10 degrees. 35 F low, 55 F high would work fine. Also, feel free to mess with the temps a bit. Now that I think of it, frost is common in fall so the low can be down to 25-30.

EDIT: I think I've figured it out! The start of fall is regulated by waning daylight and falling temperatures. It will happen earlier the farther north you go. But the end of fall - as I define it - only happens when the snow really starts to accumulate. So, what I really want is somewhere with cold low temps but low precipitation during the fall months. Am I on the right track?

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Old 07-11-2011, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Surrey, London commuter belt
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By your definition, London's autumn lasts from November to March.

Nov: 52F/41F, 2.3" precip
Dec: 47F/37F, 2.2"
Jan: 46F/36F, 2.2"
Feb: 47F/36F, 1.6"
Mar: 53F/39F, 1.6"
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: NY suburbs
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If you're talking about longest fall where the leaves are beautifully colored and there's not too much snow nor is it too warm, then I would suggest the Northeast area (especially a place like Vermont which can get really beautiful in the autumn).
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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After accounting for seasonal weather variations, once autumn leaves start dropping, it usually takes a relatively similar length of time until the last leaf has dropped in any deciduous forest from Florida to Maine. Leaf drop is something that trees ideally want to postpone as long as possible, and then get over with as quickly as possible. I've personally seen autumn occur as early as September and as late as December, depending on the locale. But it never seems to take more than a month or two. If you're looking for a place with an autumn that is consistently 3, 4, or 5 months long, I have yet to find it. If you find it, let me know.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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For the purposes of this thread, here is how I define fall:

High temperatures should be from 45 F to 55 F. Lows should be from 35 F to 45 F. Deciduous trees and other plants should be changing colors, with leaves dropping. Snowfall is allowed, but it should not accumulate much. In general, I prefer dry falls to wet ones, so try to minimize rain, but you can list wetter places too if you want.

So, what places have - on average - the longest period in which the weather meets these criteria?
Coastal Connecticut. Any snowfall that does accumulate is gone shortly after. Any temps that are under 30 are short lived and back to 45 we go. Sucks.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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If Coastal CT has the longest fall then we have no winter at all.
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