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Squeezed by late summer heat and early winter chill, fall weather perfection didn't last as long as it should have in Richmond

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Two hikers (no names given) paused to look at the James River as it flowed past the Pony Pasture area in Richmond, VA Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 on a balmy fall day.


Daily temperature range for Richmond since Sept. 1, 2019 (blue bars), versus average range of highs and lows (tan). Daily record highs are shown by the red line at top, while record lows are the blue line at the bottom.


Autumn mean temperature across Virginia from 1895 to 2018 (purple line), with long-term upward trend (blue) and 20th Century average (gray). Above-normal fall temperatures have outpaced below-normal readings in recent decades.

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John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016. Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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