The calendar may say November, but it felt more like August as the month started.

The calendar may say November, but it felt more like August as the month started.

The above-average temperatures have fooled the leaves, whose peak color was pushed back this year. Fall cleanup for some is just getting underway compared with years past, when homeowners would have been wrapping things up.

The average high temperature has dropped into the upper 50s. However, in the past week we've seen readings in the 70s and in some cases close to 80. The long-range forecast calls for more of the same for at least the first half of November.

Typically, central Ohio sees frost by the first week of October and the first 32-degree temperature by Oct. 27. In years past, we've even had a trace of snow by now.

The above-average temperatures pushed the peak leaf viewing back a week or two. I would say last weekend's colors are probably as good as it will get.

Looking ahead, the winter outlook calls for average temperatures and above-average precipitation. But meteorologists with the National Weather Service think the cold and snow may come during the second half of winter. It appears our above-average temperatures may hang on for a while.

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Weather where you live author Chris Bradley is chief meteorologist at WBNS-10TV.