The first day of fall has arrived, what will the rest of the year look like in Utah?

SALT LAKE CITY — With record high temperatures still within reach, a long, wet winter season might not be on a Utahn’s mind. Today is the first day of autumn, bringing with it the last months of the year.

The autumnal equinox, heralded by the harvest moon, came just in time this year.

Today the sun shines directly on the equator. As equinox is Latin for “equal”, the northern and southern hemispheres receive the same amount of rays today. The only difference is that while this equinox is a catalyst for Utah’s downfall, in the Southern Hemisphere it’s an indicator that spring has begun.

For early fall in Utah, it’s unlikely to get more than 100 degrees a day. According to Weather Spark, daily temperatures will continue to drop in early October.

What to expect after the fall

Before the holiday months, last year the Farmer’s Almanac predicted that Utah would have a drier winter, which turned out to be correct, this year the Farmer’s Almanac predicts the opposite.

The Farmer’s Almanac warns the western United States to prepare for a wet winter. Temperatures should be slightly warmer creating lots of precipitation. But don’t grab the skis just yet, this precipitation will mostly come in the form of heavy rain.

In contrast, from the Rockies to the east coast, temperatures will be “chillingly cold” with above-average snowfall. In the 2023 edition of “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” editor Janice Stillman calls it “the tale of two winters.”

“Depending on where you live, it’s going to be the best of winters or memorable for all the wrong reasons,” Stillman said. “Half the country will face freezing cold and tons of snow, while the other half will feel like winter never really comes.”

Until the first snow arrives, the fall colors will still be visible in the surrounding Utah mountain ranges.

And just as summer has decided to linger, so can fall.

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