If you are thinking of moving to Michigan you may be wondering what the fall weather is like. The average highs in September is about 73 degrees. Exceptional beauty of local nature unfolds in most wonderful ways with the changing seasons. Fall colors are spectacular. In October temperature drops to about 60 °F (15 °C) and November is even cooler with about 46 °F. Late fall is chilly. The change of the average Metro Detroit fall temperature is a little over three degrees between the 1960s and now.
Max average t°: 73 °F (+22.5 °C)
Min average t°: 50 °F (+10 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 3.4" (87 mm)
Max average t°: 60 °F (+16 °C)
Min average t°: 39 °F (+4 °C)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 2.3" (59 mm)
Max average t°: 46 °F (+8 °C)
Min average t°: 30 °F (-1 °C)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 12 days
Precipitation: 2.6" (66 mm)
Mid-fall is kind of transitional period when people start putting away the summer toys such as boats and bikes. Some summertime activities are not doable anymore. You are not going to be on the boat in the fall. Grass starts to slow down growing and weather conditions aren’t suitable for winter kinds of entertainment. There is no snow in September or October. Even in November the snow amount is minimal in South east Michigan. On the other hand autumn is hunting season which draws thousands of people to the woods and lakes to hunt deer and waterfowl. It is the time of football, soccer for the kids, bonfires and Halloween. Halloween is big in some of the local metro Detroit cities.
Cities like downtown Northville go all out for Halloween.
Many people love Michigan's fall weather. The cool fall breezes are a welcome relief to some after the warm winter months. In October the fall colors are spectacular. Mid-October is the time of the peak fall foliage. I have heard many people say over the years how much they love fall. The only negative I can see is having to rake all the leaves up after they drop. In some cities like Livonia all you have to do is rake the leaves out to the street and the city will pick them up.
Michigan is prone to thunderstorms. Thunderstorms occur for 30 days on average in the year. Severe thunderstorms occur in the southern portion of Michigan. Usually they occur when a cold front comes through after a warm day. Though you will still get them in the fall.
Fall is the second rainy season of the year in South East Michigan. In the spring we get May showers. It is the same way in the fall. I myself believe we get heavy rains so the plants can soak up the water to prepare for winter.
Michigan September Weather
For some reason fall sunsets seem so spectacular. Even better than the sprin and summer. The month of September in Detroit experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 35% throughout the month. The clearest day of the month is September 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 67% of the time.
Over the course of September in Detroit, the length of the day is rapidly decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 1 hour, 22 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 2 minutes, 49 seconds, and weekly decrease of 19 minutes, 41 seconds. The shortest day of the month is September 30, with 11 hours, 46 minutes of daylight and the longest day is September 1, with 13 hours, 8 minutes of daylight.
September starts the wonderful fall season in Metro Detroit with warm temperatures and the start of the rainy season. September sees rainfall totals between 4" (101.6mm) to 6" (152.4mm) amid partly cloudy skies. It is the start of cider mill pilmgrimage. People love the fresh cider and home made donuts. Collect varieties of apples from a local orchard or visit one of the many pumpkin patches that spring up in the fall season. The leaves turn color by the third week of September in the northern parts of Michigan and progress steadily towards the south.
Michigan October Weather
October brings the end of gardens and perennials as you will get some nightime frost. October is the period of peak fall foliage in the countryside of Michigan that brings the glory of Mother nature into the limelight. Usually by Halloween many of the trees are beginning to be bare. The daily sunshine lasts between 5 to 6 hours in the majority of the state, with 12 to 15 wet days in the month. Daily low temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 51°F to 41°F, rarely falling below 32°F or exceeding 62°F. The skies are cloudier as the sun starts to take a vacation due to the mixing of contrasting air masses. You are no longer going to have to deal with muggy weather in October as the humidity drops.
The first cold waves hit in the Upper Peninsula by the mid of the fall season as the foliage reaches its peak. Evenings are breezy, while nights tend to be cold. Warm clothing is beneficiary in the evenings, while the days are still mild to remain. The harvest season is on its last legs with the invasion of frost on the lands. October is the last month of fair weather in Michigan. The month of October in Detroit experiences increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 37% to 47%. The clearest day of the month is October 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 63% of the time.
Michigan November Weather
November is the true start from warm to cold weather in the late fall season in Michigan. The winds start to pick up. It is like Mother nature knows there are no leaves and the trees now can withstand the high winds. On the great lakes they call it the gales of November. The Edmund Fitzgerald freighter went down during one of the storms on the great lakes. The trees are beginning to be just limbs without leaves. The flowers are gone except for the chrysanthemums, and decorative cabbages. The fall foliage is beyond its peak. The nights start to drop below freezing. November sees the first snowfall in Michigan though in the lower peninsula and around Metro Detroit it is usually just a dusting. It is rare to have a large snowfall of 3+ inches in November. The short days hardly receive 3 hours of daily sunshine as cloudy skies rule the roost.
Daily high temperatures decrease by 12°F, from 54°F to 42°F, rarely falling below 31°F or exceeding 67°F. Daily low temperatures decrease by 9°F, from 41°F to 32°F, rarely falling below 21°F or exceeding 52°F. The hunting season is in its last lap, as is the fishing season with the challenging cold conditions. A colorful forest walk and warm chocolate by a roaring fire in the back yard is a dream come true for many. Expect the cold to increase rapidly and dress in layers after sunset. November ends the tourist season in Michigan, with only a few remaining to enjoy the snowy activities of winter.
Holidays in the fall in Michigan are
1st Monday in September – Labor Day.
3rd Saturday in October - Sweetest Day.
November 10 – Veterans Day.
4th Thursday in November – Thanksgiving.
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