If you've been thinking that the seasons appear to be lagging, here's proof you are right.
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg says the meteorological fall season, defined as September 1 through November 30 was the warmest ever recorded in both Roanoke and Blacksburg.
In Roanoke, the average temperature for the period was 62.4 degrees, breaking the 97-year old record of 61.5 degrees set in 1919. Records in Roanoke date back to 1912.
In Blacksburg, the average fall temperature was 57.8 degrees, breaking the old record of 56.4 degrees set in 2007. Records in Blacksburg date back to 1952.
The record-setting warmth was part of a jet stream pattern that favored a large, broad rigde over the Southeast and helped to create the extreme drought that has led to dozens of wildfires across the region.
After such a warm fall, it appears we will be jumping ahead to winter in about a week. True Arctic air will be moving in December 9, with highs only around freezing and lows well into the teens. The cold air surges look to continue in several waves into Christmas.