17 STRAIGHT DAYS ABOVE
Cold weather has been rather sparse for much of the Nation so far this Autumn. To date Indianapolis is ranked warmest all-time to date with an average temperarue this fall of 64.5°.
77% of the days since September 1st have been above normal and November alone is the 4th warmest on record. Cold air has been lacking and early Saturday morning will mark only the 4th night below 40° - another stunning statistic, no other year on record has produced so few nights below 40 degrees through November 11th.
FIRST FREEZE - IS LATE
Early Saturday morning behind a cold front, clearing skies and light winds, temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark area-wide and for the first time officially in Indianapolis. The average date of a the first freeze was nearly three weeks ago. The latest first freeze came in 1902 when the thermometer reached freezing for the first time as late as November 27th.
We haven't had a freeze since April 12, the 213 days between the last freeze and the first or the 'growing season' is the 7th longest stretch ever. The longest was 232 days in 1922.