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The Autumnal Equinox
(official start of the Fall season) 
September 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm EDT (2002 UTC)



Leaves falling



Frost & Freeze Dates
The following tables show the dates that Columbia, SC and Augusta, GA have recorded their first, last, and average dates in which their minimum temperature has dropped either to or below 36, 32, or 28 degrees. The data for each site was compiled using the period of record from 1948-2014.


Minimum temperature of 36 degrees
  Columbia Augusta
Average Date October 25 October 24
Earliest Date 10/3/1974 9/30/1967
Latest Date 11/14/2003 11/30/1948



Minimum temperature of 32 degrees
  Columbia Augusta
Average Date November 3 November 6
Earliest Date 10/4/1974 10/10/2000
Latest Date 12/10/1978 12/20/1948



Minimum temperature of 28 degrees
  Columbia Augusta
Average Date November 16 November 17
Earliest Date 10/22/1952 & 1974 10/22/1974
Latest Date 12/19/2011 12/26/1948



Below is a map for the Median date of the first Fall freeze.  Please note, this map uses data from a slightly different timeframe from the data above.  The data below was compiled using the NCDC Climate data from the 30 year period of record spanning the years between 1981 and 2010.  This difference in time periods accounts for the slight difference in the Median dates for the first freeze.