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The calendar says it's October and we're several weeks into fall already, yet this Minnesota milestone of autumn is already a week late in Rochester.

While I'm sure I'll regret complaining about the above-average weather we've been having so far this fall in southeast Minnesota when we're covered in snow this winter, but I have to say I am looking forward to those cooler fall temperatures.

And along with them, THIS milestone of fall in Minnesota. One that's already around a week behind schedule. What is it? The first frost of the season! And according to several sources, our frost date is already a week late here in Rochester.

The Old Farmers Almanac defines a frost date as the average date of the last light freeze in spring or the first light freeze in fall. And it also notes that, on average, we see the first frost of the season here in Minnesota's Med City around October 1st, a date calculated by analyzing data from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information over the past 40 years.

Meanwhile, according to this Minnesota Interactive Average First Frost Date Map, it shows that much of southeast Minnesota is in Zone 6, where the first frost of the season usually happens between September 21 and 30th. We're already a week past that end date this year!

Other parts of our area, including parts of the city of Rochester, appear to be in Zone 7, where the first frost usually occurs between October 1st and 7th. And even according to those later dates, we're still overdue for our first frost this fall.  Oh well, we can still enjoy a pumpkin spice latte even if there hasn't been frost yet, right?

And even though Jack Frost has been absent so far, Mother Nature is starting to show off those vibrant fall colors here in Minnesota. Keep scrolling to check out some ways you can take them in this year!

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