10 Ways People in Phoenix Know It's Autumn

One of the biggest culture shocks experienced by people who moved to the Phoenix metro area from a cold climate can be the completely unexpected arrival of winter.

With daytime temperatures reaching into the high 80s in early November -- a situation that's by no means unusual -- Valley residents sometimes aren't aware that a season exists between summer and the New Year. But it really is autumn now, astonishing as that concept may seem.

Here are 10 clues that let us know when fall has arrived in Phoenix:

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.