September sees the arrival of the wonderful autumn season with comfortable conditions in New Mexico. The intensity of the sun drops from the peak with the passing of the summer. Breezy evenings are great to drive through the scenic byways with the wind in the face. The skies remain bright as the month records an average of twenty-three sunny days. Precipitation is light, and many cities record 1" (25mm) to 3" (76mm) of rain. Moisture from the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico hardly reaches the interior of the state. The average high temperatures are in the warm 72°F (22.2°C) to 88°F (31.1°C) range, while the nights are relatively colder - in the average low-temperature zone of 42°F (5.6°C) to 62°F (16.7°C). Early fall season sees fewer thunderstorms than the summer as the winds seldom cross the 15mph (24.1km/h) barrier. Wildlife is active in the nights and mornings, especially in the state and national parks. The hunting season is in full swing in September in New Mexico.