Heading into the third weekend in September, as daylight hours slowly diminish, sun angles lower, and the official start of fall draws closer, we're going to experience PERHAPS our last 90° days of the year. Friday and Saturday will both see highs near 90° with slowly increasing dewpoints (humidity). However, another fall front approaches and will move through the metro late Saturday. Rain chances are minimal with the front though (we currently have a 20% chance of rain Saturday) and severe storms are NOT expected.
|The surface map for 7pm Saturday shows a cold front draped over the metro but minimal rain chances. The front will bring cooler temperatures for the back half of the weekend and early next week. Graphic courtesy NWS.|
The long-range outlook calls for a higher than average chance of above normal temperatures for the second half of September and better than even odds of below average precipitation. I'm just glad that "above normal temps" doesn't mean mid to upper 90s anymore! On average, our highs are right at 80° at the end of September.
|The outlook from the NOAA for the last week in September shows about a 50% chance of above normal temperatures (above) and higher than even chances of below average precipitation (below). Graphics courtesy CPC/NOAA.|
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