Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11th

As I was on my way in to work this morning it struck me how much today's weather here in central Illinois was like that on the morning of September 11, 2001, one I distinctly remember as many of us probably do.  Today most of the country on the CoCoRaHS precipitation map is showing zeroes, and here in Illinois it was a cool, clear early fall morning without a cloud in the sky.  In 2001 our morning low was 54°F, this morning it was 51°F. The high temperature in 2001 was 82°F, and that's about our forecast high for today.

I thought I would take a look at the Daily Weather Maps for both days, and was amazed at how similar they are.  The map for this morning is about 12 hours "ahead" of the map for 9/11/01.

The surface weather map for 7:00 a.m. EST on September 11, 2001
The surface weather map for 7:00 a.m. EST on September 11, 2012

What started as a magnificent fall day in 2001 turned into a day of horror, shock, sadness, and grief.  As you enjoy the weather on September 11, 2012, pause to remember the victims and heroic efforts of those who risked and lost their lives on 9/11.

1 comment:

  1. I had the same thought this morning about the similarities to 11 years ago today. Not only is today also a Tuesday, but here in Wisconsin it's just like it was then...that amazing blue sky, fall in the air, and just something to savor. It has been nice to enjoy today's gifts without the tragedy, though, of course, it's on my mind.