Thursday, September 18, 2008

Chill Of An Early Fall

I am not talking about that old George Strait song, but about the cold weather on the way to New England.

Frost and freeze, yes freeze! -- advisories are in place for much of New England. I think several locations may wake up in the upper 20s and lower 30s tomorrow.

I was driving in the foothills west of Denver the other day and noticed color already showing up on some aspens. Even some places around the city have color on certain species of trees.

It is still hot out west in some places with wildfires burning in California and Oregon.

And the tropics remain quiet, which is a good thing!

Look at yesterday's CoCoRaHS national precip map on the front page. Pretty quiet!

That is common for this time of the year. There are no real widespread major weather makers on the map really. Just some small scale features.

That will change in the days and weeks to come as the sun angle continues to lower and cold air builds up north.

It will eventually break off and move south in the form of cold fronts, and interact with the warm air still over the southern US.

The result will be severe weather for some (the second seasonal peak in the mid-south) and winter storms for others.

It is an exciting time of year! I really love the fall weather and crisp air.

Here is a cool link to images of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Ike. I came across this on the homepage of the NWS this morning.

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