MONDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy, more comfortable. Low: 58
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, less humid. Dew point: 55. High: 79
WEDNESDAY: Fading sun, storms at night. Wake-up: 62. High: 84
THURSDAY: Hot & sticky. Few T-storms. Dew point: 70. Wake-up: 72. High: near 90
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, cooling off. Wake-up: 62. High: 71
SATURDAY: Sunny and beautiful. Dew point: 42. Wake-up: 55. High: 70
SUNDAY: Intervals of sun, hints of fall. Wake-up: 56. High: 72
Most Underrated Month?
"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer" said Helen Hunt Jackson. Not that it matters but this may be my favorite month of the year.
Think about it: summer's frantic 90-day spasm of over-scheduling is over - the air still mild; lakes warm enough for one last dip. Tornadoes are rare, a cooling atmosphere sparks lazy clouds: wisps of dense fog.
NOAA data shows September is nearly as sunny as July & August, 1-inch rains half as common as June. The air has roughly half as much water floating overhead as early July; crisp and clean most of the month. Even the mosquitoes seem to get the hint. Summer's September encore is nature's last standing ovation and I'm a raucous fan.
No need to water the yard anytime soon after last night's noisy soaking. Showers give way to some afternoon sun; the weather getting better as today goes on. Not a perfect Labor Day but we've seen worse. The next chance of thunder comes Thursday with a heat spike; highs may brush 90F before tumbling to more comfortable levels late week. You may have to pull out a sweatshirt next weekend.
In 2014 weather is on a time-delay; everything is coming later. I suspect a warmer than average September.
* File photo of Minnesota's BWCA courtesy of Steve Burns Photography.
Photo credit above: "Volunteers deliver cases of water to homes in East Porterville, Calif., Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Nearly 1,000 people whose wells have gone dry due to drought received an emergency allotment of bottled water Friday." (AP Photo/The Porterville Recorder, Chieko Hara)
* File photo above: Brad Birkholz.
♦ Phase out coal-burning power plants. Many of these plants are inefficient, and they are the biggest source of human CO2 emissions.
♦ Ramp up energy efficiency. It is the fastest and cheapest way to reduce carbon emissions. Setting meaningful efficiency goals for big utilities will save communities money and reduce harmful emissions of heat-trapping gases..."
Photo credit above: "The Athabasca Glacier seen from the access trail. This point is about halfway from the parking lot and the current snout of the glacier, which is about 200 metres away. In the centre background is the ice-fall from the Columbia Icefield. The marker shows where the glacier snout was in 1992, coincidentally the year of the Rio Earth Summit. It is just possible to make out some people walking on the glacier on the left-hand side."
Animation credit: From Bob Marshall, The Lens, Brian Jacobs and Al Shaw, ProPublica: