SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear, peek at the Northern Lights? Low: 47
SUNDAY: Partly sunny and milder. High: 66
MONDAY: More clouds, turning cooler. Wake-up: 45. High: 58
TUESDAY: Plenty of sun, not bad at all. Wake-up: 41. High: 66
WEDNESDAY: Mix of clouds and sunshine. Wake-up: 47. High: near 70
THURSDAY: Intervals of sun, close to average. Wake-up: 49. High: 71
FRIDAY: Humid. Few showers and T-storms possible. Wake-up: 57. High: 77
Septober 13, 2014
“Autumn..the year's last, loveliest smile" wrote William Cullen Bryant. Forests transform into a lush patchwork of Crayola colors - the air smells sweeter, with a steady supply of free A/C from our benevolent Canadian neighbors to the north.
And there's a better chance of spying aurora, the Northern Lights, one (of many) advantages to living at this lofty, northern latitude. With recent solar flares energizing Earth's magnetic field we stand a good chance of taking in a free show again tonight. Skies should cooperate, remaining mostly clear into Sunday.
Give it a shot. There is nothing more magical that watching shimmering curtains of green and red dance on the northern horizon.
With any luck your garden escaped a frost overnight. The sun stays out today with highs brushing 60. I still see a streak of 60s and 70s next week. Dew points reach the muggy 60s by late week with showers and T-storms rumbling in Friday. Don't write summer off yet: GFS data shows a few 70s and 80s into late September.
Temper any premature morning shivers with this thought: we dodged a bullet. Rapid City picked up 2 inches of snow, the earliest on record. Calgary got socked with 11 inches!
Yes, it's early.
* Saturday morning low temperatures above courtesy of NOAA and MesoWest.
File image credit above: Solar Dynamics Observatory | NASA. "An April 16, 2012 solar eruption is captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory."
- Persisting and intensifying drought in parts of the West: Despite beneficial precipitation in parts of the drought-stricken West during August, long-term drought conditions will continue to impact water resources and agriculture and increase wildfire risk. More information is available from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
- El Niño still probable later this year: According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, there is a 60-65 percent chance of at least a weak El Niño developing this upcoming autumn or winter. El Niño conditions could have impacts on temperature and precipitation patterns across the U.S. More information is available from the Climate Prediction Center.
Photo credit above: "Streams feeding the Verde River in Arizona may be drying up." Image: Jennifer Horn via Wikimedia Commons.