Friday, September 19, 2014

So Long Summer? Not So Fast!

Bright sunshine will spill in across the area today as we count down the final few days of summer, but don't count summer out yet!  Highs today with bright sunshine will reach into the low and middle 70s on this final Friday in Summer. 
Temperatures - Friday Afternoon

Warmer and very breezy weather will be expected into the beginning of the weekend with highs soaring into the lower 80s on Saturday. 

Temperatures - Saturday Afternoon

Fall will officially arrive on Monday and the inevitable loss of daylight is the main driver in reducing the chlorophyll production in the trees and leaves resulting in the arrival of the beautiful fall colors.  Occasional rain and cool, crisp night are also favorable conditions for the sustained development of fall colors.  Over the next few weeks the leaves will change color into the peak of the fall season in mid October.

Average Fall Color Date

While fall is set to arrive our actual weather may argue to the contrary.  The outlook next week looks to remain quite mild with highs in the middle and upper 70s.  Longer term mid range computer models are also projecting a "Flip" in our over all cooler weather to warmer weather to end the month of September.  The Climate Prediction Center also mirrors this "warmer' outlook into the end of the month in the 8 to 14 day outlook.  

Summer is not ready to say so long quite yet!  Enjoy!

~Meteorologist Chris Vickers