Note: I had hoped to get the September Weather Summary and 09-10 Water Year summary posts in tonight, but needed to do some data entry for CoCoRaHS. I had computer issues this summer, and was without access for most of the summer. We're back online now, but the data entry took longer than expected. I'm hoping to get the summaries up soon...lots to talk about.
But for now, a quick commentary on mid-Missouri weather as of October 2nd
Since I was young, I've always pondered the official beginnings of the season according to the calander. My birthday lands on December 9 which to me has always felt like winter. Snow, cold, no leaves...winter. It always confused me that it is still fall until just days before Christmas.
I think, however that the Autumnal Equinox is a very good dividing line many years that marks the beginning of fall. When the wind shifts to the north, it brings drier and cooler air than it has for the past few months. The freshly-cut corn and bean fields fill the air with the memories of hay rides and fall festivals. This year was no different. We topped out at 90 degrees this September, with many more days in the mid to upper 80s throughout much of the month. But the last week or so was just plain nice. Tomorrow night, we will even have a chance for our first frost to greet us. This is fast becoming my favorite time of year.
I have a lot to talk about in my September summary, which is why I'm choosing not to write the post now. Some highlights are the high temperatures, reaching our yearly rain total this month, and some ponderings on the increasing rain intensities over the past 30 years.
Oh, and we're up to 20 mows now. Hopefully we're getting close!