Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Chill is Back!

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!


Bob said...

I agree with you completely. I feel that the Autumnal or September equinox is the beginning of the seasonal transition – leaves falling and cooler temperatures. We feel it here for sure. Fall is by and far my favorite time. The cooling weather, festivals and color are just stimulating. I think it gets me ready for winter.

I hope your computer issues are corrected and all is well. I hade to replace an old machine this year – the one I use for the weather station.

OSNW3 said...

Looking forward to the summary! Regarding the "official" beginnings of seasons... that is the exact reason I decided to create my own formula and provide clarification for winter.

Dec 1 or Dec 21? Lately it's been landing somewhere in between here in Oshkosh, WI.

I am still at 10 mows.

WxWatcher said...

Stimulating...that's a good word to describe this weather. Looking at our long-range forecast, we are in for the most beautiful weather I can remember in a long time. Sunny and 70 throughout the week and weekend.

I would like to have my home weather station online one day. It's on my imaginary "birthday list". Until then, pen and paper is working well. I am glad to have our computer problems resolved for now, though. I was way behind on my CoCoRaHS data.

OSNW3, I can see what prompted your formulas for the Oshkosh start of seasons. Gives me something to work toward, too.