Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Happy Fall For Y'all Thanks to Canada!

Special Thanks to Paul Hadfield

What a beautiful full moon last night. You can thank your friends from Canada as cooler, fresh breezes pushed in from the great North. We also have to thank Paul Hadfield for making our day with this beautiful shot from last night around 1:30 a.m. This is what it looked like near Decatur, Illinois. The moon was crystal clear! Get used to this picture, because this is what you can expect to see here in Lafayette tonight. Day after day for the past couple months our weather team has been talking about it being too hot and too dry. You can see the blocking high pressure area that blocked all of our nice fall weather has retreated allowing a nice cool dip in the jet stream that enabled a cold front to move through the area.

It was so nice to see nature has a new one-two punch in the form of breath-taking moonlight and crisp, refreshing autumn breezes. The full Harvest moon lit up the sky here at home last night even though it had to shine through a pretty thick layer of fog and leftover clouds. Its piercing light could not be denied and it made an impressive ring around the moon. Now tonight get ready for a nice clear moonrise at 7:55 p.m. It already has me singing....

Shine on, shine on harvest moon
Up in the shine on, shine on harvest moon,
For me and my gal. (Julie)

We will have to enjoy this weather while we can before nature's old song and dance returns! The latest maps are showing the jet stream to move back to the north pushing our nice autumn weather away. Unfortunately, I wish I had better news for the cooler weather lovers. Here is my October forecast.

The dreaded heat ridge builds back in with high pressure as we head into October. This will not only bring us plenty of more 80 degree weather but you can count on below average rainfall once again. But as always, make sure you enjoy today. We at least got some rain and we now have some great autumn weather that will at least stick around for a couple more days. Choose to make it a great day and remember your jacket when you head outside tonight to enjoy the moonlight.

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