Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Full Harvest Moon Tonight & Full-Fledged Autumn Weather

Picture of Live Doppler 18 Tracking Our Storms

Wow! It feels incredible outside today. Yesterday, it felt like the 4th of July yesterday and was a bit surreal with Florida-like dewpoints bringing steambath conditions. But in Indiana a few hours can make a world of difference and today we have our refreshing breezes back! Our weather team has been extra excited because we have been waiting to show you real autumn weather since Sunday. Well, better late than never! You can thank a nice strong cold front that moved through the area last night and quite a collision took place in our atmosphere! The picture above shows our angry sky yesterday as the warm, tropical air was rapidly forced upward ahead of the approaching front. Luckily, we had no severe weather reports here at home with only 2 damaging wind reports yesterday in the entire state of Indiana, including one near Seymour. Today will only be our sixth day of below average temperatures and it is hard to believe our highs were 22 degrees warmer just two days ago as you can see below. We truly had a big "fall" to get to real fall weather.

The good news is we had some much welcome rainfall. There is a big range in amounts because some of the stronger storms to our south stole some of our moisture and because the cold front did not come through during our peak heating hours so it lost some of its punch. Here are your big and small rain totals.

Richard Beetle, our weatherwatcher from Attica was less than impressed with his meager totals. But I think Richard and the rest of us can at least look forward to the famous full "harvest" moon tonight. The full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is known as the full harvest moon because farmers love using the extra light created by the bright moonlight to harvest their crops well into the night. Paul Hadfield captured the waxing moon earlier this week in Decatur, Illinois. It is an absolute beautiful shot of nature's masterpiece.

The big question is will the clouds clear in time? Based on the latest maps it looks like we should have some late night clearing after 11 p.m. So open up those windows and get out and enjoy. But take a jacket with you. Tomorrow on the blog we will take a closer look at why these cool, refreshing days may be few and far between through much of October. Thanks for reading and tuning in. I want to also thank Julie's aunt Barb for finding Redskin-Packer tickets at Lambeau Field in October. It looks like I hit the proverbial jackpot weatherwise and otherwise. My Christmas present has come early this year which is fine by me! This is the equivalent of having a White Christmas. Hail to Autumn weather and Hail to the Redskins. In case you are wondering, I root for the Redskins because I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. No offense to any other fans, unless you are a Dallas Cowboy fan. :) Have a great day.

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