Who makes the decision to close pools so early? Every year we run into this problem. We have plenty of good swimming weather for much of September and we even had some 90 degree weather last year during the first part of October. Well it is that time of year again. We need to head out to the store to at least find a kiddie pool to fill up with water. Pools may be tough to find between all the stockings, sweaters, and Christmas ornaments so allow extra time. Soon it will be tough to find a bathing suits any time after July since the holiday shopping season comes earlier every year. You could always get a jump start on Easter shopping. We found out about those confused Easter Lilies blooming earlier in the week here on the blog. If that is not enough, how about the giant mushroom above that is actually the size of a basketball. This was sent in to me anonymously from White County. I guess this is what happens when you have the wettest start to September in 16 years followed by one of our driest finishes to the month ever. This month has been about big things that is for sure. We started with the big rains and that has given way to more "big" weather streaks that will continue as we head into this weekend. Today will be our eighth straight day of 80 degrees or above. Here at WLFI it will also be our 11th consecutive day without rain. It will also be the 98th consecutive day we have lost daylight. Today is a big day because we will actually have less than 12 hours of daylight for the first time since the Spring. We have a sunrise at 7:39 a.m. and a sunset at 7:37 p.m. This means we are now losing more energy to space than receiving incoming energy from the sun. Eventually this will catch up to us allowing chilly air to build to our North. So yes all our big weather streaks will be coming to an end before you know it.
Notice the parade of storms in the Gulf of Alaska and Northwest Canada. This will eventually dislodge some real autumn weather that will move our way by the middle of next week. There is a bit of a log jam in the atmosphere due to Tropical Storm Kyle that has formed in the Atlantic. This could still form into a category one hurricane as it pushes up toward northern New England and Nova Scotia. Check out the latest track.
If you notice the satellite picture there are actually two blockbuster storms holding up the pattern. One storm will hit the Carolinas today with flooding rain. It is a hybrid system that formed from an old frontal boundary. Originally it did have a few more tropical characteristics. Right now it has more extratropical characteristics so it will not be named. The big difference between the hybrid system and Kyle is its highest winds are located well away from the center of the storm as evidenced by wind gusts near 60 mph in Norfolk, Virginia. Some other reasons why it will not be named: The thunderstorms are not organized around the main center of low pressure like we see with tropical systems. Instead of sinking air and a warm core at its center like we see with Kyle, the Carolina storm has rising air at its center due to its cooler center and that is why it is called a cold core system. So my hats off to the National Hurricane Center on not naming this thing. They do name "subtropical systems" but the Carolina storm has become just a cold core system or mid-latitude cyclone (extratropical system) based on all the latest data and satellite images. The Carolina storm and Kyle will provide a one-two punch that will keep our weather here at home really nice and will slow down a cold front that will bring us our next chance of rain late Sunday. I will have more on this of course tonight, including your big Friday Night Frenzy forecast and big changes to our weather as we head into October! Also good luck to all those partaking in the BOILERMAKER TRIATHLON. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU OUT THERE ON SUNDAY! WOOHOO! It is my first one and it will just be great getting out there and going all out. Have a great day and weekend!
The blog song of the day: It Never Rains in Southern California in honor of our California weather pattern here in Lafayette, Indiana.