Weather Eye: Thoughts of autumn arrive, but no woolly bear caterpillars yet



I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather. Of course, with that comes more cloudiness and less sunshine.

A low-pressure system is parked off the coast, generating weak systems rotating around it. These may bring scattered showers or sprinkles inland and over the mountains and drizzle along the coast.

Not much measurable moisture is anticipated, mind; just have to include that in the forecast — you know, the good old “chance of” stuff. The weather pattern will be steady most of the week, with highs below 80 degrees, unless we get a good batch of clear blue skies.

The summer is waning fast, with the sun rising later and later, and my email is full of woolly bear caterpillar sightings. Most of the reports describe all-orange or all-yellow or white caterpillars, not the official woolly bear weather-forecasting caterpillar. Look for one that’s black on the ends and orange in the middle. They usually appear for a couple of weeks in October and early November.

August appears to end on a warm and dry note and September will roll in singing a similar tune for a pleasant Labor Day weekend. Officially, for us weather and climate folks, autumn begins a week from today. For the rest, it rolls through with the autumnal equinox on September 22 at 1:44 pm.

“So a change of seasons is in the air, change is good for the soul. We look back on the past and must let it go. A new time of fun, then autumn will be on the run. Never tire of the day as night also has its say. Refresh each morning with the weather over us.” — Patrick Timm

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at