Sunday, November 28, 2021
Nov. 28, 2021

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Weather Eye: It might be fall, but summerlike days still ahead


Our summerlike weather continues with warming temperatures today and especially Friday, when highs will be back in the mid-80s. The warmest so far in September was a pair of 88-degree highs on Sept. 4 and 8. Seems funny to write summerlike now that we are actually in autumn.

As I wrote here Tuesday about a weak weather system, that band of clouds quickly passed through the area Wednesday and then skies cleared. Yes, there were some sprinkles that briefly fell, enough to dampen roadways but nothing major.

The next opportunity for rain is moved up to Sunday night through Tuesday. Not as heavy as what we had last weekend, but some forecast models hint of another inch of rain. That would be great. We need it, and after all it is fall.

With Friday’s quick warmup we will see easterly winds through the region and that will push highs well into the 70s at the coast. I expect plenty of leaves blowing through the air as trees are quickly turning colors due to the excessive dryness this summer.

Did you get a glimpse of the full harvest moon the other night? It was a good one, wow. Thank you, clear skies. The full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is always called the harvest moon. Centuries ago, farmers would work the harvest by moonlight. Shine on harvest moon.

This month is quickly zooming by with only seven days left and then weather watchers turn to the weather thrills of October. Sometimes we can get storms producing high winds and other times a nice stretch of pleasant fall weather, quite often after the first frost of the season. And of course, the annual excursion to the pumpkin patch for the kiddos. We will watch those dry weekends for you.

Enjoy the next few days and if you have any last-minute outdoor projects be sure and get caught up. It is almost too late in the year for staining decks, with shorter hours of daylight and overnight high humidity. I mentioned that because a reader asked me about it. My mind is quickly leaving summer mode and outdoor chores, leaning more toward the indoor and holiday seasons.