Monday, September 25, 2017

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

I don't think there's a better way to describe this September so far.  It's a month we're calling "SWEAT-TEMBER".  So far this month, we have had 10, 90° days and we'll add another one or two.  There have been more 90° days this month compared to August.  

The much anticipated heat relief is coming, but there are downsides to it.


According to the GFS and other models, the heat ends Thursday and Fall-tastic air arrives by the end of the week.  Look at next weekend! Highs in the 70s and lows in the 60s and 50s.  That's GOOD!

THE BAD... The lack of rainfall has brought "abnormally dry" conditions to much of western and northern Arkansas.  Rains from Irma and Harvey have brought enough rain to eastern Arkansas to keep them out of drought conditions so far.  This is NOT a major drought and it does happen this time of year.  The months of August and September are typically the driest of the year.  We start to get wetter in October with the shifting jet stream bringing storm systems further south as we go deeper into autumn.

THE UGLY - leaves are turning brown and falling due to the lack of rainfall.  There is still time to get brilliant color this fall, however, we need chilly nights and warm days.  We also need more rainfall.  However, the front coming through this week offers little hope.  Amounts will be spotty and mostly under .5''.  The heaviest will be west of the state in Oklahoma and Texas.

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