Is it Really Autumn?

October 14, 2005 at 11:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Autumn officially began on September 22. And usually we expect the arrival of fall to bring increases in rain and decreases in temperature. And certainly it is not as hot as it was in September. Last month was our hottest September ever, with an average high of 95.2 degrees. On September 28, we hit a record 104 degrees, the hottest day in 2005.

The warm and dry weather pattern has continued into October. We actually have had four days this month with measurable rain at DFW Airport. But each time, DFW received only 0.01″, as the heavy rain missed the Metroplex. So midway through the month, with a total of only 0.04″, we appear to be headed for one of our warmest and driest Octobers, as well.

For the year, our rainfall total stands at just 17.77″. The average is 27.33″ at this point, so we are now almost ten inches below our normal rainfall for the year. And the prospect for the next week doesn’t look good. We should stay warm and dry through next Wednesday. But it does look like we may see another cold front by Thursday, the 20th. Let’s hope that begins to change our luck.

Summer Returns

October 2, 2005 at 1:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

September ended with a welcome taste of autumn, but just as quickly, the first of October marks the return of the summer heat and humidity.

Earlier this week, the heat broke records and brought us the hottest day of 2005 on Wednesday with a high of 104. But a cold front ushered in beautiful weather (after some nasty storms Wednesday) beginning Thursday morning. Lows made it into the mid 50s in our coolest suburbs and highs on Thursday didn’t get out of the mid 70s; the coolest weather since last May.

Friday was a normal late September day, but the heat is back and it sticks around until the middle of next week. No triple digit heat or records are in the forecast, but 90s and uncomfortable humidity can be expected.

Wednesday brings our next cold front; our next chance of rain and cooler temps return with the front.

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