If anyone remembers the lyrics to this song, raise your hand...
“Do you remember the
21st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away
Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing.
As we danced in the night,
Remember how the stars stole the night away”
When lyrics like these come into fruition, you know that it is almost time for fall. The autumnal equinox begins today at 3:02 PM. Meteorological Fall began since September 1, but astrological fall begins at 3:02 this afternoon. This is where the sun is directly over the equator, and should have 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness, as a result. Keep in mind that it does not magically turn cooler on the first day of fall; we will have to wait until next week to have any fall-like weather.
Upper Ridge Holds Into the Weekend - Today and throughout the weekend, we will continue to be in a hot and humid pattern for most of the day. The presence of an upper ridge means hot and potentially humid days, fair nights, with little to no rainfall. Widespread rain is not expected until sometime next week. Highs will be in the mid 90s today, but it should not be as hot as the past two days.
Football Weather - For tonight's high school football games, it should be very warm and humid with temperatures at 85-90 at kickoff, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle.
Summit High School will be on the road this evening as they will be taking on Waxahachie at an away conference game (kickoff at 7:30p). As the sun sets, we expect a clear sky with highs in the low 90s at kickoff, falling into the low 80s by the fourth quarter or the final whistle.
Pattern Change - As a cold front comes through our area early next week, it should be noticeably cooler with highs in the low 80s, perhaps reaching down into the 70s in some days. Also, the chance for scattered showers and storms will also increase, mainly by Wednesday.
Additionally, a trough in the central Plains will begin to develop, which will suggest a pattern change for the central, and southern U.S., according to global models. This will open the door for much cooler weather for North Texas as September comes to a close. However, we should still stay dry as October is usually one of the driest months of the year.
Maria Still a Hurricane - Maria is still a Category three hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph with a northward movement of 7 mph. It will impact or stay just to the east of the Caicos and Turks Islands today, well to the east of the Bahamas.
By the middle of next week, the eye should end up somewhere between the East Coast and the Bermuda as a category one hurricane. Most global and ensemble models continue to take this out to see without making landfall anytime soon.
Also, Jose is now a post tropical cyclone near Cape Cod still. It should continue to hang around that area for a few days before dissipating.