October always seems to zip by so fast. I suppose the weather has something to do with that, especially in Octobers like this one, which bring cool mornings and warm afternoons with sunshine and low humidity. Many folks have been looking forward to this kind of weather ever since midsummer and the long days of high humidity, scorching heat, and feast or famine on rainfall (either stormy downpours or lawn-wilting dry spells).
October brings less rain on average than any other calendar month, fewer rainy days, and more sunshine. This year has worked out great - only two days with rain, one of those providing us with a good soaking so things can stay green until the brilliant fall colors arrive.
And the way the pattern is shaping up, we could get through the rest of the month without any more rain. We'll almost certainly stay dry for the next 7 days, getting us close to Halloween without any major storms. Of course, this wouldn't be October without a little fun and games, and it's our old friend the GFS forecast model that today is reminding forecasters that we have to stay on our toes. The model wants to bring a hurricane into Florida next Wednesday. (Just keep in mind this model loves to tease weathermen by doing this - we've seen these "ghost" hurricanes show up time and time again this year even though the Atlantic season has been amazingly quiet.)
GFS surface map for Wed. 10/29
As for temperatures, who can complain? We may see our coolest morning to date on Thursday with low and mid-40s widespread across the Chattahoochee valley, and another chilly one on Friday, but after that a warming trend is likely to have the highs back near 80º by early next week. It's one of the rare times when we can get by in our homes without central heat and air for a few weeks, not to mention being able to get outside in the fresh, clean air.
So enjoy this little stretch of fantastic weather, and let's hope it can indeed hang on through Halloween. November will bring a return to Standard Time and dark evenings, peak fall color, and more clouds, rain, and likely our first freeze. The run-up to Thanksgiving and the holiday season has its own appeal, but we'd rather it doesn't come upon us before we've had a chance to soak up a bit more of October. (And hope for an exciting World Series!)