Had enough of summer? Good news: fall's going to arrive almost right on schedule this week. If you've been a regular watcher, you probably heard me say that the first good cold front of fall almost always arrives in about a 10-day window at the end of September. There are rare exceptions, but generally we can count on that being true.
This September has been especially brutal. Temperatures in Columbus hit 96º Friday and Saturday, setting record highs both days. Counting Sunday, 21 out of 25 days this month have reached 90º or higher, and our lowest lows have been a couple of 65s back on the 6th and 7th. Average temperatures to date come in well above normal and not much like fall. But right on cue, a pattern change is about to take place, and it promises to send a front plowing south and right through our area as soon as Tuesday night.
What does that mean for our weather? How about a cool breeze, a drop in humidity, mornings lows in the 50s, and pleasantly mild afternoons? That sounds like fall to me.
There are still a couple of unsettled aspects to our upcoming weather, though. We are in desperate need of some rain, and the front will bring our only chances before it dries out. We'll have a shot at scattered thunderstorms late Monday through Tuesday night ahead of the front, though amounts will be light and nothing severe is expected. There are also signs that we might see a return of humidity after next weekend, plus some tropical mischief is starting to show up the first week of October with models indicating at least the potential for an Atlantic hurricane.
Detailed forecasts from the WRBL First Alert weather team are found here and in our regularly scheduled broadcasts. Check out what Carmen Rose has to say tonight and then I'm back at work from vacation Monday morning and noon. Bring on fall!
Kurt Schmitz, Senior Meteorologist