September Off to a Great Start: It's tough to put into words just how good September has been to us so far. The month started with a couple of days in the low 90s, but since then we have enjoyed daily maximum temperatures in the 70s and 80s with MANY hours of most days spent in the 60s and 70s. I know we spend a lot of time talking about "highs" and "lows" on daily weather casts, but the meat (or good portion) of most days have been 70s here lately. Of course, there's still some time for summer to put together a couple of solid runs in the 86°-92° range, so we won't get too optimistic about consistent fall-like temperatures just yet. However, the days are shortening and the clock is ticking on the number of days where heat and humidity will be a focus at all.
Consistent Summer Heat for Midwest... Not for Carolinas: You'll notice that the graphic posted on the right hand side of the page illustrates how this summer's temperatures stacked up to what we normally see around here compared to other parts of the country. There were some scorching days, but there were also some cool stretches. Once every day was factored in, June through August was near normal for much of our area and just a tick or so above normal for most of our Western North Carolina residents. The Midwest certainly felt consistent heat, yet the Carolinas only felt consistent high humidity. As usual, it's the high humidity that gives the false perception of high heat.
Furthermore, the map on the right shows many areas to our south and southwest ended up below normal for the period June through August.
One thing I will point out is that there's ALWAYS a decent chance there will be record heat somewhere. That place or those places experiencing record heat will likely garner many of the headlines leaving the cooler areas (such as south Georgia) ignored.
This Weekend: We will find ourselves in a non-active pattern this weekend. Storm chances won't be an issue due to fairly low humidity and the lack of any system to spark rain or storm activity. Our sky will remain under a mix of sun and clouds during the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It looks as if temperatures will be spent mostly in the 70s with daily highs reaching low 80s in the Upstate/NE Georgia and highs will remain in the 70s for Western NC.
Beyond the 7-Day: There is absolutely nothing I can see that points to heat re-establishing a strong-hold over the southeast during the next seven days or, for that matter, even out past the 20th and 21st. The first day of Autumn is September 22nd. We'll hope for more comfort in the days ahead. Enjoy the nice weather this weekend!