|Meteorologist claims fall is hiding right around the corner |
|Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 12:12 pm |
The dropping of the leaves and the changing of the colors haven’t necessarily been due to the emergence of the fall season in Northwest Tennessee.
The browning grass and falling leaves that are fading to brown can be attributed to the dry, hot conditions this region has suffered since the summer months began.
It also seems that there is no end in sight as the calendar proclaims the beginning of Autumn is upon the region, yet the temperatures tell a different tale.
According to National Weather Service of Memphis Meteorologist Marlene Mickelson, we do not have to hold out hope much longer for cooler temps.
“Starting Saturday, we are going to see a moderation in those high temperatures as a cold front moves into our region. There is also a slight chance of rain this weekend and we can expect to see more reasonable temperatures,” Mickelson explained Wednesday as temperatures hovered near 95 degrees outside.
Mickelson attributed the unseasonably hot temperatures to a strong high pressure system that has lingered over much of the southern Mid West.
While the lack of rain combined with the high temperatures have produced extremely dry conditions, Mickelson said the region is not in a drought stage, yet.
This is notably the trend of the summer season. According to a look back offered by the NWS of Memphis, there have been 104 days this year alone that the temperature has been above 90 degrees. The average for a calendar year is 55 days.
Although this summer was not the hottest on record at any site, the large amounts of humidity made it feel as if it were the hottest on record.
Dew points this summer frequently approached or exceeded 80 degrees, which is considered the highest that dew points can get, according to the NWS.
Those high humidity levels elevated heat indeces and prompted a significant amount of heat warnings this summer.
There were 34 days with heat index values at or above 105 degrees.
Looking ahead, meteorologists are predicting those temperatures to be behind us, at least for the upcoming week.
Through today, the Northwest Tennessee region remains under an elevated fire watch as temperatures are expected to reach near 96. A cool down is expected to occur on Friday as highs are expected near 89 that day with a 20 percent chance of rain. Low temperatures are expected to near 64 degrees.
Saturday’s outlook is even cooler as the high temperature is expected near 82 with a low of 58 degrees.
Sunday’s high temperature is expected at 76 with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Temperatures are projected to remain in the upper 70s during the day with lows dropping into the 50s throughout next week.
According to those predictions, the fall season seems it is right around the corner.