It’s an honor and privilege to spend a couple weeks chatting weather with everyone while Kevin is expecting the birth of his second son. Kicking off this week, we’ve honestly got a pretty nice first week of September. A cold front clears the region today and the weather should be fair with lower humidity and temps in the Roanoke region. I’m expecting temps to be in the low to mid 80s for the remainder of the week with lower humidity, especially Wednesday through Friday. As of now, minimal chances of any precipitation for the entire work week with late in the weekend the next shot for precipitation.
Fall Equinox will be here on Sept. 22 at 4:44 p.m. This day is of course the one day of the year that the sun’s rays are at a midpoint at the equator and the day should be close to 12 hours light and 12 hours dark in those regions. However, meteorological fall kicked off on September 1, as the weathermen simplified it and just take the seasons on the quarter system (Winter is December -February, Spring is March-May and Summer is June- August)
After the very warm summers of 2010-2012, this did seem like a very cool and wet summer. Going month by month in Roanoke, June was .7 above normal temp wise with 6.49 inches of rain. Nineteen days had measurable precipitation. July was .3 above normal with an astounding 12.73 inches of rain on the month. That included the 3.88 inches of rain on July 10th that caused severe flooding in parts of the Roanoke Valley. Seventeen days of July had a trace or more of rain. Lastly, August checked in at -1.4 degrees on the month and much drier with only 2.55 inches of rain. Seventeen days had at least a trace of rain. The summer does check in below normal with a whopping .1 below normal. Crunching the numbers a bit more, the lows in June and July prevented the temps from being more below normal.
Scanning the tropics, we’ve got three areas of minor interest spread from the African Coast to the Yucatan, but nothing looks interesting for the first few days of the week. Some of the model data look a little more interesting later in the week for tropical development but nothing of note as of yet. The slow tropical season looks to remain slow through this week.
In summary, one could not ask for a more spectacular weather week for the first week of September!