Today’s high at RFD was 89°. I’ll admit that I was sweating a little bit, and it wasn’t because it was hot. It was because 1) I said last night I didn’t think we’d make it to 90°, and 2) today was the last day of climatological summer. We reached 89° on three occasions this summer, but never managed to creep one degree higher than that. So, it’s now in the record books: Rockford experienced its first 90°-less summer ever.
Tomorrow, I’m looking for a high of 89°, although to be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if we nudge up to that elusive 90°. However, tomorrow is September 1, the first day of climatological fall. Close – but that only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
A cold front will provide us with some relief once we hit about Wednesday. It’ll bring with it a big drop in temperatures for the second half of the week with highs in the 70s. Rain chances with it hinge a lot on what Gustav does… if part of its remnants stream northward, we may have a three-day shot of rain. However, if it stays wholly in the South, then we have a measly one-day shot at showers.
Speaking of Gustav, its passage over Cuba weakened it more substantially than expected. Even better, it hasn’t been able to really get its act together since emerging over the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a far cry from the Category 5 it had the potential to become, but it’s still very strong and will have a major impact along much of the Gulf coast.
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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on August 31, 2008