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Beautiful weather here, but tropical troubles are brewing

Perfect. That’s your weather forecast for the next 7 days. Thanks for coming!

Seriously, this is what so many folks look forward to at this time of year. Those warm, pleasant afternoons and cool, crisp nights. Highs each day will be in the low 70s, while overnight lows fall into the mid to upper 40s. We start to warm up a bit more by the middle of next week, and humidity will increase somewhat as well, but we should remain mostly dry through the week. I originally thought we might see our first frost the first week of October, but it now looks like that will be delayed by at least a week. I’ll let you know as soon as I see the first hint of frost coming.

The bigger weather story will start shifting back to the tropics now. We have a disturbance in the Florida Keys this morning that has about a 40% chance of developing into a tropical storm as it makes its way up the west coast of Florida. Heavy rains and gusty winds can be expected across Florida, regardless of development. Farther east there’s another disturbance aiming toward Florida that will need to be monitored. It would be a threat by the end of next week (if it develops). Models are suggesting that we should see more development in the Caribbean the second week of October, which is unnerving since we get some really rough storms from there in October. It’s just something to keep an eye on for now, though.

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Be sure and keep all those who have been affected by this year’s storms in your thoughts and prayers. If you can, support a relief organization that you trust and who can help those who are hurting. Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia have all taken hard hits. Puerto Rico is just a complete disaster and many of those folks may move here as a result of this (they’re already US citizens, afterall).  And then there’s the whole array of islands that no one is even talking much about. It’s just a sad situation and hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30. We are so very fortunate to be where we are and we need to remember that more often.

So, I’ll leave you with this pic I found on our Twitter feed this morning. It was taken by a gentlemen by the name of Mark Hopper. He took this at a park in Canada, near Toronto. It won’t be long before we’ll be seeing lots of scenes like this! You all have a great weekend and try and get outside!

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