Many of you probably woke up to some frost on the pumpkin, as they say. We had quite a bit at the house this morning, with the fields looking like they had been snowed on. A light frost like we had last night is just what the leaves needed to really get them to changing colors. Colors tend to be most vibrant when nights are chilly and afternoons are warm. That’s just what we’ll have this week. Highs each afternoon will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s, with overnight lows in the upper 30s to lower 40s. The only exception is today, when we may struggle to get into the mid 60s. More scattered light frost is possible tonight.
We’ll remain sunny for the first half of the weekend. By Sunday, an approaching front may kick up our rain chances. Models are not in agreement with the timing of the front, so rain chances for Sunday may increase or decrease. The big news to walk away with from this is that this front will be the strongest one we’ve seen in a while and it will bring the coldest air of the season. It looks like we’ll definitely see our first freeze next week. I’ll keep you posted on just how chilly we will get. I’ll also have to keep an eye on severe weather chances. Remember, Autumn is our secondary severe weather season, as these cold fronts move in and bring in these big changes in our air masses.
With these nice, clear nights it can be an excellent time to go out star gazing. The Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend, but you can spot the meteors from it any night this week. I’ll remind you of other celestial things to see as we go through the week.
Ireland, Wales, and the UK were impacted on Monday with the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia. This was a very unusual storm in its strength, location, and track. But the storm had one more weird trick up its sleeve. The large circulation around Ophelia caused it to pull up dust from the Sahara Desert in northern Africa, as well as smoke from the huge wildfires occurring across Portugal and Spain these days. This dust and smoke, along with water vapor from the Atlantic, caused the skies to turn a freakish reddish color across the UK, Wales and Scotland yesterday. One of our Facebook weatherTAP followers from Scotland sent me this pic from his backyard. How bizarre is that?