I hope you like your Octobers hot

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Main Threats

No major threats in sight.

Summary

Expect the summer-like weather to continue. The only “fly in the ointment” is the slight risk of an afternoon/evening storm over the next five days. No major pattern changes are in sight….for now.

Tropics

The tropics continue to be a bit interesting. I’m still watching the system in the Caribbean that could spin up into a storm within the next week. The system is only of interest because models want to take it into the Gulf of Mexico. We just have to watch and see if it goes westward into Mexico or northward toward the U.S. We always have to watch those systems. The good news is that it is not expected to become too strong. Many models keep it a tropical storm all the way up to landfall.

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Records

A few days ago I told you that we had our earliest freeze here in Crossville on the 2nd of October (1974). If you recall, I told you we had our hottest temperature on the 2nd, as well, in 1986. That 86-degree high temperature actually tied our record warmest day of October. The first time we hit 86 in October was on the fourth of October of 1954. That 86-degree temperature remains the warmest temperature we have ever had in October here in Crossville.

Personally, I like the warmer weather. I’m not ready for cold weather yet. My comfort temperature, even inside the house, is 75-80 degrees. I’m not ready to be cold, unless it gives us a foot of snow, of course (duh).

I often see weather playing a part in history. That is certainly the case with today’s record from Germantown, Pennsylvania of 1777. The Revolutionary war was underway and American troops marched by night to get to Germantown. They hoped to surprise British forces there. They hoped that copying surprise tactics they had employed at Trenton would be just as successful here. Their hopes were in vain.

They marched in darkness and in order to distinguish between friend or foe amongst them, they put white pieces of paper in their hats. Sure would stink if your paper fell out, right? 😮

The night march was long and it took time. The American forces hadn’t counted on it taking so long. They were far too short of their travel goal when the light of day began to shine. Gone was the element of surprise, for sure.

To make matters worse, a tremendously thick fog began develop at daybreak. Before long, the troops couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of them. A cannon fired and all he*% broke loose. Troops began firing, not knowing if they were firing at friend or foe. They just knew everyone else was firing and so must they.

We lost that battle. And we lost it due to friendly fire. The British needn’t fire a single shot. We did a fine and dandy job massacring our own troops. We simply could not see each other in all that fog. The confusion and chaos made the fog deadly.

You all have a great day and don’t let too much confusion and chaos into your life. Oh, and be careful if you have to shoot something in the fog. What? It could happen!

Take care

 

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