A fall-like pattern emerging, followed by a quick return to summer

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Summary

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today, with perhaps a peak or two of sun. By this afternoon, we could even see a few light showers across the plateau. We have a lot of cold air up in the atmosphere and a weak disturbance swinging through. The combination of these two elements could lead to some showers. Otherwise, it will be a cool day, with highs in the 70s.

Tonight, skies should clear out and that will allow temps to fall into the 50s. It will be quiet the refreshing night. Those clear skies will stick with us through Friday, along with the fall-like temperatures of highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.

Summer returns rather quickly by Saturday, with highs in the 80s returning. The humidity will also start to move back in, as well. By Sunday we’ll have to introduce a slight risk for afternoon/evening storms. That Sunday forecast will extend through most of next week.

So, we get a taste of fall today through Friday, followed by a return to summer for Saturday and on into next week.

Tropics

No activity in the Atlantic but there is plenty of action in the Pacific. More on that in the News section below.

Records

On this day in 1956 we had a very cool air mass in place across the plateau. In fact, on the morning of August 22 we broke our all-time record low for the month of August on the plateau of 42 degrees! You have to wonder if some of the colder spots around maybe had some frost. How bizarre is that?

We’re not the only ones breaking morning low records for August 22. On this day in 1816 a severe frost struck all of New England and south to the Carolinas. The frost ended the growing season. For many locations, this remains the earliest killing frost on record.

There is one record high set for today. On August 22, 1923 Anchorage, Alaska hit the hottest temperature ever recorded there in the month of August. They soared all the way to 82 degrees. Can you imagine that being your all-time record high for August?

Finally, on this date in 1992 we watched in horror as Hurricane Andrew obliterated Homestead, Florida as he roared ashore. Andrew became the third category 5 hurricane to ever strike the U.S. and there hasn’t been a cat 5 make landfall in the U.S. since. The storm was very small and compact, narrowly missing Miami, Florida. Homestead boar the brunt of the storm as winds raced to over 160 mph, with gusts much higher.

Andrew was a weird hurricane in that it strengthened slightly AFTER making landfall. Today, we call this the “brown ocean effect.” The flat, swampy terrain of south Florida made Andrew think he was still over ocean water. Since atmospheric conditions were perfect for hurricane intensification, he intensified to a cat 5 after making landfall.

It would take the National Hurricane Center 10 years to realize Andrew was a five. Until then, he had been rated a four. After re-assessing the damage reports and looking over anemometer data that captured wind gusts to 175 mph, it was decided that Andrew had been underestimated and was actually a low-end cat 5.

Speaking of cat 5 hurricanes….

News 

This morning we learned that Hurricane Lane, in the Pacific Ocean, has reached category 5 status. Unfortunately, the hurricane is setting its sights on the Hawaii islands. The storm will not make a direct hit to the most populated islands, but it will have some heavy impacts. The storm is expected to weaken as it approaches the islands.

Keep in mind that Hawaii is not accustomed to hurricanes. They rarely get hit. The last time a major hurricane hit the islands was back in 1992.

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You all have a great day.

Continued prayers are appreciated for my grandma and the family. She remains in ICU for the fifth day. We’re taking shifts making sure someone is with her at all times. Hopefully, we’ll see some better progress today.