September 22: This Is Fall?

Autumn officially arrived at 3:02 this afternoon — can you feel the difference?!?

The first weekend of fall will still feel more like the middle of summer, with temperatures still well above average through the middle of next week.  We’ll drop to the upper 60s tonight, with patchy dense fog developing after midnight:

High temperatures Saturday will top out near 90°, with the heat index running a couple of degrees higher than that:

Isolated storms will be possible in the afternoon, but just a 20% chance.  I don’t think they’ll have an impact on the Vanderbilt-Alabama game, but that’s largely a matter of luck.  Just be ready to sweat!

Pretty much a copy-and-paste forecast for Sunday:

The Titans have a 3:05pm kickoff, so it will be pretty brutal in the stands for that game as well.  Drink plenty of water before you head into the game, and stay hydrated while you’re there.  (That means WATER, especially if you’re also planning to enjoy beverages of a different nature.)

The hot and steamy pattern will continue right on into Monday and Tuesday as well.  The next decent chance of rain won’t move in until the last half of next week, and that’s when we’ll finally break out of the summertime weather pattern:

Eventually, I think one of those 30% days will end up in the 50-60% range, but I just don’t know which one yet.  But at least it looks like last couple of days of September will actually FEEL like late September.

Just a quick update on Maria, still holding onto Category 3 hurricane strength, but moving away from any populated areas:

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center still keeps Maria safely offshore over the next five days, which is great news for the East Coast.  Still a little too close for comfort, though…

Ran out of time for the nerd-links today, but they’ll be back next week…

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