Autumn Arrives

By: PugetSoundPost , 2:57 PM GMT on September 26, 2011

September 29, 9:00 PM
Wonderful Day!

The seesaw has swung back up again! What a terrific couple of days we have had! Blue sky sunshine and warm again. High pressure overhead has bathed us in glorious warmth - topping out at 83 degrees today! Love it! Our low, however, this morning was 44, which is easily our lowest of the season so far. Rain is coming, but for now - Wow!

September 26, 9:45 PM

Just finished cleaning up after serving a spaghetti dinner in our house to around 25 high school girls on my daughter's swim team! We both seem pleased with how well that all turned out and actually it was fun!

Our early season storm blew through today too. It has been overcast/rainy all day, with the rain easing up/quitting later this afternoon sometime (not exactly sure when, too busy cooking!), but it hasn't cleared either. At this moment we have had a high of 62 today, rang up .27" rain and had a high wind of only 20 mph, which occured this evening. In the end the totals aren't all that impressive, but the temperature dropped a lot even since yesterday, it is breezy this evening while the trees are rustling substantially outside, the clouds never cleared away or broke through, and all in all it is still a dramatic shift from just a handful of days ago. The headline today is Fall is Here.

Update: I just read that today dropped 5 inches of rain in the Olympics, and storm force winds were reached just off the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula. So I would say it was a potent storm out that way.

September 26, 8 AM

We knew that the late season blast of summer couldn't last long, and it didn't. Autumn has arrived with a pronounced statement.

This morning looks very different from the rest of September up to now. With sunrise not until 7 AM and the solid overcast, and presently a dripping light rain falling, by all appearances, it is surely fall now. We are expecting a lot more rain today, and another breezy/windy day on top of it.

Moreover, today is not the first of this. Yesterday brought in our first Autumn Storm of the season. It was a drier storm - .17" rain total for us, but after a summer of one continued lull, a sharp wind blew up and for us that meant 31 mph at the peak! It was gusty for much of the day, sending a lot of my deck pots and flowers tumbling. Even so, it is still early fall, and the remnants of the recent summer were still in the air too. By afternoon it had cleared and the sun brought the high temperature up to 71, which was quite pleasant in the sunshine, even with the gusts, but also a decidedly large drop in temp over what we have been experiencing. By evening the wind had blown itself out and it was pleasant.

Then today came and a whole new system is approaching, with more overall potency than yesterday's system. This one promises to be a lot wetter region wide (maybe 2-3 inches of rain in the mountains, much less down here - maybe half inch or so) and the wind is going to increase again today, back to another blustery afternoon/evening. This storm has remnants of Typhoon Roke entrained, so there is a decent amount of precipitation on the way. A rather deep offshore low tracking north will whip up our winds, so between the decent rainfall and the winds, today will be distinctly fallish and our first real shot of the change of the season. Currently it is 53 before 8 AM, so it is cooler by a lot than it has been, but it is still fitting into an early fall situation.

Sunny skies should return by mid week for a short spell and it will be nice, but again, not summer, and instead it is Fall.

September 26
Sunrise: 7:00 AM --- Sunset: 6:58 PM
(losing 3 min, 26 sec. tomorrow)

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5. PugetSoundPost
4:06 AM GMT on September 30, 2011
Hi Briar! You very well matched us today. Our low was 44 (I suspect yours was colder) and we ended up at 83, very close to the forecast you cited! But we had no fog - only sunshine all day! Wasn't it a really delightful day? And perhaps more so by coming this late in the year. I hope you made good progress on your weed-whacking! I had great intentions of making it into the yard today, but the day went a different direction - but a good one!
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4. BriarCraft
4:36 PM GMT on September 29, 2011
It's 9:30 and a foggy 44° here, with a forecast high of 81°. The thermometer really moves fast, rising and falling, this time of year. Fall is definitely in the air. And from what I'm hearing, it is definitely La Nina II, although less severe than last year.

I'm making a final push to finish my weed-whacking project today and looking forward to getting some gardening done tomorrow before it rains again.
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3. Buckey2745
6:30 PM GMT on September 28, 2011
Hey PSP, thanks for the comment! I'm glad to be back and I'm ready to start writing about weather again... not so much about my drama. Thank you for the kind words... now bring on the snow!
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2. PugetSoundPost
4:51 AM GMT on September 27, 2011
Thanks for stopping by, WTS! The season has changed and the fall storms are underway, but also they will sputter along too. During this early season there can still be some prolonged nice spells ahead, but it will still certainly just be Fall. I hope you can get some rain out of Hilary. I have enjoyed the rain we have had this week. Not tired of it yet! Thankfully!
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1. WatchinTheSky
3:58 AM GMT on September 27, 2011
Ah, this time of year I have to look longingly at the systems going into the PNW only to be blocked from dropping south by the fall highs that build over Ca and Nv. Have not heard much lately about La Nina coming back. Local TV is teasing the possibility of some leftover moisture from Hilary making up to us, that would be fun! Nice new pics! Especially like Rainier Afloat. Congrats!
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