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Another Nice Week Ahead

By: DenverMark, 11:48 AM GMT on September 23, 2008

Another week of pleasant early fall weather is in store for the Front Range as the ridge of high pressure continues over the West. Today should reach the low 80s in Denver. After a weak cold front passes tonight, it will be a little cooler with the high in the 70s tomorrow. The rest of the week will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s and lows in the mid to upper 40s.

There is no cold outbreak or threat of a freeze on the horizon yet, so it's time to enjoy some great weather and keep harvesting the gardens. Aspen color should be peaking in many mountain locations...we'll try to get some pics today!


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SPLIT PERSONALITY SEPTEMBER

While the first half of this month was very cool and brought some moisture, the second half has been sunny and warm. September as a whole may average out close to normal.

Updated: 12:15 PM GMT on September 28, 2008

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Sunny Warm Days/Cool Nights

By: DenverMark, 12:08 PM GMT on September 14, 2008

A NICE STRETCH OF WEATHER AHEAD

Denver will enjoy sunny, calm weather for the rest of this week, with highs warming to the low to mid 80s while lows drop to the upper 40s. Perfect for ripening up some tomatoes! I can wait on the freeze and snow for for a while. The mountains had a little snow above timberline late last week, but that should melt off with the warmer temperatures the next few days. Fall colors in the mountains should be peaking in about 10 days...we'll be out taking pics of the aspens.


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BACK HOME...Saturday, September 13

We had a great vacation back East! Hanna was moving up the coast when we flew into Philly, and it was windy and rainy there for a few hours, then the storm moved on. After that we had nice weather for a couple of days to visit family and go down to the Jersey shore. A big thunderstorm hit at the shore last Tuesday afternoon, probably dumping about 2" of rain in an hour. We did have some cloudy weather last Wednesday driving down the Delmarva to Virginia Beach, but then it cleared out for the rest of our trip. We enjoyed the Outer Banks of North Carolina before heading back up to Philly to catch our flight home.


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Meanwhile, back here in Denver, it was mostly cool while we were away. There was some rain, with .79" at the airport Thursday and Friday. Our gauge in Thornton picked up 1.40", then after we got home last night another shower moved through and dropped .14". The first half of September has averaged about 6 degrees cooler than normal in Denver...it's definitely an early fall for us this year.


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IKE

Let's keep all the people affected by Ike in our thoughts and prayers, that help can get to those trapped in their homes, and for the recovery of the affected areas in Texas and Louisiana.

Updated: 11:49 AM GMT on September 16, 2008

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Meeting Hanna In Philadelphia!

By: DenverMark, 12:11 PM GMT on September 02, 2008

HURRICANE CHASING VACATION??

We have a flight scheduled to Philadelphia tomorrow...but will it be cancelled? Tropical Storm Hanna will be moving up the East Coast, producing heavy rain and windy conditions at PHL when we are scheduled to arrive. The purpose of our trip was originally to visit my uncle and cousins in New Jersey, then go to the shore for a few days...but it may turn into a storm chasing trip LOL!!

After Hanna passes, hopefully we will have nice weather early next week. But then comes Ike! Right now, Florida is most at risk, but the NOGAPS model shows Ike making a sharp turn to the north. We will be watching closely...if Ike threatens, then we will retreat to a safe inland location and hunker down.

This would not be my first encounter with a hurricane or tropical storm. In September 1985, I was in Philadelphia when Hurricane Gloria came up the coast. In the city, winds gusted up to 50 mph with 4-5" of rain.


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MEANWHILE BACK IN DENVER...

Today will be partly cloudy and cool with highs around Denver only in the upper 50s. Sunshine and warmer temperatures will return Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s.

While it will be chilly in the mountains today with a chance of showers, any snow showers will be limited to the highest peaks.


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DENVER AUGUST SUMMARY

August saw quite a variety of weather in Denver! The month started out with an extreme heat wave. Record highs were set with 104 on the 1st and 103 on the 2nd. There were some intense thunderstorms on the 5th and 6th. The airport set a daily precipitation record on the 6th with 1.29". At our house in Thornton, 2.59" fell on the 6th, most of it in just over an hour. After a period of normal temperatures, a very cool, wet spell set in at mid-month. On the 15th and 16th, highs failed to get out of the 50s with record low maximums set both days (59 and 58). Most Front Range locations received 2-3" of rain. The end of the month was warmer and drier. For the whole month, temperatures ended up near normal as the early heat wave was balanced out by the very cool temperatures at mid-month. Precipitation was much above normal. Denver International Airport recorded 4.03" of rain for the month, making it the third wettest August on record. Only 1979 (5.85") and 1951 (4.47") were wetter.


AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (official location):

Average high 85.1F (29.5C)
Average low 57.8F (14.3C)
Monthly mean 71.5F (21.9C)
(0.2F/0.1C below normal)

Highest 104F/40C on the 1st
Lowest 50F/10C on the 15th and 16th

Number of days with high 90F (32.2C) or above...11
Number of days with high 100F (37.8C) or above...2

Total precipitation 4.03" (102mm)
(2.21"/56 mm above normal)

Number of days with precip 0.01" (0.2 mm) or more...7
Number of days with precip 0.10" (2.5 mm) or more...4
Greatest in 24 hours 1.31" (33 mm) on the 6th-7th


DOWNTOWN DENVER (21st and Broadway air quality monitor):

Average high 85.7F (29.8C)
Average low 63.0F (17.2C)
Monthly mean 74.4F (23.6C)

Highest 102F/38.9C on the 1st
Lowest 51F/10.6C on the 15th and 16th

Number of days with high 90F (32.2C) or above...11
Number of days with high 100F (37.8C) or above...1


AT OUR HOUSE IN THORNTON

Total precipitation 5.06" (129 mm)
Number of days with precip 0.01" (0.2 mm) or more...9
Number of days with precip 0.10" (2.5 mm) or more...5
Greatest in 24 hours 2.59" (66 mm) on the 6th


Updated: 12:43 PM GMT on September 05, 2008

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