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Weather Blog: The Autumnal Equinox

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Posted at 8:26 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 13:54:21-04

Happy Fall bloggers,

Fall starts today at 8:31 AM, in 5 minutes as of writing this blog.

It seems like a short and fast summer. Regardless, fall is here. In the video I try to explain what is going on astronomically when fall begins.

There is a Beta update followed by a day by day forecast through Sunday below the video.

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WEATHER FOR THE FIRST FIVE FULL DAYS OF FALL

We are still tracking Tropical Storm Beta. It is moving very slow and will drift towards Tennessee the next 3-5 days. So, we will not get any rain from Beta.

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Here is a radar image from 10 AM Tuesday. Beta is the small curl in southeast Texas. There is an upper low north of Beta located in northern Oklahoma. This system has grabbed some of the tropical moisture and is producing a large area of moderate to heavy rain as close as the southeast corner of Kansas and far southern Missouri. It will stay there all day before tracking east and falling apart. So, we are going to miss the rain from all of this. We will see just periods of clouds today and Wednesday.

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Here is a day by day look at the weather through Sunday.

TODAY:
Highs will be in the 90s across Nebraska and 60s where it is raining to our south. We are in the middle with highs in the 70s.

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WEDNESDAY:
The clouds and showers drift east where highs again are in the 60s along and south of I-44. The heat stays west while we see decent temperatures in the 70s along with periods of clouds. Our day will start with lots of clouds and perhaps some fog.

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THURSDAY:
We will see highs in the 80s as the clouds and showers move away. The heat grows in the western Plains.

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FRIDAY:
This is fall? We will see highs in the mid to upper 80s as it may reach 100 across southern Nebraska and northern Kansas ahead of the first of two cold fronts.

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SATURDAY:
The first cold front is on our doorstep and will move through Saturday evening. Highs again will be in the 80s as the summer like heat out west reduces. We do not expect any rain from this front and it is looking weaker and weaker on the new data.

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SUNDAY:
The first front moves through and basically retreats. So, now it looks like Sunday could see highs 75-85. The second front is on the way and will move through Monday. This one should be stronger and bring a fall feel back to the air.

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RAINFALL FORECAST THE NEXT 7 DAYS:
We do not expect much, if any rain, from the second front. So, the next 7 days look dry and it could stay dry for 10 more days. Heavy rain is likely in the Pacific Northwest, but not California. So, at least some fires will get extinguished. The rain to our south mostly falls the next 48 hours.

If you put seed and fertilizer down, you will need the sprinklers.

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Have a great fall and stay healthy.