I asked Capital Weather Gang Facebook fans and Twitter followers what one best word described today. My favorite suggestions make up today’s headline. Those imaginative adjectives perfectly characterize the indescribable, falltastic, scrumtrulescent and ausumm (to use a few more submissions) weather we’re having today which will carry right on through the holiday weekend.
Through Tonight: You’ll love spending time outside this evening. Skies are clear and temperatures gradually fall through the refreshing ly comfortable 60s. Late tonight, lows bottom near 52 downtown with mid-40s in the colder suburbs, where patchy fog may develop. Winds are calm.
Saturday through Monday: Sunny, warm days and cool clear nights continue. High temperatures edge up slightly each day with upper 70s Saturday, near 80 Sunday, and low 80s by Columbus Day. Overnight lows Saturday night range from the upper 40s to mid-50s (suburbs to city) and from the low 50s to upper 50s (suburbs to city) Sunday night.
Pollen update from Walter Reed: Trees, grasses, and weeds are LOW. Mold spores are MODERATE.
North Carolina had earliest snow on record: A Greenville, SC news station (WYFF4) is reporting the half inch of snow that fell on Beech Mountain Saturday, Oct. 1 (last week) was the earliest measurable snow on record in North Carolina. The previous earliest snowfall occurred on Mount Mitchell Oct. 5, 1980.
Pacific tropics: One hurricane (Irwin) and one tropical storm (Jova) are steadily increasing in intensity in the eastern Pacific ocean, while headed east towards Mexico. Jova, expected to become a hurricane very soon, is forecast to make landfall along the central Mexican coast Monday night. Irwin may also threaten the west Mexican coast sometime later next week, probably slightly north.
Earth Science Week: Next week is Earth Science Week, spanning October 9-15. Organized by the American Geological Institute, this year’s theme is “Our Ever-Changing Earth.” Learn more.