Pretty weather abounds as astronomical autumn approaches
In the lull between cold fronts the weather over Fredericksburg continues bright, blue skied, and beautiful (some alliteration hyperbole there). The temperatures today (Thursday) and Friday will climb a bit each day, with tomorrow’s high reaching the low 80′s (F). Another cold front will approach the area Saturday and perhaps bring some scattered thunderstorms.
Saturday also ushers in astronomical autumn, the day on which the sun is directly overhead Earth’s equator. This provides exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime for us as the sun rises in the due east and sets due west. (Note: meteorological autumn occurred on September 1st.) After Saturday the nights will be longer than the days as the sun retreats southward, resulting in the cooling of the atmosphere over the Northern Hemisphere.
So what does this mean for our weather? According to the Climate Prediction Center the month of October will be a bit warmer than normal:
(For reference, normal high temperatures for the ‘Burg as October begins are in the low 70′s and finish the month in the low 60′s.) The accompanying precipitation graphic – not shown here – indicates the Old Dominion will see basically normal precipitation chances for the month.
Enjoy the fall weather!