After the Squall

With the sun finally making an appearance again today, we’re expected to get into the mid-70s.

You might have thought that with a monster tropical storm committing seppuku all over top of us on Monday we would have had some pretty warm temperatures these last two days, but that wasn’t the case. Yesterday I had to turn off the A/C in my car because the outside temperature was actually cooler — mid-60s — than what I like to have inside the car.

We’d had a cold front come through while Irma was pillaging America’s Wang, which I confess played into why I stopped short of panic as I watched her approach; apparently even a monster tropical storm can be staggered by a wall of dryish, coolish air athwart its path. The weather professionals must have expected the cool pool to make way submissively for the whirlybitch. It didn’t.

There’s even been a very slight but noticeable increase in autumnal coloration hereabouts, and less lost foliage than the media frenzy had led us to expect. A rather large tree did take out a section of long-suffering fence belonging to one of our neighbors Monday, but on the home acres there were about as many fallen limbs as we typically see after a single severe thunderstorm.

The lawn is still soggy though, and likely to remain so for a few days. As it warms up, the standing water and damp ground will give up some of its moisture to the atmosphere, increasing the humidity. And as humidity increases, the take-up of ground moisture levels off. If the humidity leads to thunder, said take-up will actually go into reverse.

We could use a few more cold fronts, is what I’m saying. Alas, it’s still only September.

1 thought on “After the Squall”

  1. To be a weather professional, one needs to learn all manner of what I kiddingly refer to as “occult” mathematics (because I never could master it) — yet for thousands of years people managed to have a fair idea of what to expect from the weather based solely on experience and observation, and that fundamentally human talent for recognizing patterns.

    With apologies to Mrs. McG and her colleagues, if I can more accurately anticipate what’s going to happen when Irma hits my home acres than the professionals can, that would seem to imply that (despite it being a unique event in my personal experience) there really wasn’t anything all that unusual or unprecedented happening.

    I submit that the professionals may find some of the error in their weather models (as opposed to climate models, otherwise known as “drivel”) is introduced in their attempts to account for … drivel.

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