When I tell people I’m a meteorologist, the first question people ask me is “well, what’s the forecast for tomorrow?” My response is usually “I don’t know” because I don’t provide weather forecasts. Instead, I look back in time and reflect on what happened, based on the latest data presented to me. Usually I get odd looks from people, but trust me, it’s a pretty fascinating job.
With that in mind, I figured I would provide a couple of updates in regards to some posts provided last month, using the latest available weather data.
NFL Stadium Weather
At the beginning of the month, I did an analysis depicting which of the 32 NFL Stadiums experienced the nicest weather for each month of the season. As a reminder, here is the criteria:
Maximum hourly temperature is between 65F and 80F
Maximum hourly dew point is less than 65F
Average chance of overcast skies is less than 35%
Average wind speed is less than 10 mph
Little or no precipitation occurs.
Since it is October, I figured I would re-share the information for this month. Long story short, the number of stadiums with the nicest weather shift from north to south. Stadiums in the southeastern United States begin to pop up, including Atlanta, Charlotte, and Jacksonville. Jacksonville was not on the map in September, and rightly so, as during one of their games this year, the kickoff temperature was 97 degrees Fahrenheit, with a heat index of 107F. It was the warmest game in Jaguars history, and the hottest NFL game since 2003, when Green Bay visited Arizona.
Forensic Findings of Florence
The Weather Prediction Center maintains a database of the record amounts of rainfall in each US state during a tropical cyclone event. I analyzed and busted a record from South Carolina, where a 17” value for a particular day was called into question, and unable to be verified. I convinced the Weather Prediction Center to remove the SC rainfall record of 18.51” from Tropical Storm Jerry (1995) and replace it with 17.45” from Tropical Storm Beryl.
Of course, none of this matters now, as Hurricane Florence came in and destroyed the records for both North and South Carolina. The records now stand as 23.63” in South Carolina, and a whopping 35.93” in North Carolina.
Last week, I noted how hot it has been for the month of September, especially with overnight temperatures. I mentioned the analysis was only valid up to September 22nd. Since the month is over, I figured I update the information for the entire month. Hint, it didn’t get any cooler.
The southeast US baked during the month, especially during the evening, as it saw numerous overnight temperatures at its warmest. From the 22nd to the 30th, many more areas (including Tennessee and Alabama) saw records occur in just a weeks time. It will be interesting to see where these areas rank, when the official State of the Climate report comes out in a few days. And of course there is no end in sight for October. The Climate Prediction Center is predicting a warmer than normal month for most of the eastern US and Alaska. I guess fall won’t be happening any time soon.
So that’s a wrap on September! Here are some posts to look forward to in October:
First post in a series called “Alphabet Soup.”
Famous World Series games (weather speaking).
A southern fried edition of “Better Know a City Climatology.”
Embracing the Cloud.