September is typically one of the most comfortable (and easy to forecast) months in the New England year. Last year, the warmest days during September were in the low 80s°F while the coolest were generally in the mid 60s°F. In addition, nearly two-thirds of the days featured sunshine. By contrast, this month we have already experienced two days with highs in the mid 90s°F. However, those days were quite anomalous and most likely we are done with such hot weather for 2007. Already the fall march of cool Canadian high pressure areas towards the south has begun, with the first hard freeze since the spring being felt in the Upper Midwest earlier this week. This time of year marks the peak of Atlantic Hurricane season and there are two systems currently of note. After making landfall in east Texas Wednesday, the remains of Hurricane Humberto may add some moisture to a cold front for us over the weekend, and Tropical Depression 8 east of the Virgin Islands bears watching.
As summer fades into fall, the days will get shorter, the weather will become more changeable, and the Red Sox magic number will continue to shrink. Despite the chaotic nature of the atmosphere and Terry Francona’s bullpen usage, I can say all of those things with near certainty. Furthermore, I can be very confident that Mother Nature will comply with most, if not all, of our plans as the recent nice stretch of weather continues. The week won’t be without changes (as always), but thankfully we will not see temperature extremes like the 55°F to 96°F jump we saw from last Monday to Saturday.