The land has turned soggy and cooler air is making its appearance known to all. I actually pulled out my Carthartt coat last evening when I went outside to play with the dogs and walk the cat – yup, walk the cat – he knows when 7pm comes around and makes sure I have his leash ready to go outside, sometimes he even brings it to me. Monster is a very large long haired cat – one of my grandkids call him a catdog.
It is currently 54° at 6am and we had 1.18 inches of rain the past 24 hours. We had 37.31 inches of precipitation over the past water year which runs from October 1st to September 30th. The “Water Year” represents the annual cycle of cool season water storage and soil moisture recharge which typically occurs in the fall, winter and spring followed by the warm season where crops and other vegetation grow and use moisture. Below is the chart I created showing the precip in Otsego compared to the 30 year average.
Next we have the 24 hour rainfall totals for the state:
We should see an end to the rain later this morning/early afternoon, however, with the clouds moving out this will bring in a cooler airmass to make it feel very fall-like, especially for Friday when temps will struggle to get to 60°. Temps tonight will drop into the low to mid 40s south with chances of patchy frost from US-10 northward. I would say the growing season is closing up shop, though I do still a lot of green tomatoes left on the plants and a few green peppers.
It is time to cycle to the warm weather clothes as I believe the warm 70s and 80s are gone until next spring. (now I have said that we will probably have a warm spell to prove me wrong)…