Another year, another footstep towards eternity, another birthday. As one gets into retirement in their 60s they realize their mortality and wonder how they made it through the rebel years of their teens and 20s. We understood our mistakes and hopefully learned from them bettering ourselves and became decent law-abiding human beings.
Luckily I made good choices in regards to putting away money to afford an early retirement two years ago, now I have jumped through the federal hoops of medicare the past couple months and am set for life such as it is.
To the youngsters out there – listen to your parents and grandparents – we went through the same things you are going through, made stupid mistakes and learned valuable life lessons. Of course, if you were like my dad he provided little information on these things, it was sink or swim. If you got into trouble you had to find your own way out.
Enough rambling, let’s get on with the weather:
The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Hellenistic astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Various computations of the dog days have placed their start anywhere from 3 July to 15 August and lasting for anywhere from 30 to 61 days. Both the ancient Greeks and Romans noticed that the star Sirius — the dog star, Canis major in the Orion constellation — began to rise with the sun not long after the summer solstice. While this is often the hottest time of the summer, and publications like the Farmer’s Almanac placed the dog days as occurring between July 3 and Aug. 11 each year, even though Sirius doesn’t rise and set with the sun until mid-August now which I have always considered the dog days.
I have 50° at 6:30 this morning with expectations of another dry comfortable day. Lots of sun is on the way and life is good.
-- Mainly dry and mild through Saturday -- No changes to the forecast thinking through most of the day on Saturday. We expect some cumulus development this afternoon to go along with some high clouds as a weak upper short wave moves through the area. Broad scale subsidence rules over the region, negating any real effects the short wave tries to bring in. A dry atmosphere will keep the chance of rain down to near zero with this wave. Once this short wave moves through today, ridging in the upper levels and the surface will bring mostly sunny skies and warming temperatures through Saturday. -- Multiple chances of storms Saturday night through Tuesday -- The next chance of rain for the area will begin Saturday night. The upper ridge to our west will gradually get flattened by an incoming trough from the Pacific NW. This will create a somewhat zonal flow that will bring a series of short waves through the area. The first short wave will arrive toward sunset Saturday evening. A bit of warm and moist advection ahead of this wave will help to bring the chances of showers and storms. This period of rain chances looks to last into Sunday morning before ending as the short wave moves east of the area. The next cluster of storms looks to make a run at the area sometime centered around the late Sunday night through Monday time frame. It appears that a MCS develops well west of the area Sunday evening with a low level jet ramping up, before diminishing as it approaches early Monday morning. Then, for areas that can avoid the morning convection, or destabilize again, will likely see a few more storms Monday afternoon as the cold front with this upper wave moves in. A lot of uncertainty with regard to storm development, so will keep it simple for now. -- Warm and dry mid-week next week -- Right now, it looks like the cold front approaching on Monday, should be clearing the area early on Tuesday. This would sweep out the warmer and more moist air mass. We should be in a quiet area with the front/warmth/moisture well south, and the upper cold pool staying north of the area. This would bring fair conditions and seasonable temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday.