MISSOULA — Happy September 1st!
Happy first day of Meteorological Fall!
Meteorological Fall is set to our calendar year and follows a 91-day period (three months) which closely resemble seasonable trends like temperature and rainfall.
Astronomical seasons follow the earth’s tilt and the sun’s position in comparison to the hemispheres.
After a 22-degree below-average day on Monday, Tuesday shaped up to be a little more seasonable.
Blue skies were overhead most of the afternoon with a spotty cloud here and there.
Rain stays out of our extended forecast, and warm weather stays in.
Our temperature trend continues on the upslope through Friday.
We will be topping out in the mid to upper 80s through Thursday, and Friday we are expected to hit the low 90s.
The only noticeable difference between these next few days will be the afternoon wind.
Wednesday afternoon gusts will reach from 25-35 MPH in most Western Montana valleys.
On ridge tops, expect gusts to be closer to the 45 MPH range.
If you were thinking of beating the warm weather by heading out on the boat on Flathead Lake, expect to run into some chop throughout these afternoon hours on Wednesday.