By BRIAN GOODE
WAVE 3 News
NEW ALBANY —
We have quite a bit of rain heading our way for area football games Friday night, but sunshine and much cooler weather is in our future for the weekend. The pumpkins are now out at Huber’s and everyone is sensing the season change. And right on cue ... Fall begins Sunday afternoon at 4:44 p.m.
Some fall color has already started to show up as of late. Some of that has been due to a slight drought stress on the trees, but the sun angle is dropping. Low sun angle and shorter days are the main reason for the fall color change. Sunset now is taking place during the 7:30 p.m. half hour. We do not set our clocks back however until Nov. 3. Normal highs will start dropping as well into the upper 70s, but as you will read below ... we will exceed that next week.
As we close out summer, showers and thunderstorms will track across the region Friday evening and overnight. Some may contain some gusty winds, but this will mostly be a band of rain/lightning. We may still have some morning clouds Saturday, but sunshine should quickly develop throughout the day. The winds will shift more northerly and we will get to thank Canada for the cool air that will rush in as well. Highs will struggle through the 70s. Temperatures will stop to drop off pretty fast Saturday night as well with 50s widespread and perhaps even a few upper 40s. Sunday is looking absolutely amazing with blue skies and highs barely into the 70s. I wish I could say weather like that will stick around, but it does appear we will warm back up into the 80s next week. Lots of sunshine and dry weather will accompany those 80 degree days, as well. Hopefully we can get some decent rain amounts (more than .50”) with the Friday night rain as it will be several days before rain chances return back into the Hoosier state.