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September 6, 2013

HARNED: Cloudy days on the horizon

— We’re making our way into the first weekend of September. The month that brings us fall and all the festival fun that goes along with the season. August ended with 23 days that were partly cloudy, five that were cloudy and four that were clear. We began this month with plenty of sunshine and low humidity, but that will be changing. In fact, clouds are expected to increase at times this weekend, especially Sunday with an isolated storm chance. While many could still use the rain, chances through the weekend appear slim. There’s a slightly higher chance for showers and storms early- to mid-next week.  

We’re starting to dry out in places across the Hoosier state, but nowhere close to the drought we experienced last year. Last week the numbers came out on how much last year’s extreme weather forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) to pay out.  It was a record-breaking $17.3 billion, with a 'b'.  In comparison, from 2001 to 2010, crop losses averaged just $4.1 billion a year, making the 2012 record-breaking FCIP payouts even more staggering. Last year Indiana recorded a loss of 97 percent, costing $1,130,302,660 due to drought, heat and hot wind.

WEEKEND FORECAST

SATURDAY

Partly to Mostly Sunny

HIGH: near 90°

SUNDAY

Partly Sunny

Slight Storm Chance

HIGH: near 90°

SEPTEMBER ALMANAC

Sept. 11 - Average peak of hurricane season

It’s been a slow start to the hurricane season… For example, by the beginning of September in an average year we would expect to have had four named systems, two of which would be hurricanes and one of which would be of category 3 or greater in strength.

Sept. 19 - Full Moon at 7:13 a.m.

The full moon in September is called the Full Corn or Full barely Moon. Traditionally corresponding with the time of harvesting corn or the time to harvest and thresh ripened barley. This month, the

September full moon will also be called the Full Harvest Moon, which is the full moon nearest the fall (Autumnal) equinox. It can occur in September or October.

Sept. 22 - Fall Equinox at 4:44 p.m.

Summer officially ends with the Fall (Autumnal) Equinox on Sept. 22 at 4:44 p.m.

— Kevin Harned is the chief meteorologist for WAVE 3 News. This column was produced as a partnership between the News and Tribune and WAVE 3 News.

 

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