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The harvest is underway or soon will be around the central Midwest. That can be a stressful time for far farmers, especially in a year like this when so many other issues have come to the forefront, namely drought, a derecho, and something called Covid 19. The last thing our farmers need now is cool wet weather for any extended period of time. From my perspective the next 10 days fit the bill looking drier and warmer than normal on average.

Here's the 10 day rain departures on the EURO and GFS.

Over the next 10 days the GFS shows virtually nothing for my part of the Midwest. The EURO is dry as a bone too.

Regarding temperatures you are going to like the overall look of the next 2 weeks. The EURO has this for departures and they are all on the plus side of the ledger.

Days 0-5

Day 5-10

Day 10-15

The Climate Prediction Center is on the wagon too showing a 6-10 day outlook that's nice and mild.


Over roughly half of my area the temperature has reached the freezing mark (a couple times in spots) this fall. That means this mild dry pattern will qualify as Indian Summer in those locations. The definition is essentially a prolonged period of mild dry weather following a freeze. You can have more than one in any given year. Native Americans came up with the term to describe ideal weather conditions for the harvest of their crops. For those of you without a freeze yet, you will have to wait to "officially" see your version of Indian Summer. It will happen.

That brings me to this past weekend. The family and I got our virus masks out and ventured to the Green and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. I had always heard that fall in northern New England was special and it did not disappoint. Woodstock, Vermont is a neat place to visit and we also went to Hanover, New Hampshire, the home of the Ivy League's Dartmouth College. What a solid campus and town that was. It's a shame you have to be a genius or millionaire to go to school there!

Up in the high terrain the leaves were peaking and for lack of a better word, it was "stunning". I'm not kidding, you don't know which way to look. A mosaic of different colors surrounds you. Framed by the turquois sky it's a humbling closer to God experience that I'm glad I had the chance to see and feel. I thought of everyone back home and made sure to put a mental image in my mind for safe keeping. Here's what it looked like. Wish I could have done some fishing!

On that note and the fact there is nothing happening I will sign off tucked away in my little Portland rental home. The neighbor across the street "Otis" put up Halloween lights and has a sweet inflatable witch that cackles in front of the house. It's that time of year and I like it. Roll weather....TS


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