Meteorological fall is here and it feels like it thanks to Harvey

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By now, you've likely seen the massive flooding and damage left in Hurricane Harvey's wake. As the storm has moved inland, it has lost a lot of its punch, which is expected. When these systems move off the warm ocean and onto land, they get cut off from their heat and moisture source which is where tropical cyclones derive their energy.

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As Harvey has moved into the Ohio Valley, it has brought rain and cloud cover with it. As a result, both Friday and Saturday have been gloomy and dreary to say the least. Even though we didn't see the historic flooding that the Gulf Coast experienced last week, a lot of areas around Central Ohio got just under a half inch of rain to as much as 1.58" in New Albany from the dying system.

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The other big impact from Harvey in Central Ohio has been the huge cool down that we've seen - just look at the temperature map above. It's been warmer from Minneapolis to Seattle than it has been here in the Buckeye State! Obviously the added rain and cloud cover are contributing to this. We've also seen some cooler air from move over Midwest. This is really reinforcing our cool down and all these ingredients mixed together have gotten us into the record books!

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With highs of 62 on Friday, and 61 as of this writing on Saturday (6:15 P.M.), we're looking at two days in a row with the lowest high temperatures recorded out at the John Glenn International Airport in history (CMH is where the climate records are kept). Saturday's record has only stood since 2006 but Friday's has held since 1909 - 108 years! In fact, both days had high temperatures that were more in line with the normal low for this time of year. The autumnal equinox isn't until September 22nd but meteorological fall officially began on Friday, September 1st. The reason for the difference is that it makes record-keeping easier and fall-like weather is more common in September than summer-like conditions. Having said that, I couldn't help but chuckle after seeing the past two days with highs more common in late October on the first two days of meteorological fall.