Weatherman's Whimsy: Strange days in August

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With the 2017 Ohio State Fair in the rearview mirror, it's odd that we made it through without a single 90-degree day.

In fact, until today, the number of days this August with highs in the 70s exceeded the number of days with highs in the 80s!

Our last day in the 90s was July 19, when it hit 91. There were only two 90-degree days in all of July. There were five days in the 90s in June and none in May.

Looking ahead, I don't see any heading our way for the foreseeable future. So the question is, are you liking this?

If you're a die-hard summer fan or a big pool-goer you may be quibbling with all this. But our lawns and yards don't seem to be complaining.

Typically heat stress has taken its toll by this point in the season. But this year it's still green and lush as we approach mid-August.

Just grass, ya know? #becauseican #10tv #everywhere #lovemesomenature 📷 by MN

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Keep in mind, there's still over a month of summer left, so there's plenty of time for a hot spell. The cooler temperatures have also given us a break from prolonged episodes of severe weather.

Total Solar Eclipse

The next big "event" on our calendar is, of course, the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. We won't get totality here in central Ohio, but we should get about 86-percent. The key is, of course, having clear skies. For Columbus, the eclipse will begin about 1:04 p.m., peak around 2:30 p.m. and finish around 3:52 p.m.

Beginning next week, we'll have a much better handle on how the day shapes up. Remember, keep safety in mind. You can't look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. You need special glasses. Columbus Libraries and Metro Parks will have them available. You can also go "retro" and make your own pinhole projector.

Here's a link to more information on the path of the eclipse.

Coolville, Ohio

In honor of the cool weather, how about a little shout out to the town of Coolville in Athens County. While I'd love to believe that the name comes from prevailing weather conditions or just how darn cool it is to live there, it actually comes from the father of an early settler, named Simeon Cooley who came there in 1814.