OK, I know it will be in the 90's the next few days, but after all, it is Fall at least by some measures.
September is National Preparedness Month, and fall weather preparations can take many different paths.
Many of us will be on the road this Labor Day week-end. Have you checked the air pressure in your tires? Summer heat can cause tire pressure to be elevated, check tires when cool. If your car has a spare tire be sure and check its pressure. In the trunk, it's easy to overlook. It's also a good time to check the lights on your car. With the change of season and the fact darkness will be occurring earlier, now is the time to get those lights fixed. We will need them more than during the summertime. Rain may be in the forecast, so don't neglect the windshield wipers either.
Around the house it's a good time to check the gutters to make sure they are cleaned out. The summertime can be hard on roofs, so don't forget to look up when cleaning. Look around the outside of the house for trees, shrubs and debris that needs to be removed. As our grass and shrubs begin to go dormant in the next few weeks, with the first frost/freeze not far away, what we clean up now, will not be fuel for wildfire later.
Keep in mind that with cooler weather, we will want to run our heaters. Be sure and have them checked by a licensed professional. Carbon Monoxide is a killer, and a good cleaning and check-up will help keep utility costs down and could prevent a tragedy.
There has been a tot of hurricane and tropical storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific basins this year. Even though we are about 700 miles inland, a strong storm with lots of precipitation ( think Tropical Storm Bill, June 26th) can still produce significant flooding. We need to be aware of those tropical systems as they can produce negative impacts in our back yard.
While we are talking backyard weather, fall can also produce severe thunderstorms and tornados. It is a good idea to remain weather aware when we are going to football games, camping or hunting. Lightning is a killer, remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!
The weather affects us all, in whatever we are doing. Let's all stay weather aware, and be safe!