The Next Few Days May Literally Stink
Stink Bug Invasion
Two for the price of one. According to a Penn State entomologist there will be two generations of stink bugs stinking up September instead of the usual one. The warmer than average winter along with the hot summer has made for ideal conditions for these pungent pests to multiply. The cooler than average September weather beginning today means they will seek shelter in our homes where it is warmer. While they don't bite they do stink. The reason they get their name according to Terminix is they smell and the odor is in the nose of beholder:
"Some think it smells like a skunk. Others say it smells like burnt tires. Some swear it reminds them of cilantro, a pungent herb used in Latin American cuisine. Stink bug odors have also been described as oily, dusty, woody and earthy – it really depends on the species and the person."
2020 stinks enough already so why not bring on the stink bugs? The picture below is one of the critters trying to get into my garage this week.
Cool For A Couple Days
Wednesday warmed up to 84° at O'Hare. It was the fifth straight day with temperatures above average. So far September is running just under 2° above average. A cooler pattern kicks in today with highs in the 60s expected through Sunday. A brisk northeast wind will keep highs in the lower to middle 60s today.
Tonight's lows will fall into the middle to upper 40s well west of the city. If it falls to 54° or cooler at O'Hare it would be the coolest temperature we've seen since the middle of June.
The GFS model shows middle 50s for lows in and around the city tonight.
The long term temperature trend continues to suggest a warm up for the end of the month. The 6-10 and 8-14 day temperature probability forecast has an expanding favored of above average temperatures settling south and east out of the plains over the midwest.
Dry End To September?
After starting off September soggy with 9 of the first 13 days reporting rainfall the past three days have been rain free. The GFS model keeps us dry all the way through a week from this Saturday. Rainfall for the month at O'Hare is 1.76" or 1.02" above average.
The longer range rainfall outlook could mean the moderate drought might deepen again in parts of Illinois. Both the 6-10 and the 8-14 day precipitation probability forecasts have us outlooked for below average rainfall overall for the end of the month.
Danger At The Shore
Strong winds northeast winds developing off the lake spell danger along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Those winds will whip up big waves up to 8 feet. A beach hazards statement has been issued until 4 am Saturday. There is also lakeshore flood advisory in effect from 7 pm tonight through 7 am Friday.
Here are the impacts of that according to the National Weather Service:
The large waves crashing into the shoreline may lead to ponding of water along lakeshore parks and trails. Onlookers may be swept into the lake by the large waves. The dangerous conditions will be life- threatening for anyone caught in the lake.
Here is my 7 day forecast:
Today: Partly to mostly sunny, breezy High: 69
Friday: Partly to mostly sunny, breezy Low: 53 High: 62
Saturday: Sunny skies Low: 47 High: 65
Sunday: Sunny skies Low: 48 High: 69
Monday: Mostly sunny Low: 51 High: 74
Tuesday: Mostly sunny Low: 56 High: 75
Wednesday: Mostly sunny Low: 58 High: 76