August is in the books, and all of September is ahead of us.
For meteorologists, this marks the end of meteorological summer, the three hottest months of the year, and the beginning of meteorological fall, the next three months to follow summer.
It's also a busy weather month on multiple fronts (pun intended).
September marks the the peak of tropical storm and hurricane season with more storms forming during this month than any other.
Outside of the oceans and coastal regions, it's a month of transition.
This is the time when the jet stream begins to dip a little farther to the south, allowing cooler air from the north to move into the continental United States.
With sudden, drastic temperature changes, we tend to see a small bump in the number of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across the Southeast this month.
However, it does look like temperatures will be a little slower to change this month.
Long-term outlooks are showing warmer than average temperatures east of the Rockies, up and down the West Coast, and across Alaska.
This means for most of the country September may look more like July or August, the middle of summer, instead of the beginning of fall.