Originally created 09/05/97

Cool days are here again



No, it's not the beginning of fall or even the end of summer. But it sure feels good after those long, sweltering August days.

A trough of low pressure along the Eastern seaboard has brought cooler-than-normal air to Georgia and the Carolinas just in time for the weekend.

We'll have two or three days to enjoy it before temperatures get back into the upper 80s, say forecasters with the National Weather Service.

The thermometer topped out Thursday at a pleasant 82 in Augusta. The expected low this morning was 50, or 15 degrees cooler than normal. Usually, Augustans must wait until late October to wake up to temperatures that low.

But the break from the heat is not exceptional, said forecaster Chris Collins at the Weather Service's office in West Columbia, S.C.

"It's September now and we'll have occasional spells like this," he said.

The weekend should be sunny and nice both days with temperatures in the low 80s - the perfect time, perhaps, to get that fall garden started.

Leafy vegetables such as lettuce, collards, spinach and cabbage are ready to go in the ground, as are the second round of pansies, snap dragons and other annual flowers, said Shawna Hare, a sales clerk at Green Thumb Garden Center in Augusta.

"And a lot of people don't realize this is the time to put out onions," she said. "That way, you can harvest early spring."