Hail to the Warm-up
Posted by Pete Bouchard
I was at a school visit in Windham, NH today, and the topic was severe weather. You know, lightning, tornadoes...and hail. Just when I got to the hail part, guess what started falling out of the sky.
I think the weather gods liked the topic.
Anyway, it was hard to miss the hail today. If you were on the South Shore - right along the coast near Rt. 3 - it was a hail fail, however. Hardly enough cloudiness to pop a sprinkle, nevermind a downpour. Unfortunately, there's likely to be rain envy stewing tonight and tomorrow as the showers fade out.
Sun returns tomorrow in fine fashion. Great way to finish the workweek, fine time to see the Sox and a good time to rearrange your plans for the weekend...to possibly include shorts, t-shirts and a trip to the local beaches.
There will be lots of different takes on the forecast. From local forecasts to national, everyone will have a different take on the warm-up. But unlike investing in stocks, past history IS a good indicator of future results, and this is a setup that will set records and wilt flowers. Granted it's a dry heat, but so is a furnace.
The heat starts building on Sunday and carries through Tuesday. Gone are the seabreezes, the cool fronts and the clouds/showers. With those elements out of the way, we're going to cook. Highs will be in record territory Monday, with 90 degrees a serious consideration. Runners, this isn't about me, or the heat. It's about hydrating and taking it easy. PRs will have to wait. When we had this heat in 2004, about 20% of the runners didn't finish. Pretty good odds in retrospect, and probably due to the fact that everyone was well-prepared. Be that person.
We'll all be cheering, so at least you have that part covered.