Posted by Pete Bouchard
Well it's here. The end of 2012. The year that saw a mild winter/spring combo and a sizzling summer. We fell short on the precipitation, but won big in the hurricane lottery with Sandy making a pass around Halloween...which seems to be turning into quite a stormy time period here in New England.
And how do we go out? Um, kinda like we went in. Without a peep from any storms, and without a lot of cold.
Sure, 32 is pretty chilly, and it's going to feel like the mid 20s with a breeze, but it could be much, much colder...if we didn't have clouds. Clouds act as a blanket and reradiate the "heat" that would normally escape into the mid/upper atmosphere at night. The end result is a slow drop in the temperatures. In our case, it will only drop to about 31 in the city tonight.
Tomorrow, although the cold will be funneling in, there won't be a whole lot of chill. Highs make the mid and upper 30s with increasing sun. Not too shabby, right? Well, all the while the arctic air will be oozing in. We'll fall to single digits and low 10s by Wednesday morning. But here again, it could be worse. Low temperatures across Northern New England will fall to the teens below zero!
And that looks to be the rule this week. The coldest air will nestle in for the long haul to the north, but we'll just get a glancing shot with mid and upper 20s on Wed/Thu.
Happy New Year everyone! Be safe, be sensible and be home by 11pm.