Posted by Pete Bouchard
Well, it's here.
No, not 2013, I'm talking about the arctic air. We've held it off for as long as we could, but now that we're into midwinter (with a regionwide snowpack) we were just delaying the inevitable. But before you start stewing gallons of hot cocoa and stockpiling cords of firewood in your living room, I want to call your attention to the mini warmup for the weekend. Certainly not enough to melt outdoor ice rinks and vanquish the snowpack, but it's a good sign that the deep freeze will be short-lived.
Next two mornings are tough though. Windchills tomorrow morning will be near 0 with a steady (not strong) breeze. And although Thursday morning is colder, there isn't a lot of wind. Sun will dominate the short term forecast too and afternoon highs will be manageable: mid and upper 20s.
Couple of mid-winter milestones coming up: the latest sunrise is Friday, and we'll start gaining a minute or more of daylight by the 5th.
Small steps folks, small steps.
The numbers are in for 2012. Thanks to a very warm spring and winter, last year will go down as the warmest on record in Boston.