Posted by Pete Bouchard
Door closed on the sunshine today. As a result, our highs only flirted with 40 degrees. Meh on that, but the big news of the day is...
We officially started the 1st day of meteorological spring. Astronomical spring (the part where the sun crosses the equator into our hemisphere) won't start until March 20th. Nonetheless, it's a time to reflect back on a very lopsided winter in Boston:
Snowless and mild. Precipitation was above normal in December, but it was our 7th driest January on record
We hit the wall. Snow hit us hard and the temperatures dropped to almost 2° below normal.
Overall, the winter was above normal by almost 2 degrees, and our precipitation was almost 2" above normal with snowfall almost 10" above normal (10th snowiest in Worcester!).
Suffice it to say the drought we were in from late 2011 to Jan of this year is in full retreat. That's not to say we'll stay wet, but certainly the reservoirs, ponds and lakes are running much higher now. If you want to crunch the numbers yourself, click here.
Onto the weekend. Ready for a...
..lot of clouds? Upper level low pressure system will plague us with lots of gray and a few opportunities for a shower or snowshower. Highs make it to the low 40s each day. Kinda blah, very much early spring-like.
Long range...hmmmm...how do I spin this looming threat for a (massive) nor'easter? Glancing shot? Direct hit? Well, they're all possibilities at this point. Most of the weather models push it off the Mid Atlantic far south of us. Still, I'm leary (no relation to Worcester's native son): very few of these types of storms sail out to sea without a visit to New England. And, as stated in last night's blog, storms of this nature rarely show direct hits 5-7 days in advance. They typically creep into the forecast picture over the course of days. There have been some weather maps in the last 24hrs. that DO show us getting hit, but then they back off again. It's this kind of 'noise' that makes me nervous. There are important milestones ahead, so stay in tune to the weekend forecasts with Chris!!
Make it a good weekend.