Warding Off The Storms
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Typically in April, we're doused with up to 3 1/2 inches of rain in Boston, and just under 4 in Worcester. There are some years, however, that we receive tons more, or just a fraction of that.
This may be a fractional year. So far we've picked up just over an inch and a third...and there isn't any in the forecast for tomorrow. Why has it been so dry? And why are we so confident in the rain-free forecast?
Well, we've dodged a number of big rain events here in town (Cape was deluged but only a few cents here in Greater Boston), and the new pattern emerging is all about keeping us dry. It's what we call a block, and if there's any time when forecast confidence runs high, it's when we're in this kind of situation. We can see out for several days to a week, and as long as the block stays overhead, we stay dry.
Cooling sea breezes will rule in this setup. Along with a reinforcing shot of cool air (that comes to us from the Maritime Provinces), the numbers will actually fall late week. But take heart, there is a warmup heading into the weekend, and perhaps a touch of summer in the long range.
Until then, you may want to think abou dragging the garden hose out...especially if you have sandy - or easily draining - soil.