On The Dry End of a Block
Posted by Pete Bouchard
We've been lucky this spring. Sure, it's been a little chilly...and gray...but there hasn't been a lot of rain or flooding. In fact, since March 1st, we're almost 3 1/2 inches in the hole! Pretty telling.
In the meantime, the High Plains, Midwest and parts of the South have seen their fair share of rain and a heavy spring runoff. It's a HUGE about-face after last year's devastating drought. In fact, it's the second time in the last 4 years they've gone from feast to famine. Thanks to climate change, water levels have been fluctuating on the Mississippi like a busy day on Wall Street.
Back home, our stretch of dry weather will continue. Storms and showers are staying away thanks to a strong block across the Northeast and Southeast Canada. Imagine this as a big boulder in the stream, diverting water all around it. Same goes in the atmosphere. Wet weather is being steered into to the Plains, the South and Mid Atlantic. We aren't necessarily warm and toasty however, thanks to the cool winds off the ocean.
Speaking of, the temperatures may dip a little towards week's end. A stronger breeze, a cooler airmass, and we may find ourselves in the upper 50s and low 60s by Friday afternoon. Rest assured, the weekend will see a warmup.
Next up...humidity? Might have to break out the Frizz Factor next week as the first batch of muggy air makes a run at New England.
Could summer be far behind?
The National Weather Service has declared this week Severe Weather Awareness Week. As we all recall from the tornado that ravaged Central Mass. on June 1st 2011, we are not immune from the affects of severe weather. For more information, click here.