Good Deal This Weekend
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Cooool start this AM. Bedford, Lunenburg, and Pepperell all came in at 38° !
The recovery was slow and steady this afternoon. We made it to around 70 thanks to the wall-to-wall sun. Speaking of, the next two days aren't as bright, but they certainly will have a good supply of sun (Saturday more than Sunday).
There is a tiny shower threat on Sunday morning as a(nother) cool front passes. In its wake is another batch of cool air - and what looks to be the final one for a while. After a stellar Monday (that looks exactly like today), a summer-like warmup is in store later in the week.
In the tropics, things have been unusually quiet. Our season can be summed up in one of two ways: storms that form and fade, or others that limp along and never reach hurricane status. In fact, if we go another six days, we'll break a record for the latest date for a hurricane to form - since the advent of satellite tracking in 1967.
This has been a perplexing issue in research circles. A lot of the big guns (Bill Gray & Phil Klotzbach at CSU) have been left scratching their heads. All the ingredients have been in place for an active season: El Nino is absent, the water temperatures are all above normal, and there is no high level wind shear to shred the storms.
One possible explanation has been Saharan Dust. It's the archenemy of developing tropical systems and the sole reason for a two week hiatus in storms in late August. Another is time and place. Where the tropical systems have formed this season, they've been cannabalized by other weather systems and/or drown out by sinking air nearby.
Will it change? Probably so. In the coming weeks we'll be nearing peak season, and, like in the stock market, past performance is not an indicator of future results.
Enjoy the weekend.