Weekly Outlook: October 9-15, 2017

Who likes rain, especially heavy rain? Alright, we know that most of you don’t, but we do need some rain around here, as drought conditions are slowly starting to emerge again. However, that’s not the reason why a lot of you are hoping for rain today. Heavy rain means a rainout for the Red Sox, and thus the chance that Chris Sale pitches Game 4 instead of Rick Porcello.

Well, it looks like you’ll get your wish, but be careful what you wish for. The remains of Hurricane Nate will pass north and west of the region today, bringing us some rain and maybe a few thunderstorms, The heaviest rain will stay to our north and west, but we’ll still get a good amount of rain today, especially during the morning and again during the late afternoon and evening. There will likely be a lull around midday, but probably not enough for the Red Sox to squeeze the game in. Sure, they’ll probably open the gates and let everyone in to buy hot dogs, beer, and souvenirs for a few hours, then postpone the game until Tuesday. (Anything to make a buck!)

Conditions right now are just abnormally dry, but we need some rain to prevent a drought from returning. Image provided by NOAA.

Tuesday will be about as perfect as an October day can be in New England. High pressure brings plenty of sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures. A cold front will move through late in the day, but it’ll be starved for moisture, so other than a few clouds and a wind shift, you probably won’t notice when the front moves through. You will notice it the next day when temperatures are 15-20 degrees colder and more clouds move in. Another system will slowly make its way eastward from the Midwest, bringing us some showers Wednesday night and early Thursday, but the bulk of the rainfall will likely stay to our south and west as high pressure tries to build in from the north. Yet another weak system comes through on Friday with a few more showers possible.

That brings us to the weekend. After a week with several days featuring clouds and/or rain, what would you expect to happen? Of course, we’re going to have high pressure return with sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures once again. Don’t expect every weekend to be like this through the fall, but certainly enjoy them while they’re here. Before you know it, it’ll be cold and we’ll be talking about the dreaded s-word. For the record, longer-range models right now show warm weather again the following weekend.

Warm weather comes back this weekend? The models are showing that it’s a possibility. Image provided by Weather.US

Monday: Breezy and humid with periods of rain and showers, maybe a thunderstorm or two as well. High 69-76.

Monday night: Showers taper off in the evening, followed by partial clearing overnight. Low 61-68.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny and warm. High 75-82.

Tuesday night: Clear to partly cloudy. Low 53-60.

Wednesday: Some early sun, then clouds thicken up. Showers develop at night. Much cooler, high 61-68.

Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds, chance for a shower or two early in the day. High 58-65.

Friday: More clouds than sun with a chance for a few showers. High 62-69.

Saturday: Becoming partly to mostly sunny. High 70-77.

Sunday: A mix of sunshine and clouds, breezy, and warm. High 71-78.

One final note to show you how abnormal the warmth and humidity are. At the time this blog post was written (4am Monday), the temperature and dewpoint at the Storm HQ World Headquarters in the City of Champions (that’s Brockton, MA for those who don’t know) were both 70 degrees. The normal low temperature for today is 42 degrees. The normal high temperature is only 64!


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