Weather: March MadnessBy Veronique Bugnion
STAFF METEOROLOGIST --
The mercury reached 72°F (22°C) at Logan airport yesterday afternoon, breaking the record set in 1921 by 4°F (2°C) degrees. This represents a 28°F (15°C) degree departure from the average temperature for a March 9th.
The cold front which moved through during the night is, however, setting the stage for a very harsh return to reality today.
The area of high pressure trekking eastwards across southern Canada will push the remaining clouds offshore during the day. It will also maintain a north to northeasterly flow of cold air today and tomorrow. The combination of this northerly flow with clear skies will allow temperatures to drop below the freezing point later tonight.
The high pressure center will be pushed away over the second half of the weekend, and a storm system forecasted to develop in the Tennessee valley will bring us chilly rain Saturday evening. The timing of the storm may be such as to allow some snow to fall in Northern New England and Maine. Who knows, the ski season may not be over after all.
The early part of next week should see a return of sunny skies and slightly warmer temperatures, albeit well shy of what we experienced yesterday.
Today: Mostly cloudy, cold north wind. High of 47ºF (8ºC).
Tonight: Clearing, low of 25ºF (-3ºC).
Tomorrow: Clear high of 38ºF (3ºC).
Sunday: Rain. High of 48ºF (8ºC).
Beyond: Partly cloudy, high in the lower 50s (12ºC).