Weather: Happy Days Are Here Again
By Robert Korty
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- While Bostonians have been afforded the oppotunity to bask in delightful weather over much of the past week, much of the United States continues to suffer with oppressive drought and heat. Across the Southern Plains states, tempertures again today will soar well above 100°F (38°C). Coupled with the high temperatures is a drought poised to enter its third month. The airport at Dallas-Ft. Worth has not recorded rain since July 1. Fires continue to feed on the dry land across much of the western U.S.
Off of the Southeastern coast, a weak area of low pressure has formed. This system is supplying the train of moisture from the Atlantic to produce showers (some with generous amounts of rain) across much of North Carolina and Virginia. And while this is the season to look across the tropical Atlantic for hurricanes, wind shear (a gradient in wind with height) across the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and western Atlantic is inhibiting the development of any potential tropical systems.
Meanwhile Tropical Storm Prapiroon is expected to make landfall about 100 miles (160 km) north of Taipei, Taiwan today. While Prapiroon is far weaker than Super Typhoon Bilis (which struck the island just days ago), the storm will nonetheless be responsible for copious amounts of additional rain.
Fortunately for us, the forecast for New England offers a pleasant end to the month of August.
Today: Variably cloudy with easterly winds. High near 75°F (24°C).
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low near 64°F (18°C).
Thursday: Mostly sunny and warmer. High near 84°F (29°C), low of 66°F (19°C)
Friday: Continued clear and mild. High near 82°F (28°C), low of 64°F (18°C).