Weather2005: Mother Nature’s Fury
By Brian H. Tang
The recently departed year will certainly be one to remember in terms of the weather. The year began with a ferocious blizzard. When it stopped snowing on January 23, over 20 inches of snow had fallen in the Boston area. Good thing those type of storms don’t occur every winter (knock on wood). After a few more potent winter storms, Spring finally came, but May was awfully gray.
We got a blistering seven days of sunshine the entire month. Otherwise, it was rain rain rain. Spring quickly passed, and summer arrived with the heat, humidity, and the hurricanes. Twenty-seven named storms formed from the beginning of June to the end of December wreaking havoc along with Gulf Coast.
Not only did we see the most hurricanes in a single season, we saw the strongest hurricane ever recorded (Wilma) and the most destructive hurricane to strike the U.S. (Katrina). In the hurricane season’s last gasp, Tropical Storm Zeta became only the second storm in recorded history to ring in the New Year and the longest lasting storm in the month of January.
No imminent blizzards or hurricanes in the forecast for Boston this week.
Temperatures will be quite mild for this time of year as the flow across the country is mostly west to east, versus north to south. There will be a couple rainstorms passing through the area, but any cold weather will hold off until the latter part of the weekend.
Today: Partly cloudy early, then increasing clouds with rain in the evening. High 49 F (9 C).
Tonight: Rain overnight, ending before sunrise. Low 41 F (5 C).
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and mild. High 53 F (12 C).
Friday: Mostly sunny. High 53 F (12 C). Low 37 F (3 C).
Saturday: Cloudy and breezy with rain likely. High 47 F (8 C). Low 40 F (4 C).