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Time to Buy Home Depot Stock

By Timothy R. Whitcomb

Hooke’s Law tells the force on an object displaced from equilibrium due to a spring. The greater the displacement, the greater the force. Spring, which began today, is already far from normal. Climatology (high/low/mean temperature) for yesterday was 47/33/40 F, but the observed value was 34/22/28. Brrrr! Hopefully this difference means a large force will bring us back to where we should be — a place that involves clear skies and balmy temperatures. Could it be worse, though? Certainly!

While the past few days have been nothing to write home about here in New England, interesting things are happening elsewhere. Below the equator, Fall is beginning — right in the middle of hurricane season. Australia is picking up the pieces after a tropical cyclone that reached Category 5 just before making landfall yesterday morning.

The southern hemisphere is not the only interesting spot in terms of weather. In Hawaii, stationary systems have continued to dump buckets of precipitation; in Mount Waialeale (on Kauai), the rain total was 10.5” — in five days — bringing the three-week total to over 100. At Lihue, the month-to-date precipitation is over 25” (almost 36 since Jan. 1). This is almost 23 inches above normal for March monthly precipitation and has led to many flooding situations. Suddenly, the cold doesn’t look so bad.

Extended Forecast

Today: Sunny becoming cloudy, high 43 F (6 F)

Tonight: Cloudy, low 33 F (1 C)

Wednesday: Cloudy, high 46 F (8 C)

Wednesday night: Cloudy, low 32 F (0 C)

Thursday: Cloudy, high 42 F (6 C)