By Brian H. Tang
That stinging feeling of sleet pelting you like shards of glass during some of our winter storms in Boston can’t compare to the damage inflicted by softball-sized hailstones. Midwestern cities must deal with this every April and May when severe weather outbreaks are common. Unlike last year’s quiescence, two severe weather outbreaks this year have already caused substantial damage and taken dozens of lives. Yesterday’s tumultuous weather will shift towards the southeast into Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee, bringing the threat of widespread tornadoes, winds greater than 70 mph, and damaging hail. Severe weather is not uncommon in Boston during the latter half of the summer, but our thunderstorms are usually not comparable in intensity to ones witnessed in the Midwest.
Meanwhile, the same storm system responsible for the severe weather in the Midwest and Deep South will also impact us this afternoon. A warm front will approach the area from the south bringing plenty of clouds and afternoon rain. A cold front then swings through early Saturday, but gets hung up just to our south. Taking an optimist’s view, the front should clear through our area leaving us with a fairly nice Saturday. If your Saturday plans take you out to the Cape or South Coast, there will be more clouds and a greater risk of showers. Sun will be plentiful on Sunday.
Today: Cloudy with rain in the afternoon. Breezy SW winds. High 57 F (14 C).
Tonight: Rain ending and clearing overnight. Low 42 F (6 C).
Tomorrow: Scattered clouds. High 50 F (10 C).
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 52 F (11 C). Low 34 F (1 C).