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Boston Weather: 50.0°F | Light Rain and Windy

Weather

It Could Be Worse

By Scott Stransky

Yes, we are stuck in a pattern that will add plenty of grayness and rain to our lives over the next week or so, just as we begin to study for final exams.

Yes, today’s high will be 10 degrees F (5 C) lower than the average high for this date. Yes, five years ago today it was 88 F (31 C) here. But it could be much worse. The United States has seen a number of extreme weather events over the past few days.

There have been tornadoes in seven southern states, hail in ten southern states, wind damage in nine states, snow in Colorado, and severe flooding in Missouri. Some of the hail in Richland Parish, Louisiana was reported to be nearly 3 inches (about 8 cm) in diameter. Yesterday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for three Midwestern states, fire weather advisories in Florida, flood watches and warnings in 13 states, high wind advisories in nine states, and a winter weather advisory in the Western Plains. Yet, there were no watches or warnings issued for Massachusetts.

Hopefully, putting our rain and grayness into perspective will make you feel better. Towards the end of next week, we may see the sun again!

Extended Forecast

Today: Cloudy and some rain likely. High 52 F (11 C).

Tonight: Cloudy and some rain likely. Low 49 F (9 C).

Saturday: Cloudy and some rain likely. High low 50s F (11 C).

Saturday Night: Surprise! Cloudy and some rain likely. Low mid 40s F (7 C).

Sunday: Cloudy and some rain likely. High mid 50s F (13 C).

Sunday Night: Cloudy and some rain likely. Low mid 40s F (7 C).

Monday: Cloudy and some rain likely. High near 60 F (15 C).

Monday Night: Sunny … just kidding, cloudy and some rain likely. Low mid 40s F (7 C).