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Weather

This Day in Weather History

Scott Stransky
STAFF METEOROLOGIST

Five years ago today, the midwestern United States was hit by a severe storm. Although October is ranked third to last in terms of the number of tornadoes occurring in the Midwest, this storm spawned 20 tornadoes, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more. It was the worst October storm in over 30 years. As the storm progressed northwards, it encountered cold air and became a snow event. Parts of Minnesota received over 14 inches of snow.

One year ago today, Hurricane Wilma struck Southern Florida. During Wilma’s track, it achieved the lowest pressure in the recorded history of the Atlantic Basin, 882 millibars (26.05 in.). Using the hypsometric equation (which can be derived from the ideal gas law and hydrostatic balance), we determine that this pressure is equivalent to being at the top of a 4,000 foot (1,200 m.) mountain.

Today, we can expect pleasant weather in the Boston area. The temperatures will remain in the 50s F during the day throughout this week. The next chance for rain will be on Friday.

Extended Forecast

Today: Some clouds and some sun. High 55 F (13 C).

Tonight: Some clouds and windy. Low 40 F (4 C).

Tomorrow: Windy with some clouds. High 52 F (11 C).

Tomorrow night: clear. Low 40 F (4 C).

Thursday: Sunny. High 51 F (11 C).

Thursday night: Clear. Low 40 F (4 C).