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Boston Weather: 33.0°F | Partly Cloudy


A Retreat to Sanity

By Tim Whitcomb

It finally feels like normal in Boston as the temperatures have plunged back from the near-70 F mark at the beginning of the month. Daily average temperatures have fallen nearly 10 F per day since Dec. 1, and show little signs of warming up as cold air masses continue to encroach on New England.

Boston has been somewhat isolated in its autumnal warmth. Oregon and Washington were under a near-constant deluge for the entire month of November. The “Pineapple Express,” with moisture streaming up from near Hawaii all the way to Canada, was responsible for most of the record rainfall which led to many previous records being washed away. Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport station set a record for the wettest month at that location, surpassing what had stood since 1953. Snow fell in the Portland area on Nov. 27th.

For the next few days locally, more cold air is on the way but not much snow in the near future after the dusting yesterday. Temperatures (especially at night) should stay quite cold in the forseeable future.

Extended Forecast

Today: Some clouds, gusty winds. High 36 F (2 C).

Tonight: Clearing off. Low 20 F (-7 C).

Tomorrow: Cloudy again, winds strengthening late. High 43 F (6 C).

Tomorrow night: Not as cold. Low 32 F (0 C).

Thursday: A few clouds. High 45 F (7 C).

Thursday night: Still cloudy. Low 21 F (-6 C).