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Quantum of Tempest

One doesn’t have to be in New England very long to realize that the weather gets crazier as we approach the winter solstice. While the polar regions cool off quickly, the tropics remain relatively constant producing a large equator to pole temperature difference and a strong jet stream. The consequence of this is increased storminess that throws the area in to a weather roller coaster yielding huge swings in temperature and a whole gamut of precipitation. It’s Mother Nature’s way of trying to restore equilibrium, but at the cost of a wet pair of pants and shoes from time to time.

Hot on the heels of the departing storm from early this morning is a much larger storm that will begin to affect the area tonight. As it does so, rain and wind will surge in, but temperatures will continue to be quite mild on Saturday despite the lack of sun. Sunday looks better with the caveat that it will be breezy and cooler as the storm departs. In fact, the long range forecast looks cold through much of next week with the possibility of seeing our first snowflakes soon.

Extended Forecast

Today: Early morning light showers, otherwise mostly cloudy. High 64°F (18°C)

Tonight: Rain beginning in the late evening and continuing overnight. Low 54°F (12°C).

Saturday: Periods of rain. Breezy. High 61°F (16°C).

Saturday Night: Rain ending and becoming mostly cloudy. Breezy. Low 51°F (11°C).

Sunday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 55°F (13°C).