Articles by Garrett P. Marino
June 5, 2009
First of all, congratulations and best wishes to all the graduates. The weather will fortunately allow for outdoor celebrations today. Although it will be cloudy, rain should remain to our south until the evening hours. A coastal storm will scrape us tonight, but pleasant conditions for the weekend will follow.
April 17, 2009
Today will feature two extremes over the eastern two-thirds of the country: a strong spring storm will be slow to move over the eastern Rockies/southern Plains, while the East Coast will experience a pleasantly warm day. The exact track of the spring storm out west is still uncertain, but the potential exists for a foot to over two feet of heavy wet snow over the mountains and along the foothills and adjacent plains in Colorado. Imagine trying to shovel that! Meanwhile. on the warm side of the storm, areas of Texas will receive beneficial heavy rain. The entire storm-affected area is currently in a moderate to severe drought, so any precipitation will be helpful.
March 6, 2009
Monday’s 8.5 snowfall brought our seasonal total to 63.7 , about 20" above an average winter season. The average additional snowfall from now until the end of the season is still another 8 . However, even if we were to receive no additional snow this winter, this year would still rank as the 18th snowiest season (snowfall records for Boston date back to 1871–1872). So if you feel that we’ve had a lot of snow this winter, you’re correct, although it could have been a lot worse! The highest snowfall for a season belongs to 1995–1996, when Boston recorded 107.6 of the white stuff. In case you’re wondering what the historical snowfall trends are for Boston, the answer is that the trend is fairly flat over the entire period of record 1871-2008, although four of the seven snowiest winters have occurred since the 1990’s (2004–2005, 1995–1996, 1993–1994, and 1992–1993).
February 13, 2009
After not cracking 40°F (4°C) for the entire month of January, February in contrast has brought us a taste of spring so far. Maximum temperatures during the past two days have been in the 50s°F, but don’t expect that to last. A cold front moved through the area yesterday morning, ushering in more seasonable conditions. Where we had only a few showers with the frontal passage, parts of the South experienced severe weather and early-season tornadoes that killed several people.
January 7, 2009
With both winter and 2009 barely underway, Boston has already accumulated over 25 inches of snow. We are well ahead of a normal winter season’s pace of 9 inches up to this point. Interestingly, the 2007-08 winter season started at a similar pace, with about 28 inches reported by early January. That winter tallied over 50 inches, compared to the 40-inch average.
November 7, 2008
A slowly moving low-pressure region currently over the Dakotas has set up a contrast of extremes in the middle of the country. Areas to the east of the low, in the warm sector of the storm, have set all-time November maximum temperature records. In contrast, areas just to the west of the low are receiving blizzard conditions. Some areas of the Dakotas have been getting pounded by several feet of snow and winds gusting over 55 mph at times. This storm is partly responsible for the above average temperatures that we have been feeling over the past few days, but thankfully it will lose its punch before approaching Boston.
October 21, 2008
Suddenly, summer warmth feels like a distant memory. Yesterday morning, Logan Airport recorded its first sub-40°F (4°C) temperature since April 16. The recent cold nights are not a great anomaly: average daily minimum temperatures are currently 45°F (7°C), and quickly fall by about 8°F (4°C) for each of the next 3 months.
September 30, 2008
On Sunday, Hurricane Kyle passed quietly off to our east by only 200 miles, bringing no more than a few showers to the Boston area during its passage. As we enter October tomorrow, weather phenomena such as hurricanes and thunderstorms in our vicinity become even a more remote possibility as the ocean cools and the solar angle rapidly decreases. October in Boston can still be very pleasant — combine fall foliage with average high temps in the mid 50s (13°C) to mid 60s (18°C) and it’s not hard to see why.
September 5, 2008
Flourishing tropical activity in the Atlantic basin over the past week has yielded a trio of storms: Tropical Storm Hanna, poised to become a hurricane and affect Boston Saturday night into Sunday, category 4 Hurricane Ike over the central Atlantic, and minimal Tropical Storm Josephine over the eastern Atlantic. Ike could potentially affect the east coast of the U.S. sometime during the middle of next week, but the main story right now is Hanna, packing sustained winds of up to 70 mph. Its projected path and intensity has the storm grazing the Carolinas as a category 1 hurricane early Saturday and potentially making a second landfall over southern New England as a tropical storm early Sunday morning.
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August 29, 2008
Tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin has recently surged. Tropical Storm Hanna formed yesterday northeast of the Bahamas and will possibly threaten the east coast of the U.S. sometime late next week. However, the main story is Tropical Storm Gustav, which made landfall in Haiti and Jamaica over the past few days and threatens to move into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend. Oil companies have begun to evacuate some personnel, as the storm will likely impact the Gulf states early next week. The future intensities and exact paths of these storms are still highly uncertain, but they bear close monitoring.