Welcome to June folk and the start of meteorological summer (June, July and August). Wahoo! Although, it didn’t feel like it this morning as lows fell into the upper 30s in a few suburbs. However, it’s a quick bounce back today as high pressure builds in and we keep the sunshine in place. We’ll near 70 at the coast before a sea breeze kicks in and drops us back into the 60s along the shore while we hold in the mid to upper 70s inland. Enjoy! The humidity will be low too.
Looking for a beach day? Monday is the best one with highs heading into the low to mid 80s, although weak sea breeze may hold coastal temps into the 70s. The water temps are running in the mid to upper 50s, so while the sand is warm, that water is still on the chilly side! If you are heading to the beach today, be careful of rip currents along Cape Cod’s National Seashore and across the Islands.
Late Tuesday – Thursday features somewhat unsettled and muggy weather with scattered showers and thunderstorms around late Tuesday and Wednesday, and perhaps a steadier batch of rain Thursday.
Right now, I’m looking for dry weather by Friday, into next weekend with the 70s holding on.
June 1st also marks the start of hurricane season with NOAA predicting 8-13 named storms, 3-6 of which become hurricanes, and 1-2 of those major hurricanes (cat 3 or higher) for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The United States has now gone over 8 years without a major (cat 3 or higher) hurricane hit along it’s coastline. That’s a record. Yes, Sandy created a lot of damage, but did not have the wind speeds to qualify as a category 3. When talking about hurricanes, even category 1 storms can be powerful, as angle of approach and population density of location of landfall is very important.
1931 – 1960 were perilous decades along our coastline as 26 category 3 or higher hurricanes made landfall. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastdec.shtml. In this time frame, New England had storms of historic proportions as well. This includes the 1938 New England Hurricane, the 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane and 2 hurricanes within 2 weeks in 1954 as Hurricane Carol had Edna follow on her heels!
Also, June 1st marks the 3rd anniversary of the tornado that tore a 39 mile path of damage from Westfield to Charlton. Winds peaked at 160mph, making it a EF3. It was on the ground for 1 hour and 10 min. http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/sigevents/jun01_2011_summary.php
Ok, enough hurricane and tornado talk, have a good rest of the weekend!
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