All About Perspective

 It sure was a hot one on tap for us today!  Highs were in the mid to upper 80s – even along the coast and in Boston!  I hope the beach-goers enjoyed a Saturday of sun-soaking and ocean-dipping.  If I had had the day off, I would’ve been right there with you, donning my favorite flip-flops.  I love me some “summah weathah” (Am I getting it?!  Am I stahtin’ to sound more local?!)  :c)

It certainly is a split 50/50 weekend; one day hot, the other day soggy and cooler.  With the big changes we’re in store for tomorrow, I’ll remind you that I always say, “Weather is about perspective.  It depends on where you come from and what you’re used to.”  For example, I still remember the days when 48° and sunshine was a reason to run through the streets singing show tunes!  

A good friend of mine exclaimed today, “No one complain about the heat after what we went through this winter!  Those [expletive] snow piles are still in existence!”  – It’s true.  There’s still a painful reminder of a bitter few months.  However, we certainly managed to turn a corner, and we did so very quickly!  Average highs for this time of year are around 70°… Today, we were spoiled with summer-like temps in the 80s.  However, with all of that said, I do realize that when you go from one weather extreme to another in a short amount of time, you’re going to notice… and that brings me to our forecast for tomorrow (weather you like it or not)…

A cold front will move through tomorrow bringing some quick changes to our forecast.  Scattered showers will start to pop in the morning hours – but I still think many areas will manage to make it into the mid to upper 70s before the afternoon temp crash.  The show really gets going around lunchtime for most:  Rumbles of thunder are likely (though severe weather is not expected at this time), and we should keep a watchful eye out for downpours.  We’ll go from the 70s to the 50s before the sun goes down (though we won’t likely see the sunset, with the cloud cover).

Now, I completely understand what a bummer it can be giving up a day of your weekend to rain – but we really need the moisture.  While our water table is fine, our soil is bone dry and we are in fact in a moderate drought (yes, even after all of that snow this winter).  This will also play a role in the messiness of tomorrow.  It’s really tough for hard, dry ground to soak up water quickly.  So, for areas that do get downpours there may be some minor localized flooding.  The front kicking all of this off will stall out for a couple of days, keeping the scattered showers cranking through Tuesday night, and temps in the mid to upper 50s.

I was told tonight by a “Tweeter” or a “Twirpson” or a “Twavatar…” (I’m not sure what the kids are calling it these days) that my weather delivery always bums them out “no matter the weather.”  While I can completely understand those sentiments if we’re talking about the big changes happening this weekend, I believe I always deliver the message with a smile (expect for during severe weather).  Personally, I’m stoked about the rain tomorrow and I love to forecast thunderstorms – but I can see how it can be a “bummer” for some to go from mid 80s on Saturday to soggy and 50s on Sunday.  Good News:  Our grass and gardens will get a drink, PLUS we’ll be able to save some moolah by turning the AC off for a bit. 

At the end of the day though, it’s all about perspective.  Every day that I wake up, my mind is on how to best prepare everyone for the weather.  So, with that said and by putting all of my own personal feelings/perspective aside, I give you the “just the facts, ma’am” forecast: Tomorrow you will need a jacket, umbrella, and a smile.  – Breezy