As high temps pushed 95 degrees yesterday, it was just a matter of time before storms fired as a disturbance to our west pushed in creating a turbulent atmosphere. While not all towns got hit, the towns that did, got hit hard.
There were two areas of focus for the storms, one near the MA/NH border and one from Wellesley to JP to Hingham. In these locations, respectively, a microburst and a marcroburst were the cause of the wind damage/downed trees. Essentially, a micro/macroburst is a powerful, shortlived gust of wind that comes down out of a thunderstorm. Often, these downburts can exceed 70mph, creating many damage reports. Micro refers to path 2.5miles wide or less, macro is a path’s width that’s larger. Below is a chart of the thunderstorm damage reports across the Northeast…. we weren’t the only ones!
Today, it’s a much calmer pattern across the Northeast, including for us as the high heat and high humidity exit stage east. While a mix of sun and clouds and lower humidity make for a comfortable day across the area, I can’t rule out an isolated shower across eastern Mass as a seabreeze kicks in and bumps into a westerly wind. Highs today run in the lower to middle 80s. Lows tonight fall back into the 50s allow for the A/C’s to take a break. Windows open type of evening!
The low humidity sticks for the next few days before a surge in heat and humidity settle in to end the week. By Friday, we’re over 90 degrees again and the heat lingers into and likely through the weekend. Occasionally Friday PM-Sunday a passing thunderstorm in possible, but expect many dry hours too.