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The drought continues…

Happy Monday!
All I can say is thank goodness it isn’t wintertime!  You may have heard about a potential coastal storm over the last several days…that one that could have brought several inches of beneficial rainfall to parts of our area?  Welp…it appears we can say so long to that idea.  Models are now consolidating on an out-to-sea solution over the next several days.  So, it appears our drought will continue to worsen.  Oh, and why am I thankful it isn’t winter (other than the obvious)?  This is one of those, could be a blockbuster 1-2 feet type of events that ends up being a partly sunny day…
At this point I think everyone would agree, WE NEED WATER!  Boston is fast approaching a 10″ deficit for the year.  

Would you believe that last year at this time we had just about DOUBLE the amount of rainfall!  (32.15″ vs 16.72″)!  Another way to put it…last summer (June-July-August) Boston had measurable rainfall on 40 days…that was the 4th MOST on record and the most since 1958!  This summer (with a few weeks left), Boston has only had measurable rain on 20 days, currently the 4th LEAST on record!

So, any hopes of making a dent in the drought and erasing some of the “severe” or “extreme” conditions this week are quickly leaving town.

While just a few days ago, some models were projecting several inches of widespread rain, now I’d say most of us will be lucky to see a drop this week.

Best chance of some light rain would be near the Coast or over parts of southeastern MA, closest to the storm (which won’t really be very close at all).  Best chance of appreciable rain in New England would be way up in Coastal Maine.

The forecast for the rest of the week:


Tuesday: Increasing clouds, highs near 80 inland, 70s Coastline


Wednesday:  Mainly cloudy, chance of a few light showers Coastline, 70s.  Winds may get a bit gusty at the Coast, especially over extreme southeastern MA, perhaps gusting 30-40mph.  Wave heights increasing to 3-6 feet


Thursday:  Intervals of sun and clouds, slight chance of a light shower, but really nothing likely unless you are in northern New England.  Highs near 80.  Seas a bit rough with wave heights up to 8 feet just offshore.


Friday:  Summer returns!  Sunny, hot, highs 85-90.  Same deal for the Weekend…looks hot and dry



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