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Super High Fuels Record Warmth

Super High Fuels Record Warmth

Most were not here, or perhaps, some had forgotten. But last Thursday, while most of campus was relatively deserted, a -15°F wind chill reading was recorded at Logan

Airport. A strong high pressure system was positioned to our west, and, with clockwise flow, cold air was pulled in from Canada. However, with the same high pressure remaining strong and pushing off to our southeast, this allowed strong mixing all along the eastern half of the United States. In other words, southern states shared the wealth of warm air to its northern counterparts. For instance, with a record high of 67°F yesterday, there was only a 2°F difference between Boston and Atlanta.

In other parts of the country, there were two distinct and extreme weather events that took place in a span of 5 days and 2000 miles. Blizzards and tornadoes are not often found in the same sentence. (Well, maybe in the movie “Day After Tomorrow.”) In the mountains near Yosemite Park, Calif. picked up 10 feet of snow in a span of 72 hours. (In comparison, Boston averages only about 3.5 feet of snow for the winter.) Meanwhile, tornadoes have ripped through over a handful states in the Midwest.

Locally, with the high pressure lingering for several more days, there will be several more days of unseasonably warm temperatures. However, each day will be cooler than the previous one. So be sure enjoy the warmth while it lasts!

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Clear. Lows in the mid 30s°F (2°C). West winds 15–20 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs in the lower 50s°F (11°C).

Friday: Rain. Highs in the upper 40s°F (9°C).