World and Nation



The letters “wx” stand for the weather, hence the name WxChallenge, a national collegiate weather forecasting competition. MIT has competed in both this competition since its inception in 2006 and also its predecessor, the NCWFC (National Collegiate Weather Forecasting Competition). In fact, we have taken the national title five of the past six years. In the contest, we forecast for a different city every two weeks, estimating the high and low temperatures on any given day, the highest wind speed, and also the precipitation amount. The contest ends today, and what happens today at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport will determine if MIT takes the title again, or if our rival, Mississippi State University, comes out with a narrow victory. The final results will be posted on the “cumulative results” page of the WxChallenge Web site tomorrow afternoon, so check it out:

In the Boston area today, expect cool temperatures and rain for the majority of the day. Lingering showers and clouds from this system will unfortunately linger for the majority of the weekend, but temperatures will slowly recover by early next week. Remember that April showers bring May flowers!

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Cloudy with showers. Lows in the upper 30s°F (4°C).

Saturday: Cloudy with showers possible. Highs in the mid 40s°F (7°C). Lows in the mid 30s°F (2°C).

Sunday and Monday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Highs in the upper 40s°F (9°C). Lows near 35°F (2°C).