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Clear weather finally returns to New England

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Situation for Noon Eastern Time, Friday, June 8, 2012

A weak, yet pesky, area of low pressure lingered just off Cape Cod earlier this week. The system brought cold temperatures, cloudy skies, rain, and breezy conditions. This system appeared “stuck” in one location on the weather forecast models from this past week. But why? The answer was evident in the central Atlantic Ocean, where a much larger low pressure center was parked, preventing the weaker low from exiting our area.

However, the weather has gradually transitioned toward more seasonable conditions. The broad Atlantic low has moved closer to Europe, allowing clear skies to reappear across New England. Warmer temperatures will accompany the sunshine for today and through the weekend, though small chances for rain and storms still remain. If the clouds manage to disappear, today’s sun could provide enough energy for those storms to develop in nearby areas.

Overall, the weather for today’s commencement exercises looks promising through the morning and early afternoon. Hats off to the Class of 2012 (including me!) for not only the academics, but for braving the (sometimes unpredictable) New England weather!