April showers... and March tornadoes?

Were you hoping that all your friends returning from Puerto Rico would bring the warm weather back with them? Too bad. You’re stuck in Boston, and there’s nothing you can do about that except to graduate. Until that happens, though, you’re going to have to bear with the New England flavor spring weather — light on the warmth, heavy on the April showers. Things will look up briefly today and tomorrow, with temperatures climbing up to the 60’s, but the cold front passing through the area this weekend will keep us in the 40’s and 50’s for a while yet. 

Meanwhile, the South and Midwest are experiencing their own flavor of spring weather as tornado season comes into full swing. Driven by a cold front, a system of severe storms is raging through the region, with strong rain, wind gusts of up to 70 mph, and a high chance of tornadoes. Tornadoes have already broken out in Texas and Arkansas, causing significant damage (and catching a pickup truck near Austin that miraculously drove straight through the vortex). The system will have passed through Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi by this morning, leaving them on high alert. Although March is a little early for such a series of tornadoes, it is not unprecedented, and we are likely to see many more tornadoes pop up in the region through June. Here in Boston, we’ll be feeling the remnants of this storm system in tonight’s rain — and feeling grateful to be on the tail end. 

Today: Fog with a chance of showers. High around 63ºF (17ºC). Southwest wind around 9-17 mph.
Tonight: Likely rain. Low around 54ºF (12ºC). Southwest wind with gusts up to 33 mph.
Friday: Chance of rain in the morning, otherwise partly sunny. High around 61ºF (16ºC) and low around 36ºF (2ºC). West wind around 9-15 mph.
Saturday: Sunny. High around 52ºF (11ºC) and low around 37ºF (3ºC). West wind around 15 mph with strong gusts.
Sunday: Partly sunny. HIgh around 53ºF (12ºC) and low around 38ºF (3ºC). Variable wind around 7 mph.