Seasonably Warm Start to December

Good morning and welcome to December!!!! (And thus, climatological winter!)
 
With skies turning sunny this morning, expect a warm start to the month with a high around 49. Winds will be northwest at 5-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Tonight will be clear and have a low around 23, with a light northwest wind.
 
Skies turn mostly cloudy quickly tomorrow, along with a high around 40 and a calm wind. Tomorrow night will gradually clear with a low around 25 and winds remaining calm.
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Sunday and Monday are mostly sunny and seasonable before a mild Tuesday is accompanied by a chance of rain. Next Wednesday also looks mild before a major pattern shift late next week that will bring cold weather to our region. The pattern truly looks like it could be our first real “wintry” pattern as well, so it will be interesting to see how precipitation chances play out.
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We settle in for the winter experience this month as the average high falls by 11 degrees, from 45 today to 34 on New Year’s Eve. The average low falls by 10, from 26 to 16. The sunrise will keep getting later into mid-January, as we cross the 7 AM mark next Wednesday, but sunsets actually start getting later again on December 13: after several days of 4:11 PM sunsets next week and the week after, we get to 4:21 PM by the end of 2017.
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Have a great day!
-Nathan

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 19 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am going into my junior year at UMass Lowell as a meteorology major. I am the current Vice President of the UML American Meteorological Society Local Student Chapter. Prior to at UML, I attended the Dracut school system for my K-12 years, having graduated from Dracut High in 2018. I first got into weather with the December 2008 ice storm, which knocked out my electricity for 4 days. I had no idea how it could be raining and becoming ice immediately, and how rain can knock out power. (Now I do - warm layer aloft, cold air at surface). But I didn't really get into it until the heat of July 2010 and specifically a few severe weather events during that month, followed by the year 2011, which featured several high profile weather events. Since then I have had a growing interest, and am hoping to make it into the meteorology field, preferably with NOAA/NWS. But for now, I'm blogging here, helping with the UML Weather Center social media, and tweeting about the weather on my own account as well. Thanks for visiting!

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