12-21-2018

Good morning!

To celebrate the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight hours, and the start of astronomical winter – let’s have temperatures that are most definitely like that of late April or mid October! With rain today – heavy at times – expect a high around 62, with a south wind at 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph possible. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 10 pm due to those strong gusts. The low will be 49 tonight, with heavy rain continuing but winds gradually decreasing in intensity. A Flood Watch runs through 2 AM for potential minor flooding in some spots. When this system is all over with, 1-3″ rain will have fallen; there is a slight chance of amounts over 3″, but these will most likely be to our south and east if at all.

After rain wraps up tomorrow morning, expect mostly cloudy skies with decreasing temperatures in the afternoon; a morning high of 53 will give way to temperatures falling through the 40s in the afternoon. Winds will be south at 5-10 mph, turning west in the afternoon. Tomorrow night will be 25, with skies turning mostly clear and a west wind of 5-10 mph.

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The rest of the 5 day forecast will stay mainly dry, with mostly sunny skies and a high of 37 for Sunday. Sunday night will be 27 with partly cloudy skies; a few snowflakes cannot be ruled out but are not presently likely. Christmas Eve will be partly cloudy and 40; Christmas night will be 21 and mostly clear; and Christmas Day will be 32 and sunny. Not expecting a White Christmas this year, sadly.

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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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