Wednesday 9/16/20

Good morning!

With filtered sunshine due to the wildfires in the western states, expect a high around 74 today, with a southwest wind of 5-15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph possible. The smoke will not cause any air quality issues this far east in the country, but its presence aloft will result in temperatures being held back by a few degrees compared to what they would be otherwise. (Yesterday could have very easily reached 70 degrees, but we only reached 64 degrees due to the filtering of the sunshine. Similarly, without the smoke aloft, we would likely be reaching the upper 70s today.) Tonight will be mostly clear and 57, with a southwest wind of 5-15 mph.

Thursday will be partly cloudy and 78, with a southwest wind of 5-10 mph. We will likely have at least an outside shot at 80 tomorrow as smoke aloft will be less prevalent, but clouds will increase in the afternoon. Thursday night will be mostly cloudy and 50, with a chance of showers late, and a wind flipping to the north at 5-10 mph.

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Going forward, there is a chance of showers Friday morning, giving way to partly cloudy skies and a high of 63, the first in a stretch of cool days that will last into early next week. The first frost is possible this weekend, as I am projecting morning lows of 37 Saturday morning and 35 Sunday morning, with clear skies. Saturday and Sunday will both be sunny with a high around 61 each day. Expect at least Monday to also stay in the low to mid 60s; things likely warm to the mid 60s to near 70 by Tuesday if current trends hold.

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Have a great day!

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 20 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am in 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 on Dracut Weather (also on Twitter and Facebook), 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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