Today’s weather system is producing a few scattered showers. For the rest of the week, expect settled, dry and warming weather. So, no “mad March days” to go “Butting through the Channel” this week, as described by John Masefield.*
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For today, expect a few showers and possibly some thunder, with highs in the low 50s. For the rest of the week through Friday, expect sunny and dry weather, with highs in the 60s. Thursday’s highs may reach into the 70’s in some locations. A cooling trend is in store for the weekend, with strengthening wind from the south on Saturday and a slight chance of precipitation on Sunday.
Additional notes for the weather nuts out there:
Poet John Masefield may have had a good weather eye. According to reanalyzed data from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), March is very slightly windier than any other month, except July, as seen in the attached image of average monthly wind speeds for the English Channel. The farmers and mariners of the 19th century paid close attention to the world around them and were well aware of seasonal variations in the weather, as evidenced by such phrases from folklore, such as “March winds and April showers.” We would do well to do likewise.
Mark Sinclair, Ph.D.
Program Chair and Professor, Meteorology
Department of Applied Aviation Sciences, College of Aviation
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