Thursday, 4:30 PM
Feeling chipper? It may be the sunshine
(Essdras Suarez/Globe Staff)
Watertown residents Vicki Sohigian, Lilit Hachikian, and Lian Perl took advantage of the recent nice weather, taking their children for a stroll in Watertown.
By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
Feeling chipper these days? Got a spring in your step? Finding yourself enjoying the outdoors more than usual? Maybe it's because of the sun-splashed weather we've been having.
The Blue Hill Observatory in Milton reports that September was the third sunniest September ever recorded. The August-September period was the second sunniest ever recorded.
Today's clouds are expected to clear by afternoon and give way to sunshine that is predicted to last through the weekend, continuing a recent trend. In the last two months, Boston has only seen six really cloudy days, according to the National Weather Service.
The sun, of course, is the good news. The dry conditions are the bad news. The Blue Hill Observatory said the August-September period was also the third driest on the record, with a scant 2.52 inches of rain falling.
National Weather Service meteorologist Neal Strauss said his agency no longer keeps sunshine measurements, but the Blue Hill numbers are in line with his agency's data on precipitation and cloud cover.
"That makes sense to me. We had many dry, beautiful weekends to go outside and enjoy summer," he said. "The weather certainly has been cooperating for those who like to go outside and do whatever they like to do for fun."