Another blustery and cold day is on tap, but it wonâ€™t be as chilly as yesterday. Earlier I could hear the wind still blowing the bird feeders around and the thermometer by my bedside read an even 30F. The winds actually kept temperatures from getting even colder last night which was a good thing. Wind tends to mix up the air and not let the cold air settle to the ground. Some trees such as my cornus mas are already in bloom. Although these plants normally bloom this early, a night of temperatures in the lower 20s would hurt the blossoms.
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Howling winds kept temperatures at almost summer-like levels all night. Winds have been stronger than they were in Sandy in many places. Blue Hill in Milton has topped hurricane force winds at 77 MPH this morning. The worst of the winds are over, but it will continue to be windy with scattered power outages this morning. Boston and most of southern New England have seen temperatures in the upper 50s since late yesterday afternoon.1 I was able to not only turn off the heat, but sleep with the windows wide open. This extreme weather in January gets all sorts of mixed reactions for sure, I personally love the break. I actually left several of my plants that were struggling through winter inside on the deck all night. They seem a bit happier this morning. Unfortunately for snow enthusiasts, this warmth has done a lot of damage to local ski areas. Also, do not venture on pond or lake ice as it has been severely weakened by the warm weather. Please follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom where I will be updating the forecast. I would love to hear from you.FULL ENTRY