This morning we find ourselves poised to enjoy two great days of October weather. Unfortunately we won’t be able to string together three such days to start the holiday weekend. Columbus Day weekend is a big holiday in many circles. However, not all of you are off Monday.
When I use to work at Thomson-Reuters’ First Call division I would always take off Columbus Day Monday in spite of most of the financial markets being open. It is a recommended holiday for the bond market. If you are not off, take look at the bright side: Since schools are closed traffic is always on the light end of the scale and it’s usually an easy commute.
I feel like Columbus Day weekend, unlike our next set of holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years — are less about eating and more about being outside and trying to enjoy the nice weather. It’s usually not very chilly, the sun is still relatively strong, the sun is still setting post-6 p.m., and the changing leaves bring colorful pallet to the landscape.
The weekend or Monday is just a great time to enjoy fall. It’s basically the halfway point between meteorological fall, and after this, the chance of colder days, frosts, and even snow start to go up.
This year it’s becoming clear that Saturday isn’t going to be a washout for most of us, but will be rather cloudy. There is the chance of some rain, especially in the morning and mostly south of Boston. It may turn out Boston itself and towns along the Massachusetts Turnpike heading west will see a few hours of light rain amounting to a few hundredths of an inch. Further south there will be more rain and it will last a bit longer.
The light showers will likely creep northward along Route 1, making to parts of Cape Ann in the morning. By the time we get to noon, the rain area should be moving south and some clearing will take place west of Route 495 in the afternoon.
A shift of just 40 miles in the storm responsible for the rain would also shift the showers. The forecast can certainly change so check back for updates and follow my updates on Twitter.
A cloudy afternoon while perhaps not what you would order is great for taking pictures of the foliage as the colors tend to pop more in cloudier weather. A bright blue sky competes with the colors more than a grey one. Temperatures will be cool with the lace of sunshine Saturday, good sweatshirt weather if you are going to be outside.
Saturday is a great day to go apple picking, grab some cider donuts and pick a pumpkin for Halloween, three week away.
Sunday is the best of the three days. There will be abundant sunshine, pleasantly cool temperatures and light winds. Highs will be in the mid to upper 50s, below average, but tolerable.
Monday brings more clouds and a renewed chance of showers. These showers are the forerunner of much milder air. As a matter of fact much of next week is going to be quite warm with highs back into the 70+ degree range for several days.
To the other side of the world for a moment and a quick check at Typhoon Vongfong which is now heading for parts of Japan one the heels of Phanfone’s destruction. This storm is the strongest of the year on the planet and winds did reach 160 miles per hour making it equivalent to a category 5 hurricane.
Typhoons and hurricanes are the same thing, just different names. Think soda or pop, bubbler or water fountain, hoagie, grinder, Italian or submarine sandwiches etc. The satellite image loop below shows a classic storm with a beautiful eye. This is classic text book stuff, unfortunately, this could bring more damage to parts of the world which have already seen plenty of tropical activity for a season.