Massachusetts: There Have Only Been 5 Rain-Free Weekends Since Memorial Day
You might not recognize the shining orange thing you see in the sky today. We haven’t seen it in a while, but it’s called the sun. After another rain-soaked Saturday, there have only been five rain-free weekends in the Boston area of Massachusetts since Memorial Day.
We’ve gotten to the point where this has been an expected weekend circumstance to adjust your plans around. The good news is organizations like youth sports have pivoted from canceling weekend games to finding a way to endure the rain and play. That is, in part, because there is not much flexibility in remaining fall weekends to play with.
The frustration New Englanders have been expressing is certainly justified when you look at the numbers behind the weather patterns we have endured.
The Wet Facts
The Boston Globe reported that the summer of 2023 was the second rainiest in recent history. There was roughly 20 inches of rain during this time in the greater-Boston area. In addition, NBC Boston explained this was a common occurrence throughout the state, saying, “Worcester, Massachusetts, has its second wettest summer on record, at more than ten inches beyond the norm.”
Climate change could also play a part in only having five rain-free weekends in Massachusetts since Memorial Day. “For every 1 degree Fahrenheit of temperature increase, Earth’s atmosphere holds 4 percent more water vapor,” NBC Boston explained.
“The meteorological summer (June-August) average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 73.0°F, 1.6°F above average, ranking 15th warmest on record,” the NCEI (the National Centers for Environmental Information) explained.
For now, we have a few days of sunny weather to enjoy. In fact, Tuesday is forecasted to be a high of 82 degrees, and Wednesday’s high is 81. By Thursday, we may start to see some clouds and partly sunny skies. Then, Friday the five-day forecast shows a cloudy day in the mid-70s.
As of now it looks like we will remain at only five rain-free weekends in Massachusetts. Yes, it’s New England, and the weather can change in an hour, but this coming weekend shows a high chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday.