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Weather Summaries

2018 Was the Third Wettest Year on Record

2018 Was the Third Wettest Year on Record

The year 2018 ended with a 24-hour corrected mean temperature of 50.0F, which was 2.4F warmer than the 120-year (1891-2010) long-term mean and 1.1F above the 30-year (1981-2010) normal. The annual average maximum temperature of 58.5F was 1.6F warmer than the long-term mean, while the annual average minimum temperature of 42.2F was 2.4F warmer than […]

| January 11, 2019 | Reply
December 2018 Summary – Warmer and Sunnier Than Average

December 2018 Summary – Warmer and Sunnier Than Average

Blue Hill Observatory December 2018 Summary: December was warmer and drier than average with very little snowfall and abundant sunshine. The 24-hour adjusted mean temperature for the month of 33.3 deg F was 3.5 degrees warmer than the 120-year average for December and 1.7 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 30-year average. The average maximum temperature of […]

| January 9, 2019 | Reply

What's Happening on the Hill

2018-2019 Winter Temperature Forecast

2018-2019 Winter Temperature Forecast

Editor’s Note: While Blue Hill Observatory does not issue forecasts and does not endorse this forecast, we thought our readers would enjoy hearing what a local seasonal forecaster is predicting. Judah Cohen is a scientist who specializes in seasonal forecasting at Atmospheric and Environmental Research in Lexington, MA. Using a model that considers Siberian snow […]

| December 6, 2018 | Reply
“Colder and Likely Snowy Winter Ahead” Says Winter Weather Expert Joe D’Aleo

“Colder and Likely Snowy Winter Ahead” Says Winter Weather Expert Joe D’Aleo

Editor’s Note: While Blue Hill Observatory does not issue forecasts and does not endorse this forecast, we thought our readers would enjoy hearing what a leading winter weather expert is predicting. Joe D’Aleo is a certified meteorologist and was the first Director of Meteorology at the Weather Channel. He is currently Co-Chief Meteorologist at WeatherBell […]

| November 7, 2018 | Reply
State of the Climate at Blue Hill Observatory: 2018

State of the Climate at Blue Hill Observatory: 2018

    The founding objective of the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory (BHO) in 1885 was to establish the first private observatory for the measurement of weather and climate at a location that was distinctly elevated above the surrounding terrain and to support special investigations in meteorology. The continual and meticulous recording of temperature, moisture, precipitation, snowfall, […]

| August 31, 2018 | 2 Replies
New Employment Opportunity

New Employment Opportunity

The historic Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center is seeking to fill a weather observer position at our Milton, Massachusetts location. We welcome applicants with an interest in weather and climate, a strong attention to detail, a willingness to learn, and the flexibility to work an occasionally varied schedule. Previous experience with standard meteorological observation […]

| August 14, 2018 | 2 Replies
Governor Baker Signs FY19 Budget- BHO Funding Approved

Governor Baker Signs FY19 Budget- BHO Funding Approved

Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a $41.7 billion FY19 budget on Thursday, July 26th. He also vetoed nearly 300 earmarks worth almost $50 million in spending. Fortunately, thanks to a tremendous effort by Blue Hill Observatory loyal supporters, the $100,000 in funding for the Observatory was not vetoed. Of the 53 “Special Projects” in […]

| July 28, 2018 | Reply