Thursday, January 7, 2021

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BLUE HILL METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATORY
MILTON, MASSACHUSETTS
ELEVATION 635 FEET, 10 MILES SSW OF BOSTON, MA

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2021
ALL TIMES ARE IN EASTERN STANDARD TIME

A SIMILAR DAY TO YESTERDAY, BUT WITH GOOD
VISIBILITY AT THE START….

Today we observed partly cloudy skies, with
a good average visibility of 70 miles. The
highest visibility was 75 miles at 10 A.M.
Conditions are on the drier side, with dew
points in the upper teens and a humidity of
44% at the 1 P.M. observation. Wind is
consistent at a little over 10 mph, with
frequent gusts around 20 mph from the
northwest.

The high so far today is 39F, 5 degrees above
the daily normal maximum of 34F. The low since
midnight is 28F, 10 degrees above the normal
minimum of 18F.

PRELIMINARY STATS FOR DECEMBER 2020

TEMPERATURE, Deg. F
Avg. Max. 41.1 [+2.0]
Avg. Min. 27.2 [+3.6]
Mean      34.2 [+2.9]
24-hour corrected mean: 34.0
Max. for month: 62F on the 1st
Min. for month: 13F on the 16th and 19th

HEATING DEGREE DAYS
Total heating units:   957 [-86]
Total for the season:  1930 [-375]
Total for last season: 2251

PRECIPITATION, Inches
Total: 7.32 [+2.43]
Greatest in 24 hrs: 2.15 ins. on the 25th

SNOWFALL, Inches
Total: 19.7 [+6.3]
Greatest in 24 hrs: 16.5 ins. on the 16th-17th

WIND, mph
Avg. uncorrected wind speed: 13.0 mph
Avg. corrected wind speed:   13.3 mph
Prevailing wind direction:   WNW [17%]
Peak gust and direction:     68 SSE on the 25th

SUNSHINE:
Campbell-Stokes card minutes: N/A
Astronomical total minutes: N/A

Today’s Observations:

7 A.M.
Weather: Scattered altocumulus and cirrostratus
Temperature: 29F; Dew Point: 17F; Relative Humidity: 61%
Wind: NW at 10G19 kts
Sea-level pressure: 29.97 in Hg; rising steadily
Visibility: 65 miles, thin fog
6-hr Max temp: 29F
6-hr Min temp: 28F
24-hr Precip: 0.00 ins.
24-hr Snow: 0.0 ins.
Snow Depth: 0 ins.
BHO SA 1155 65 SCT 250 SCT 65 149/29/17/3210G19/997/ 8/088
53008 10029 20028

10 A.M.
Weather: Scattered altocumulus and cirrostratus
Temperature: 32F; Dew Point: 17F; Relative Humidity: 54%
Wind: NW at 15G20 kts
Sea-level pressure: 30.01 in Hg; falling, then rising
Visibility: 75 miles
3-hr Precip: 0.00 ins.
3-hr Snow: 0.0 ins.
BHO SA 1455 140 SCT 250 SCT 75 163/32/17/3215G20/001/ 8/088
51014

1 P.M.
Weather: Scattered altocumulus, broken cirrus
Temperature: 39F, Dew point: 19F; Relative Humidity: 44%
Wind: WNW at 9 kts
Sea-level pressure: 29.97 inches Hg, falling, then more slowly
Visibility: 70 miles
6-hr Max temp: 39F
6-hr Min temp: 28F
6-hr Precip: 0.00 ins.
6-hr Snow: 0.0 ins.
Snow Depth: 0 ins.
BHO SA 1755 140 SCT 250 SCT 70 150/39/19/3009/997/ 8/084 56013
10039 20028

SUMMARY FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2021

TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)
MAX…….38   NORMAL…..34
MIN…….28   NORMAL…..18
MEAN……33   NORMAL…..26

DEPARTURE FROM 30-YEAR NORMAL…………………+7
TOTAL DEPARTURE FOR THE MONTH…………………+36 [+5.8 DEGREES/DAY]

HEATING DEGREE DAYS (SEASON JUL TO JUN)
TOTAL HEATING UNITS FOR YESTERDAY……………32  DEPARTURE…… -7
TOTAL HEATING UNITS FOR THE MONTH…………..196  DEPARTURE……-36
TOTAL HEATING UNITS FOR THE SEASON…………2126  DEPARTURE…..-410
TOTAL HEATING UNITS LAST SEASON TO DATE…….2427  DEPARTURE…..-301

PEAK WIND GUST FOR YESTERDAY (MPH):
420C/Official…………..30 NW  @  5:27 P.M.
AEROVANE (south tower)…..29 NW  @  4:48 P.M.
ASOS…………………..30 N   @  5:28 P.M.
DAVIS #1……………….29 NW  @  5:27 P.M.
DAVIS #2 (south tower)…..29 NW  @  4:48 P.M.
RMY……………………32
VECTOR…………………33
MERLIN…………………32

FASTEST MILE FOR YESTERDAY:
CONTACTING/OFFICIAL………………………..21 NW  @  5:28 P.M.
MAXIMUM 2-MINUTE ASOS AVERAGE……………….22 NW  @  5:28 P.M.
MAXIMUM 2-MINUTE DAVIS #1 AVERAGE……………29 NW  @  5:28 P.M.
MAXIMUM 2-MINUTE DAVIS #2 AVERAGE……………22 NW  @  5:28 P.M.
MAXIMUM 2-MINUTE RMY AVERAGE………………..22 NNW @  5:25 P.M.
MAXIMUM 2-MINUTE VECTOR AVERAGE……………..22     @  5:28 P.M.

AVERAGE WIND SPEED AND DIRECTION:
CONTACTING/OFFICIAL…12.7 NW  [304 total miles]
ASOS………………12.8     [229 total miles]
DAVIS #1…………..13.0 NNW [231 total miles]
DAVIS #2…………..12.8 NNW [229 total miles]
RMY……………….12.2 NNW [293 total miles]
VECTOR…………….12.8     [229 total miles]

PRECIPITATION (INCHES) THROUGH THIS MORNING (EST):
TOTAL PRECIPITATION 24 HRS ENDING 7 A.M…….0.00  DEPARTURE….-0.14
ASOS………….0.00
TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH………….0.49  DEPARTURE….-0.37
ASOS………….0.48
TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR…………..0.49  DEPARTURE….-0.37
ASOS…………0.48

SNOWFALL (INCHES) THROUGH THIS MORNING (EST):
TOTAL SNOWFALL 24 HOURS ENDING 7 A.M………..0.0  DEPARTURE…..-0.6
TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH……………… 1.9  DEPARTURE…..-1.5
TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE SEASON……………..28.1  DEPARTURE…..+8.7

PRELIMINARY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR DECEMBER CALENDAR DAY DATA
DATE: MAX/MIN/MEAN/DEP/PRECIP/SNOW/SUN(MIN.)/SUN(%)/PEAK GUST/AERO/RMY GUST
AERO: Aerovane wind recording system gust
RMY:  R.M. Young wind gust recording system
TSTM: Thunderstorm day (thunder heard some time during day)
….: Data not yet available, records not finalized
M:    Missing data

12/01   62/40/51/+14/0.61/0.0/112/20      60 S    AERO 67 W    RMY 64
12/02   42/32/37/+1/0.00/0.0/301/54       32 SW   AERO 32 SW   RMY 35
12/03   49/30/40/+4/0.00/0.0/512/92       25 SSW  AERO 25 SSW  RMY 28
12/04   58/40/49/+14/0.06/0.0/332/60      35 SSW  AERO 35 SSW  RMY 37
12/05   42/32/37/+2/2.13/2.8/000/00       58 NNW  AERO 58 NNW  RMY 67
12/06   34/26/30/-5/0.01/T/403/73        E44 WNW  AERO 44 WNW  RMY 49
12/07   33/22/28/-6/T/T/457/83            24 NW   AERO 26 NW   RMY 26
12/08   29/22/26/-8/T/T/006/01            24 NW   AERO 25 NW   RMY 28
12/09   34/19/27/-7/T/T/000/00            16 W    AERO 17 W    RMY 19
12/10   42/30/36/+3/0.00/0.0/351/64       30 WNW  AERO 31 WNW  RMY 29
12/11   50/31/41/+8/0.00/0.0/384/70       32 SW   AERO 35 SW   RMY 34
12/12   48/40/44/+11/0.38/0.0/000/00      25 E    AERO 21 E    RMY 25
12/13   58/35/47/+15/0.00/0.0/109/20      28 W    AERO 31 WSW  RMY 31
12/14   35/30/33/+1/0.10/0.4/000/00       25 N    AERO 25 N    RMY 29
12/15   34/21/28/-4/0.00/0.0/541/99       32 WNW  AERO 33 WNW  RMY 38
12/16   27/13/20/-11/0.14/1.4/180/33      38 E    AERO 37 E    RMY 39
12/17   31/19/25/-6/1.58/15.1/000/00      55 ENE  AERO 56 ENE  RMY 59
12/18   27/18/23/-8/0.00/0.0/120/22       28 N    AERO 26 N    RMY 27
12/19   29/13/21/-9/0.00/0.0/436/80       16 SW   AERO 16 S    RMY 16
12/20   36/24/30/0/0.02/T/000/00          14 S    AERO 16 SW   RMY 14
12/21   34/29/32/+2/0.00/0.0/000/00       22 WNW  AERO 24 WNW  RMY 23
12/22   42/30/36/+7/0.00/0.0/447/82       34 WNW  AERO 35 WNW  RMY 38
12/23   37/26/32/+3/0.00/0.0/480/88       30 WNW  AERO 28 WNW  RMY 31
12/24   53/30/42/+13/T/0.0/153/28         46 SSE  AERO 50 SSE  RMY 55
12/25   61/37/49/+21/2.15/0.0/000/00      68 SSE  AERO 77 SSE  RMY 84
12/26   37/25/31/+3/0.00/0.0/485/89       38 SW   AERO 44 SW   RMY 43
12/27   38/22/30/+2/0.00/0.0/513/94       18 W    AERO 18 W    RMY 20
12/28   49/27/38/+10/T/0.0/109/20         35 SSW  AERO 36 –    RMY 37
12/29   38/20/29/+2/0.00/0.0/470/86       48 WNW  AERO 50 WNW  RMY 56
12/30   40/19/30/+3/0.00/0.0/060/11       39 SW   AERO 41 SW   RMY 45
12/31   44/28/36/+9/0.14/0.0/000/00       38 SW   AERO 43 SW   RMY 43

DAILY RECORDS FOR DECEMBER 2020

12/17/20: DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL OF 15.1 INCHES,
BREAKS PREVIOUS RECORD OF 7.5 INCHES SET IN 1988
12/25/20: DAILY RECORD PRECIPITATION OF 2.15 INCHES,
BREAKS PREVIOUS RECORD OF 1.37 INCHES SET IN 2002

PRELIMINARY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY CALENDAR DAY DATA
DATE: MAX/MIN/MEAN/DEP/PRECIP/SNOW/SUN(MIN.)/SUN(%)/PEAK GUST/AERO/RMY GUST
AERO: Aerovane wind recording system gust
RMY:  R.M. Young wind gust recording system
TSTM: Thunderstorm day (thunder heard some time during day)
….: Data not yet available, records not finalized
M:    Missing data

01/01   36/25/31/+4/0.06/0.3/…/..       23 E    AERO 23 NNW  RMY 23
01/02   43/30/37/+10/0.30/T/…/..        37 WNW  AERO 39 WNW  RMY 44
01/03   33/27/30/+4/0.07/0.8/…/..       23 NNE  AERO 22 NNE  RMY 25
01/04   37/28/33/+7/0.01/0.1/…/..       25 NNE  AERO 23 NNE  RMY 27
01/05   31/28/30/+4/0.03/0.3/…/..      21 NNW  AERO 21 NNW  RMY 22
01/06   38/28/33/+7/T/T/…/..            30 NW   AERO 29 NW   RMY 32

01/07 The low since midnight is 28F, the daily normal low is 18F

DAILY EXTREMES
Temperature and precipitation records back to 1885, and
wind records back to 1940 (e = estimated):

RECORDS FOR JANUARY 7
HIGH 60F IN 1930
LOW -8F IN 2018
PRECIP 1.97 INS. IN 1977
SNOWFALL 16.0 INS. IN 1977
PEAK GUST 74 MPH NW IN 1968

RECORDS FOR JANUARY 8
HIGH 65F IN 2008
LOW -8F IN 1968
PRECIP 1.70 INS. IN 1958,1979
SNOWFALL 12.5 INS. IN 1996
PEAK GUST 77 MPH NNW IN 1958

TODAY’S REPORT PREPARED BY: Benjamin Turner

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