On what was already an amazing day of variance in New England weather - a swing from 75 in Oxford, Connecticut, to 30 degrees in many Northern Maine locales, as of late Thursday afternoon - we've also seen a tremendous difference in conditions. I grabbed some webcam images from a few examples like...
Fort Kent, ME - a half foot of snow expected and an afternoon temperature of 30 degrees.
As if this swing weren't enough, and the contrast of sunshine vs. snowstorm isn't the icing on the cake...how about the tremendous difference in conditions between nearby towns!
Here are some amazing contrasts to consider from this afternoon's weather - all readings are from late Thursday afternoon:
North end of Lake Champlain (by St. Albans, VT): 35 degrees.
South end of Lake Champlain (Burlington, VT): 44 degrees.
Nahhh...not good enough. Let's keep looking.
Jamaica Plain, 59 degrees . Norwood, 73 degrees. Distance: 8 miles. That's 1.75 degrees per mile.
Boston, 53. Blue Hill Observatory, 73. 2.22 degrees per mile.
Fitchburg, 73. Manchester, NH, 57. Not bad over 25 miles.
But the winner is...
Quincy, MA, 58. South Braintree, MA, 71. 13 degree change. That's 3.71 degrees per mile, or just under 1 degree per quarter mile. In other words, running a football field will result in a .21 degree temperature change!!!
Amazing stuff. Did I forecast it correctly? Not for everyone, no way! But 20 degree temperature changes over 10 miles take mostly luck... ;)