BOSTON (CBS) – What a stretch … Boston has now been 13 days without rain or snow. We picked up 0.18 inches of rain the first time, but it’s been dry since! This is the fourth longest stretch of consecutive days with no measurable precipitation. Remember, we are not going to break the record of 1915 when there was no rainfall for the entire month of March. Sure, we had a couple of snow gusts bringing in arctic air over the weekend that dropped 0.1 inches of snow, but not enough rainfall to be measurable in the record books.
The most recent drought pattern and the record warmth of the past week are helping to reduce the snowpack considerably. This dry vegetation on days with low relative humidity and gusty winds can be a natural fire starter. Even if temperatures are in their 20s to 30s, the entire area is at increased risk of fire due to the dry weather and strong northwest winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts of up to 35 miles per hour.
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A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect throughout the state (excluding snowpack) until 9:00 p.m. tonight for critical fire weather conditions. That said, any fire that starts can spread quickly and be difficult to put out. Be careful with an open flame and make sure you dispose of the garbage properly. Several brush fires have been reported in the past few days due to the very dry and windy conditions.
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Looking ahead, while the winds will relax for tomorrow, a very weak storm will move to our south Tuesday evening and Wednesday. At the moment there is only one chance for light snow / rain showers, but most of the precipitation seems to stay off the coast. However, there will also be another storm later this week. This one looks like it’s going to our south too, but brush us with a mix of rain before switching to snow late Thursday to Friday. Seems appropriate as Friday is the last full winter day.
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Stay with WBZ as we tweak the route and rainfall type later this week!