Although the possible frost predicted for the pre-dawn hours in North Berkshire on Friday didn’t pan out, the sudden pre-autumnal chill that engulfed the Berkshires and beyond late this week had folks firing up their furnaces for the first time in three months. Many also wondered where summer had gone.
With the official start of autumn still three weeks away, forecasters are confident that by mid-week, temperatures will be back around 80 for a few more days.
The official low at Pittsfield Municipal Airport was 40 at 5 a.m., while Harriman and West Airport in North Adams recorded 39 at 6 a.m. Weather observers in outlying areas reported readings as low as 36 in Otis and Windsor, and 37 in South Egremont, Adams, Williamstown and Stamford, Vt.
While Saturday will be seasonably mild, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., a cool and windy Sunday is expected after the leading edge of chilly air crosses the region.
A significant warmup is set to begin on Tuesday, followed by highs near 80 on Wednesday and Thursday in the Berkshires, forecaster Warren Snyder predicted. There may even be some thunderstorms beginning Wednesday night as the next cool air mass approaches the region.
Meanwhile, with no sign of any potential major tropical development in the Atlantic, meteorologists point out that not since 1941 has a hurricane season gone this late with no storms. Only two years, 1907 and 1914, failed to produce a reported hurricane, said Accuweather.com hurricane specialist Dan Kottlowski.
But, since the season extends through November and Hurricane Sandy hit on Oct. 29, "hurricane formation in the Atlantic is overdue and is soon likely to shift in favor of multiple tropical systems," Kottlowski stated.
On the tropical weather maps, there appears to be no chance of a hurricane until mid-month.
The current weather pattern would prevent a tropical system in the Atlantic from making landfall along the East Coast of the U.S. until the second half of September and would continue to deter rapid strengthening to a hurricane until then, if at all, Kottlowski added.
However, there are systems developing that could affect Texas and eastern Mexico.