Continental Polar air mass
It’s a lot cooler today than it has been. I wasn’t really looking forward to it. See, I like it warm. Very warm. This cool stuff isn’t just for me. Personally, I think this is the kind of weather we should have in January, not June. It wasn’t that bad, just not what I wanted. Last night we had a storm system pass through after some very nice warm weather, and behind it was a rather chilly air mass from Canada. And sadly, it seems to want to stick around for a while. Fuck. At least it isn’t as bad as maritime polar air, but I will discuss that at some other time. And then there is Arctic air, which is just plain nasty, but again, for some other time.
Anyway, like I said, the continental polar air masses that affect New England generally form in Canada before moving our way.† These air masses tend to be cool or cold, and they are dry – either with clear skies or puffy cumulus clouds.† Today we had cumulus clouds. These air masses can come any time of year, in the summer they bring cool to kinda warm sunny days, spring and fall tend to be cool, and winter they are cold and generally unpleasant, though some people seem to like it, not sure why. Whatever. Anyway, these variations are due to the fact that this kind of air mass modifies when it comes into contact with warmer areas.‡
But anyway, this will end soon, and summery weather will come back, and hopefully stay a long time. But in the meantime, it is just gonna be kinda meh.
†Ludlum, David M. “National Audubon Field Guide to North American Weather” Pg 35. Chanticleer Press 1991-1996