Delightful Week Follows Storm

After Irene hit New England as a Tropical Storm on Sunday, the sun returned in earnest for Monday. Winds died down, and humidity dropped back into the comfortable level.

Get used to that, as sunshine, temperatures around 80, and low humidity remains in the forecast through mid-week. Temperatures will be in the 70s by late week as winds turn onshore. Overall, it is great weather for any storm clean-up that is necessary. Plus, it’s nice that those without power can get by comfortably without air conditioning.

Here in Hingham, only about 40 residents remained in the dark on Monday, largely due to the good work of Hingham Light. In nearby downs such as Norwell, Scituate, and Marshfield, thousands of residents remained powerless and may for days according to National Grid.

Any Hingham residents with tree debris is welcome to drop it off for disposal this week (Tuesday through Friday) at Bare Cove Park from 8 AM to 3 PM, according to the DPW.

I’ve heard a few people today refer to Irene as a ‘hurricane’ when it struck New England. That is false: she was a tropical storm. In fact, here at, a tropical storm is what was forecasted since Tuesday (more). While the damage locally was on par with a strong Nor’Easter, flooding to our west was epic. Western Massachusetts and Vermont flooding will likely be Irene’s biggest legacy.

For the Boston area, I fear that those around Greater Boston who think this was in fact a hurricane will be ill prepared for our next REAL hurricane. New England has a long history of major hurricanes hitting our shore with devastating damage, far worse than what we saw with Irene. So, when the next hurricane nears New England in the future, please don’t use Irene as a benchmark. Use Irene and multiply its effects by at least 3. That’s what a true hurricane can do.