"A fast-forming and strengthening El Niño climate pattern could peak this winter as one of the most intense ever observed, according to an experimental forecast released Tuesday. The new prediction system suggested it could reach top-tier “super” El Niño strength, a level that in the past has unleashed deadly fires, drought, heat waves, floods and mudslides around the world.This time, El Niño is developing alongside an unprecedented surge in global temperatures that scientists say have increased the likelihood of brutal heat waves and deadly floods of the kind seen in recent weeks."
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
"Hurricanes never happen in New England, right? WRONG!
Today (Monday) is the kickoff to Hurricane Preparedness Week! Now is the time to prepare.
Check out this video to learn more!" 🌀https://t.co/zSmMdMZdkn
Shared from -> https://twitter.com/NWSBoston/status/1678403701818667008
Saturday, July 8, 2023
Communicating climate requires eye catching and simple visuals. This graphic adapted from @SafeClimate is one of the best I've seen showing the stark recent rise in temperature. Today's warming rate is >50X the rate after the last ice age
More info: https://t.co/o0DH4NyO3s
Shared from -> https://twitter.com/WeatherProf/status/1677031140476026883
|graphic adapted from @SafeClimate shows temperature change|
Sunday, November 6, 2022
"Check out our schedule of upcoming webinars including Winter Weather Forecasting, the Northern Lights, and Remembering the December 1992 Nor'easter! "
To register go to https://t.co/4HejDIVMUe or this link -> https://www.weather.gov/box/webinars
Shared from Twitter -> https://t.co/cqCl8yoFNi
|National Weather Service Boston - Register for one of these public webinars!|
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
"The climate crisis is also a children’s rights crisis: one in four children globally are already affected by the climate emergency and by 2050 virtually every child in every region will face more frequent heatwaves, according to a new Unicef report.For hundreds of millions of children, heatwaves will also last longer and be more extreme, increasing the threat of death, disease, hunger and forced migration.The findings come less than a fortnight before the Cop27 UN climate talks get underway in Egypt, and after a catastrophic year of extreme weather events – heatwaves, storms, floods, fires and droughts – have demonstrated the speed and magnitude of the climate breakdown facing the planet.According to Unicef, 559 million children currently endure at least four to five dangerous heatwaves annually, but the number will quadruple to 2 billion by 2050 – even if global heating is curtailed to 1.7 degrees, currently the best-case scenario on the table."
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Monday, September 5, 2022
One of the presentations scheduled for the Town Council meeting on Weds Sep 7 is an update on the Franklin water status per the drought. The presentation is not yet posted. The Town Council agenda can be found online -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/september_7_2022_town_council_agenda.pdf
Meteorologist Dave Epstein tweet shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/growingwisdom/status/1565352398339465217
Additional maps and info can be found at Drought.gov/
The Franklin specific info can be found -> https://www.drought.gov/location/02038%2C%20Franklin%2C%20Massachusetts
|historical info for Norfolk County|
|Current drought conditions for Franklin, update scheduled for Town Council meeting Sep 7|
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Hurricane Preparedness Week, as proclaimed by Governor Charlie Baker, runs from July 10 – 16. All week, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will engage local communities across Massachusetts to highlight the risk of tropical storms and hurricanes, and encourage residents to take steps to prepare. As part of MEMA’s commitment to diversity and equity in emergency planning, this year’s campaign will include information to equip those living with disabilities and specific medical needs.
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
“Hurricane Preparedness Week is an annual reminder of the hazards that the Commonwealth faces and how residents can prepare during hurricane season,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy. "While it’s been 31 years since Hurricane Bob made landfall in New England, hurricanes and tropical storms remain a threat to Massachusetts and we ask residents to learn if they live in a hurricane evacuation zone, develop an emergency plan, build an emergency kit, and stay informed.”
Friday, July 1, 2022
|Stay tuned for word on Fireworks for Saturday|
4th of July Coalition home page https://www.franklin4th.com/
Franklin July 4th Coalition
c/o Dean Bank
P.O. Box 307
Franklin, MA 02038
Friday, May 27, 2022
|How to prepare for hurricane season 2022 and avoid storm-related scams|
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Due to the inclement ice storm and weather, the Franklin Senior Center will be closed to all programming and activities tomorrow, Friday, February 4, 2022.
Danielle Hopkins and Christina LaRose
Shared from Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-senior-center/news/senior-center-closed-friday-february-4th-2022-due-inclement-weather
|Senior Center CLOSED Friday, February 4 2022, due to inclement weather.|
Dear Franklin Community,
The weather is expected to bring icy conditions and flash freezing in the morning, with sleet and snow to fall later in the day. As a result of this forecast, the Franklin Public Schools will be CLOSED with a snow day on Friday, February 4.
For the safety of all staff, district and school offices will also be closed. Those who are able to work from home should do so as you are able.
There will be no after school or evening activities. I hope everyone has a nice weekend. Stay safe.
Superintendent of Schools
NWS Boston: webinars on the meteorology behind ocean effect snow and how weather forecast models work
"Interested in learning about the meteorology behind ocean effect snow? How weather forecast models work? Join us for our upcoming public webinars on February 3rd and 10th at 7pm! "
Register here: https://t.co/OWtW5yz19c ❄️💻
Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/y8rDNAH7pH
|NWS Boston: webinars on the meteorology behind ocean effect snow and how weather forecast models work|
Monday, January 10, 2022
"The Pantry will be closed for night distribution, Tuesday, 1/11 from 5:30p-6:30p due to a combination of COVID-safety concerns and frigid temps.
Please visit us from Tuesday 9a-1p or Friday 9a-1p for curbside distribution – no appointments needed. @franklinmatters"
Shared from Twitter -> https://t.co/2sbtXDMDTX or https://twitter.com/FranklinFoodPan/status/1480601210457571331
|Franklin Food Pantry schedule change due to weather/COVID-19|
Sunday, September 26, 2021
"Sergio Koci’s sunflower farm in the lowlands of northern Argentina has survived decades of political upheaval, runaway inflation and the coronavirus outbreak. But as a series of historic droughts deadens vast expanses of South America, he fears a worsening water crisis could do what other calamities couldn’t: Bust his third-generation agribusiness.“When you have one bad year, you can face it,” Koci said. Some of his 20,000 acres rest near the mighty Paraná River, where water levels have reached lows not seen since 1944. On the back of two years of drought-related crop losses, he said, the continuing dryness is now set to reduce his sunflower yields this year by 65 percent.“When you have three bad years, you don’t know if there will even be another year,” he said.From the frigid peaks of Patagonia to the tropical wetlands of Brazil, worsening droughts this year are slamming farmers, shutting down ski slopes, upending transit and spiking prices for everything from coffee to electricity."
"Breaking news in the weather department this morning... We have now moved into first place for the wettest July through September. #EnoughIsEnough"
|We have now moved into first place for the wettest July through September|
Thursday, September 16, 2021
"Missed last night's webinar on our recent tropical tornadoes? You can catch up on that and many others on our YouTube Channel: https://t.co/aG0cPL3dRO"
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/NWSBoston/status/1438125451172474885?s=03
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Good timing for this article given the heat wave baking the area. It is nicely done and interactive so spend a few minutes to review and understand. It doesn't matter whether you accept climate change or not, dealing with humidity is a requirement to remain healthy.
"When it comes to heat, the human body is remarkably resilient — it’s the humidity that makes it harder to cool down. And humidity, driven in part by climate change, is increasing.A measurement of the combination of heat and humidity is called a “wet-bulb temperature,” which is determined by wrapping a completely wet wick around the bulb of a thermometer. Scientists are using this metric to figure out which regions of the world may become too dangerous for humans.A term we rarely hear about, the wet-bulb temperature reflects not only heat, but also how much water is in the air. The higher that number is, the harder it is for sweat to evaporate and for bodies to cool down."
|In Heat vs. Humidity debate, humidity wins|
Thursday, August 19, 2021
"Keep an eye on this one. The National Hurricane Center says the expected track of Tropical Storm Henri has shifted, meaning it’s more likely it will hit the Northeastern states at the end of the week.“The forecast track of Henri has shifted toward the northeast coast of the U.S. this weekend and early next week, increasing the risk of direct storm surge, wind, and rain impacts in portions of the northeastern U.S. and Atlantic Canada during that time,” the forecasters said Wednesday , noting that Henri was on the verge of reaching hurricane strength. “Interests in these areas should closely follow the progress of Henri and check for updates to the forecast.”
|Tropical Storm Henri heads for New England|
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
What is a ‘Yart Sale,’ exactly? Somerville is hosting its first one
"If you took up an artistic hobby like so many others while stuck indoors at the height of the pandemic, or if you’re a seasoned veteran with a lens, brush, or knitting needle, this might be the perfect chance to share — and perhaps even sell — your work with the community.On August 14, Somerville is hosting its first “Yart Sale,” a citywide event that welcomes artists of all calibers to set up shop on their porches, or in their yards and driveways, and sell their artwork to passersby.The event is a mix between the city’s annual pop-up musical gathering, PorchFest, and Open Studios, where artists open up their workspaces, in that attendees can hop from one neighborhood to the next throughout the day to see what’s on display."
[New Webinars Scheduled] Calling all weather enthusiasts! We've scheduled a few Event Review webinars coming up, in addition to *Tonight's Webinar* on the Jet Stream. Come learn something with us! Sign up at https://t.co/OWtW5yQC0K
Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/BmuBiLE31m or https://twitter.com/NWSBoston/status/1422684671775698945?s=03
|National Weather Service webinars scheduled|
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Franklin Public Schools: Half-day for Monday, Feb 1 - Stay tuned for Tuesday decision (weather dependent)
Dear Franklin community,
The weather forecast is calling for a significant snowstorm to move into our area through the day tomorrow and developing into heavy snow in the afternoon hours, and lingering into Tuesday where mixed precipitation and big wind gusts are possible.
Therefore, we will hold school (both in-person/hybrid and remote) tomorrow, Monday, February 1, on a half-day schedule. Schools will be dismissed as follows:
- ECDC: 12:15 PM
- Elementary Schools: 11:45 AM
- Middle Schools:10:45 AM (10:50 AM at HMMS)
- High School: 10:55 AM
There were many strong feelings conveyed from members of the community with the call to have a remote learning day back in December and we had communicated in November that we would monitor our approach and make adjustments, as necessary. We also know that there are strong feelings among community members who feel that a remote learning day would be better for continuity in instruction. Planning for a remote day due to snow is more involved and complicated than the typical remote Wednesday, which is something we learned from December. As school will be abbreviated tomorrow, planning for a remote day on Tuesday will be more difficult. Additionally, having a snow day will result in the school day needing to be made up at the end of the year. This could yield a day with better quality instruction should health metrics related to the virus continue to improve this spring.
Snow day decisions never please everyone, but I hope that sharing this rationale provides you with a better understanding of our approach.
I will continue to keep the community apprised of a final decision for Tuesday, as winter weather can be unpredictable and the storm may not be as bad as forecasted. For now, we will have a half-day of school on Monday and the next update will come by Monday evening. Updates will come in the form of e-mails, text messages, phone calls, posts on our Websites, posts to news outlets (TV and radio), and our Twitter and Facebook social media pages.
Superintendent of Schools