By CRAIG FREILICH
MASSENA -- It’s no surprise, but today’s high temperature at Massena’s Richards Field of 62 degrees at noon has shattered the record there for a Jan. 30.
The old record, 49 degrees, was set in 1988.
Today’s high temperature represents a swing of 55 degrees from 3 a.m. Tuesday, when the mercury stood at 7 degrees above zero. That’s an average rise of more than 2 ½ degrees an hour over the period.
Thursday night, the National Weather Service forecast is calling for temperatures to drop back into the single digits.
The normal high for Jan. 30 at Massena is 25 degrees. The normal low is five above.
While we could find no daily wind speed records, it’s a fair bet that we would set a record tomorrow.
Gusts of more than 30 mph have been recorded at Richards Field this afternoon, and as this unusual weather blows through the North Country, wind gusts of up to 60 mph are predicted for Thursday.
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