Reggie Smith (MBA ’20) tells us what to expect this month.
October is the great transition month in New England. The last warmth of summer melts away, while the first frost of winter arrives. Our campus will be overcome with beautiful fall foliage as the leaves change their colors. Of course, all this means one thing: we are headed into the icy grip of a brutal Boston Winter. But let’s not panic yet. While I do think this winter will be snowier and colder than last winter, there is still some uncertainty. If this fall pattern continues into December, we could get stuck with a bunch of sloppy/icy storms like last year. We’ll take it week by week. For now, start mentally preparing for a quick descent into cold weather.
What has characterized this fall pattern so far? Warmth and dryness. We ended September about 2.5 degrees above normal for the month and with a rainfall shortage of over an inch compared to normal. Spangler Lawn has felt more like your favorite warm vacation destination more times than we could ever hope for. Temperatures have repeatedly popped into the 80s (and even hit 92) with abundant sunshine.
The “summer-nice” weather is just about over. Yes, we’ll still have a warm day or two in the upper 70s (or even 80) but we’ll now spend most of our days in the 60s. Some days we’ll be stuck in the 50s. By the end of the month, nighttime temperatures will repeatedly fall close to freezing. Crisp, chilly breezes will whip around campus as we shuffle to and from classes. A snowflake or two can’t be ruled out by the end of the month. Break out your favorite hoodie and grab your jacket—fall is here!
While I can’t wait for our first winter blizzard to arrive (complete with blinding snow and epic wind), I know some of you wish this was never coming. One, remember the tunnels; two, remember the tunnels; and three, I’ll be here to help you get through it!
P.S. Here’s a conversion table.
Reggie Smith (MBA ’20) grew up in Philadelphia and has studied the weather for over 17 years. He was the Meteorologist for the Spirit News serving over 100,000 people in the city. Prior to HBS he worked at Johnson Controls (JCI), where he developed large energy conservation and solar projects. Most recently, he led the development engineering for an energy storage start-up business within JCI. He spent the summer of 2019 at Marathon Capital and Eventide Asset Management doing investment banking in clean energy and investing in clean energy-related companies, respectively. Reggie graduated summa cum laude with a B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.