After a brief cool down, the unseasonably “warm” air will return by midweek and continue into the weekend. Temperatures will feel more like April as strong High Pressure will sit off the East Coast and continue to push mild air our way. However, with ocean temperatures still around 40 degrees, winds blowing from the southerly direction will keep the coast much cooler than the mainland.Temperatures on Thursday will hit 70 degrees inland while the cooler ocean will keep us mainly in the 50s.Unlike last weekend, most of the week will feature a good deal of clouds with periods of sunshine. While most of the week will be dry, there will be a few chances of a sprinkle or brief shower. A better chance of showers (or even a t’storm) will arrive on Saturday as a cold front will approach which will put an end to the milder temperatures.Computer models show a good chance of showers arriving by Saturday. (Courtesy: tropicaltidbits.com)Despite the next cool shot on Sunday, high temperatures will still reach around 50 degrees on Sunday. Beyond that we will continue to remain above normal through the remainder of February.NOAA: 8-14 day outlook which takes us into the first week of March shows above normal temperatures continue.Is Winter Over?As we exit the last month of the Meteorological Winter (December, January & February), March is notorious for rapid changes in the weather. The Jetsteam is still rather strong in March which can cause active patterns. Increasingly warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and winter’s last gasp of Canadian Arctic Air trying to surge south causes wide temperature differences across the nation. This sometimes produces our late season snows, heavy rain and flooding with rapid developing coastal storms. Fortunately, with the sun angle rising higher in the sky, melting helps the snow disappear much quicker. While monthly forecasts are staring to look like winter could be behind us, this season’s pattern has shown that quick blasts of cold air can still happen. Even though any blast would be short lived.Computer models show monthly temperature forecasts return to near normal or just below normal, (High in the 40s), especially by the second week of March. Overall the weather pattern for March does not show any late season cold blasts which would give us a shot at any significant snowfall but does not show any surges of warm air either. March could end of being a month of near normal temperatures as high temperatures will generally be in the 40s & 50s.
Portadown-based Howell House, the cakes and biscuits division of Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s, has secured a £250,000 deal to export its Howell’s Handmade Jammy Joeys cakes to 47 Asda stores in Scotland.The deal is the first time that Howell House has exported its products and is expected to boost total sales for the division to £600,000 per year. Howell House, acquired by Irwin’s three years ago, specialises in Irish-style cakes, making products under the Howell’s Handmade and Rankin Selection Cakes brands.David Quigg, NI and Scotland Asda buyer, said of the deal: “Our local business with Howell House has more than doubled over the last year, so this really is another great accomplishment and the first step in what we hope will be the roll-out of further products from the brand to Scotland and the rest of the UK.”Irwin’s export business is worth around £17m in sales, with Nutty Krust batch bread and Rankin Selection Irish breads on sale in mainland supermarkets.
David H. Souter, a native New Englander and Harvard alumnus who served nearly two decades on the U.S. Supreme Court before stepping down in 2009, will be the principal speaker at the Afternoon Exercises of Harvard’s 359th Commencement on May 27.“During his years on the nation’s highest court, Justice Souter approached the vital work of judging with a deep sense of independence and fairness, a close attention to the facts of each case, and a clear concern for the effects of the court’s decisions on the lives of real people,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “The dedication, humility, and commitment to learning with which he has pursued his calling should be an inspiration to any young man or woman contemplating a career in public service.”Souter was appointed to the high court by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The extensive legal experience he brought to the position, and his polite but persistent questioning of the lawyers who appeared before the court, helped to shape many of the most closely watched cases of our time.“Many of the people who will be joining the ranks of Harvard alumni on May 27 are eager to make a difference in the world, through the arts and sciences or through community service or engaging in public affairs,” said Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland, president of the Harvard Alumni Association. “Justice Souter is a prime example of someone who has made a profound contribution to society not by seeking the limelight but by selflessly devoting himself to serving the public good.”Souter was born in Melrose, Mass., in 1939 and moved to New Hampshire at age 11. He graduated from Harvard College in 1961 and studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar, after which he returned to Harvard and received a degree from the Law School in 1966.After two years in private practice, he was named an assistant attorney general of New Hampshire, and he became the state’s attorney general in 1976. He served on the Superior Court of New Hampshire and that state’s Supreme Court before being named to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Soon after, Bush tapped Souter to replace Justice William J. Brennan Jr. on the Supreme Court.While he was on the court, Souter was known to return whenever he could to his farmhouse in Weare, N.H., favoring hiking in the nearby mountains and quiet time for reading over the public speaking circuit.While maintaining a low-key public profile, he developed a reputation for long hours in his chambers and careful study of the issues brought before the court. When Souter announced his intention to retire, President Barack Obama said he had shown what it means to be a “fair-minded and independent judge.”“He approached judging as he approaches life,’’ the president said, “with a feverish work ethic and a good sense of humor, with integrity, equanimity, and compassion — the hallmark of not just being a good judge, but of being a good person.”Souter will speak during Commencement day’s Afternoon Exercises, which serve as the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. The exercises will take place in the Tercentenary Theatre of Harvard Yard.