Pete Bouchard

Time To Prepare

Posted by Pete Bouchard

What was once a fuzzy forecast got a whole lot clearer today when our weather models turned Sandy (or what may be her powerful remnants) toward the East Coast.

While the exact track remains elusive, there is one thing we can agree on: we will see a significant impact from Sandy late Sunday and into Monday.

There I said it.

But what I didn't say is important too. I didn't mention direct hit to New England. (Too early for that.) I didn't mention that Sandy will be a tropical system (hurricane or tropical storm). And I didn't mention this will be a storm of record. Or epic. Or devastating.

Those are certainly options, but because of the uncertainty on the EXACT track, I'm not ready to pull out all the stops. The train is running, but it hasn't left the station.

That said, it's time to prepare. Make sure your outdoor equipment/furniture is securely stored. Boats should be in, but if they're moored, prepare for SEVERAL significant high tide cycles. Prep the beachfront (if you can) for severe erosion, and if you live steps away from the water, have a backup plan in place if you need to move to higher ground.

There's more time to sort things out, and certainly the situation could improve. If Sandy is NOT captured by the jetstream, well, then I just wasted a couple paragraphs of space in my blog. That option is still on the table. There will be a point in the storm's path where the tropical steering currents hand off to the upper level steering currents over the U.S.  I liken this to a baton pass in a relay race. If Sandy misses the handoff (to the U.S.) she will sail out to sea over the fishes. If she completes the handoff, we have a monster on our hands. Energy from the upper atmosphere will be imparted to Sandy and she will become even larger and more dangerous.

I have my doubts that Sandy will complete the handoff. It's very difficult to 'phase' at such a low latitude without a strong cold blast of air (which we don't have). We'll see how it unfolds.

In the meantime, some pretty nice days are on tap. Unfortunately, they won't catch many weather headlines in the Sandy frenzy, but 60s return to the forecast tomorrow, and Friday may see some towns and cities make a run for 70 (away from the coast)!

Enjoy! And remember to stay with 7News for the latest on Sandy.

Pete

Chris Lambert

50/50 Weekend

Posted by Chris Lambert

We're off to an iffy start to the weekend as nuisance rain and wet snow moves across the area.  While it's not a well organized area of low pressure, it develops right near us midday, and that'll be enough for a tricky forecast.  Light to moderate  rain/snow is on and off early this morning with a heavier burst of precipitation possible late morning, through mid afternoon in eastern MA (11:00AM-3:00PM).

Posted 01/18/14, 6:54am
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Pete Bouchard

Final Days

Posted by Pete Bouchard

That's the way to get it done! Fine finish to the workweek as sun dominated and winds behaved.

I submit that is the one - and perhaps only - reason these days have felt springlike in this extended thaw. If the winds were gusty on a day like today, the sun (albeit a little stronger these days) is really no help.

Posted 01/17/14, 5:06pm
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Jeremy Reiner

Great Mid-Winter Weather

Posted by Jeremy Reiner

Nice mid-winter weather? Here's how I envision it:

*Sunshine

*Mild temps (40 or higher)

*Little to no wind

That last bullet point (IMO) is probably the biggest when outside this time of year. After our morning fog lifts out of here all three of those criteria will be met this afternoon AND.....it's Friday. #Winning.

Posted 01/17/14, 7:04am
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Pete Bouchard

Colder Temperatures Cometh

Posted by Pete Bouchard

As far as blah days go, this was the blahest.

Fog blanketed the area as winds remained light and variable. We're still looking at some fog, but the thickest part of it should only be during the first half of the night. After that, gentle winds should "mix out" some of the heavily fogged in areas.

Posted 01/16/14, 5:24pm
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