Pete Bouchard

Bringing Back the Calm

Posted by Pete Bouchard

After Superstorm Sandy, I think a lot of us in the weather community are asking, "what just happened?"

Certainly there will be conferences, papers and research devoted to her formation and track. The Greenland Block was a silent - but huge - player in steering her into the Mid Atlantic. Questions are already swirling around how it got so anomolously big. Could it just be happenstance, or are other forces at play? And what about her title as hurricane? Certainly other 75-80mph hurricanes aren't as vicious, nor do they carry a 10ft storm surge. Could the fact that she was a hybrid storm (part nor'easter/part hurricane) make her more efficient at generating storm surge? Lastly, what about seeing more Sandys in the future? Should we have a new classification for these types of storms? Maybe a Sub-Tropical version of the Saffir Simpson Scale?

Whew!

The questions in the near term aren't as cerebral. We're still caught up in Sandy's remnants, and that means rain and mild temperatures. Downpours have returned, along with a few rumbles of thunder. I expect these to continue through this evening, then taper to more scat'd showers after midnight.

Halloween is tomorrow, and the forecast is NOT looking ghastly. I'm seeing some sun, some clouds and a high temps right around 60. That's not half bad. There will be a few sprinkles around, but nothing as heavy as this evening.

Long range, we'll get back to November-like temps soon. The weekend is brisk, dry and chilly.

And it's worth noting that there are no superstorms in sight.

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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