Pete Bouchard

Storming In

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Yet another storm has its crosshairs on New England this election eve. While it looks like a textbook nor'easter (in size, track and intensity), it will be a minimal snow event for much of Southern New England this time around. It's just too early in the season to keep the cold around.

Speaking of, we finally made freezing in Boston this morning. Our low temp at Logan Airport was 31°. That's about normal for the first freeze of the season. Typically, we reach that value by Nov. 7th.

Now, back to the storm...

Timing:

Starts late AM as faint flurries/sprinkles along the coast. This is minor and weak. No accumulation. Later, by mid afternoon, our precipitation will pick up. Snow will push back to the 128 loop and it will start to accumulate on grassy surfaces, car tops and sidewalks. Roads will be wet, not white. Meanwhile, rain will fall along Rts. 1, 3 and 24. Through the course of the night, the rain will continue to push back to the suburbs of Worcester and then beyond to Western Mass. This is a long duration storm, but the snowiest part is at the beginning. It's an all rain proposition through Thursday.

Snowfall:

Much of that shading of light blue (and some of the dark) will be washed away as we go over to rain Wednesday night.

Wind:

Strongest along the coast and from 1pm to 5am Thursday. Gusts will top 50 on the Cape/Islands, but stay within the 40-50 mph range from Cape Ann to Providence and the city of Worcester. From Metrowest to the Merrimack Valley, winds will range from 30-40mph. Most of us will keep our power this time around. Outages will be minor and brief.

Coastal Flooding:

Tide cycle we're most concerned with is the 5pm high tide. Minor splashover is possible, but most places will see simply high water, since we are neither at a full moon nor a new moon phase at this point in the month.

The nor'easter will slowly wobble from just south of Block Island to just south of Nantucket on Thursday. This keeps the wind going and the seas frothy, but in terms of rainfall, it will be run-of-the mill: just a raw, chilly November day.

Sun's back Friday and into the weekend....anyone for a big warmup on Veteran's Day weekend?

After this stormy pattern, I'm sure to have some takers.

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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