Pete Bouchard

Warmth is Trending

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Wow! This is December?

Although our high of 59° was 10 degrees off the record, it was still WAY above the normal of 47°. But what is it about early December warmth?

Last year: 63° on the 5th

2010: 56° on the 1st

2009: 69° on the 3rd

2008: 60° on the 1st (and 63° on the 10th)

I'm beginning to see a trend here. In fact, just like those freakish warmups around Marathon time in mid April, we may start to expect some mini-warmup in early December around here. Of course, over the course of 30 years (the normal time period where we formulate our climate normals), this data will be smoothed, but I wonder if there might be a local maximum or a "bump" that is teased out of the data in early December (and mid April).

And how has this affected the winter? You'll find NO connection there:

2011-'12: 9.3" of snow

2010-'11: 81"

2009-'10: 35.7"

2008-'09: 65.9"

So, suffice it to say that warm spells in early December are not harbingers of a warm (cold), snowless (snowy) winter.

OK, geeky weather talk is over now.

Another mild day is in store for tomorrow. I'm not expecting that much in the way of sun, but it's hardly a cold day. Highs again will soar into the mid and upper 50s - one last soiree into the mid air before the cold air slaps down on Wednesday.

But this is what I call "superficial cold". Highs will fall to normal by Thursday, only to rebound into the weekend as we go into the rain.

This is our next significant (no, not calling it major) weather system...and it's a wet one. HOWEVER, we need to watch the cold air on Sunday. It may seep in from the north and attempt to insert some wintery weather across New England. How far south it gets into our area is still up for question.




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:


*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'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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