Pete Bouchard

A Foray Into The Cold

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Cold front sliced through this morning, and although it didn't really feel like a shot of cold air rushed in at first, it certainly does now.

Gusty winds are transporting the coldest part of this airmass into New England. This is uniform cold, so everyone gets a slice of 20s tonight...all the way to the Back Bay. Granted, we're not going into the single digits or teens (thanks to a brisk breeze), it is a bit of a shock to the system after basking in the 50s since Monday.

Got a lot of snow lovers grumbling and ranting on Twitter and in emails:

"Where's the cold?"

"When can I build an outdoor ice rink?"

"Will we have a white Christmas?"

Can't see too far into the future to answer these questions with confidence, but I will say that I don't see any long-term cold in the pipeline through mid December. Sure, we may lob into the deeper cold by Chistmas week or even late December, but we gotta get things moving around the globe first. Arctic air is in a holding pattern right now. It's locked in Siberia, Alaska/Yukon Territories and Europe. Even when it gets going, will it be a brief cooldown like we had last Friday/Saturday or will it be here to stay?

These are rhetorical questions right now. Winter is still in diapers, and the cards are still on the table.

Near term, slow warming into the weekend. It's not enough to get out the short-sleeves, but it's enough to make it rain instead of snow. The real warmth will wait until Monday to surge in. By then, we might get cozy with the 60s!

Take it easy.

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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