Pete Bouchard

Warmup...With a Side of Rain

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Chilled to the bone today. Although the air wasn't what we call arctic, it was plenty cold. Highs struggled to make 40 in many spots. The only saving grace: the wind diminshed in the afternoon. Sun actually felt OK - even though it's very feeble this time of year (noontime sun angle is 25° - compared to 70° in mid June).

Speaking of the sun, we're nearing the shortest day of the year, more commonly known as the Winter Solstice. We're already close to another milestone too: the earliest sunset is Saturday at 4:11! After that, we gain close to a minute a day, ending up at 4:22 by New Year's Eve.

Anyway, temperatures are on the mend in the short term. We won't skyrocket back to the 50s just yet, however. I'm seeing a slow climb in the next couple of days - along with some wet weather to make it nice and raw.

Showers will most likely catch up with us by tomorrow afternoon and evening. Nothing noteworthy, but still enough to make you break out the umbrella if you're strolling around town to do some holiday shopping.

The one reprieve I see is on Sunday. A wedge of dry air will come in to widen the prospects for sun. It will also cool the air just a hair, ahead of the big warmup on  Monday.

Speaking of, this may be our final stand of warm temps. Cooler air will infiltrate Wed-Thu next week, and pending the outcome of a pattern change by next weekend, it may have staying power.

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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