Pete Bouchard

2012's Sendoff

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Well it's here. The end of 2012. The year that saw a mild winter/spring combo and a sizzling summer. We fell short on the precipitation, but won big in the hurricane lottery with Sandy making a pass around Halloween...which seems to be turning into quite a stormy time period here in New England.

And how do we go out? Um, kinda like we went in. Without a peep from any storms, and without a lot of cold.

Sure, 32 is pretty chilly, and it's going to feel like the mid 20s with a breeze, but it could be much, much colder...if we didn't have clouds. Clouds act as a blanket and reradiate the "heat" that would normally escape into the mid/upper atmosphere at night. The end result is a slow drop in the temperatures. In our case, it will only drop to about 31 in the city tonight.

Tomorrow, although the cold will be funneling in, there won't be a whole lot of chill. Highs make the mid and upper 30s with increasing sun. Not too shabby, right? Well, all the while the arctic air will be oozing in. We'll fall to single digits and low 10s by Wednesday morning. But here again, it could be worse. Low temperatures across Northern New England will fall to the teens below zero!

And that looks to be the rule this week. The coldest air will nestle in for the long haul to the north, but we'll just get a glancing shot with mid and upper 20s on Wed/Thu.

Happy New Year everyone! Be safe, be sensible and be home by 11pm.

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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