Pete Bouchard

Knee-Jerk Temperatures

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Did a little melting with the sun and semi-mild temperatures today. In addition there was a great Sun Dog in the sky around 2:45


Sun Dogs happen when sunlight is refracted (bent) around ice crystals in high clouds. They give the appearance of another sun to the left and right of the actual sun. They're most common in the winter months when the sun angle is low.

OK, lesson over. Back to the forecast - which is looking mighty busy. In terms of high temperatures, we're all over the place. Nosedive tonight, then back up over the weekend. To go from 20s to 40s on Saturday and Sunday, you need a lot of wind. And that's just what we'll have for the next few days. So hang on tight.

First up is a close brush with a storm tonight and early tomorrow. I expect a band of light snow to break out after midnight for the Cape and Islands. Some accumulation is likely the farther out you go on the Cape, but Nantucket actually has the best chance for plowable snow as they are closest to the storm's track. Plan on a good 3-4 inches there. Elsewhere, the amounts are pretty minor:

This is a fast-moving storm, so if you sleep in you'll might miss the whole shooting match. The exception to that is the outer Cape. There, we may see some lingering snowshowers through midday. Minor stuff, but still in the air. Gusty winds will have a good hold on the rest of us through the day. Despite sun, we'll only manage 20s.

A gusty southwest wind will send that back into the 40s by Saturday afternoon. No precipitation is in sight, but there will be lots of clouds moving through.

Sunday night at Gillette, the cold air will come rushing back in. Although temperatures will hold in the low/mid 30s at gametime, the wind chill will hover in the upper 10s!

Stay warm and GOOOOOOOOOOOO Pats!!!


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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