Chris Lambert

Don't Get Used To It

Posted by Chris Lambert

Let's be honest, the past winter and a half, hasn't been tough to take across New England.  Cold doesn't sustain itself, what snow falls, melts fairly quickly, and temperatures have averaged 4-5 degrees above the norm. 

It all has to do with how pressure patterns across the northern hemisphere set-up.  When the Arctic has a strong polar vortex (low pressure across it), cold air tends to stay bottled up across Alaska, northern Canada and the Arctic. That's what we've seen quite a bit of recently, with only brief breaks in that pattern.  When high pressure builds across the West Coast, Alaska, Greenland and much of the Arctic, cold air is displaced toward lower latitudes, including the central and eastern United States.  That's similar to a pattern we saw in Jan and Feb of 2011,  parts of the 2009/2010 winter and in mid Jan-Feb of 2007.   This is also similar to the set-up next week, and perhaps more often than not, over the next several weeks.

In this more wintry pattern, the obvious:  the cold is coming.  What's tough to pin down, is the storm track.  Meaning, while I'm highly confident in cold air blasting into New England this week, with perhaps more early February cold spells, I'm less confident in guaranteeing big snow storms.  Although, you need the cold to get the snow, so at least that's in place.  Sometimes it can just be cold and dry though, like much of the mid Jan-Feb of 2007 we had.  With the snow... we'll wait to see what happens.

A couple chances of snow are in the forecast with some snow late Monday night and Tuesday morning, steadiest over SE Mass, and perhaps a more widespread and heavier storm possible Friday. 

The coldest stretch of weather will be Tuesday night - Thursday morning.  Expect near 0 degrees readings in the morning, and teens for highs Wednesday afternoon.

So don't get too used to the milder air this weekend, it's days are numbered.  Oh... and go 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:

*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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