Chris Lambert

Cold, Colder and Coldest (Snow too)

Posted by Chris Lambert

The wind huffs and puffs again today with gusts out of the WSW, turning WNW 40-50mph from late morning, through the afternoon and into the early evening.  So yes, it'll be a windy day at Gillette, adding a bit of a chill factor to the air.  Basically count on wind chill factors a good 10 degrees lower than air temperatures.  Tailgates run near 45 degrees, but near 35 for kickoff and in the upper 20s by the time Brady takes a knee to run off the clock for the W.

The cooling trend to end the night is the leading edge of cold air that continues to get colder into mid-week, with the coldest air in the past 2 years settling in on Wednesday.  How cold is that?  January 24th, 2011 we hit -2 for a low in Boston and 13 for the high.  I don't think we'll far off that, maybe just a few degree warmer. 

Not only do we deal with the cold, we have snow to talk about.  An upper-level low drifts in from the west Monday night, providing enough instability to bring in some flurries and light snow by day's end.  Things get interesting overnight... to say the least.   The upper-level energy captures moisture from an ocean storm far out, draws some of that moisture in, and with instability in the atmosphere set-up across New England thanks to cold air rushing in aloft, snow becomes steady predawn Tuesday, through Tuesday morning.   In this type of situation (Norlun Trough or inverted trough.. technical name) snow amounts from town to town can vary quite a bit.  I'm thinking 1-3" well inland, and 3-5" near the coast and into SE NH.  Within that 3-5" there is a possibility of localized bands setting up, where a few towns could well exceed the 5".  To pinpoint the towns in line for that now is a tough promise since we need to know exactly where that trough sets up. Right now, NE Mass and SE NH has the highest chance to out perform on this storm.  The snow will be light and fluffy, and temps fall into the teens Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday night-Thursday look cold, in fact, mornings start near 0 Wednesday and Thursday, and highs Wednesday hit 15 if you're lucky.  Then more snow Friday!  Welcome back winter, right?

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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