Pete Bouchard

Toughing It Out

Posted by Pete Bouchard

That was a wake up call. If you had to work outside - or even walk a few blocks for that matter - you really found out what you're made of today. And with the Green Line going down this morning, lots of folks were left to tough it out.

Everyone's talking about how this is the coldest in years. Today's high in Boston was a numbing 16°. Last winter, the coldest we hit was 19°; the winter before, 13°. That's a nod to how mild we were last winter (and how marginally cold this spell is). No matter. We're not setting any records with this cold. Record to beat in Boston is -6 and in Worcester it's -13. (See, it can always get worse.)

Got one more day to grimace in the cold before we can talk some sense into Mother Nature. Friday will see the temperatures catapult back to the low 20s, but that's in response to an advancing storm system that looks like it may throw some snow our way.

This isn't a biggie, but it will produce a plowable snow for some - especially Southeast Mass. Here's my latest thinking:

There isn't much moisture to work with, but when temperatures are this cold, you don't need a lot. Looks like enough to sweep, sand and salt in that 1-3 band and plow in the 3-5 band. Startup time is 8-10pm Friday and continuing through early Saturday morning. Pacing is light, but there might be a few bands of moderate snow reaching up to Cape Cod and the Islands from midnight to the wee hours of Saturday.

Could be fine tuned in future forecasts, so stay in touch.




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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