Pete Bouchard

Night Train

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Houses (and nerves) were rattled last night with what seemed like a freight train (with dual locomotives) barreling through the Commonwealth. Gusts topped 80 mph high atop Blue Hill in Milton, and a general swath of 60-70mph winds were present around Greater Boston and the South Shore.

Big question is why did the storm spare the Merrimack Valley and Southern NH hurricane-force gusts? (Granted, winds there weren't light, but they weren't to the tune of 60-80mph either.) That's because a squall line - or line of intense, convective rain - hit the former and spared the latter.

Now it's time to simmer down. Winds will still be around, but they will nag - not terrorize - us. Chill is setting in too. Highs tomorrow nudge the mid 30s, but Saturday we'll fall short of freezing in many areas. Winter is back!

And because of that, we're watching the weather maps for snow. One such event may be unfolding Sunday, but it doesn't look any worse than what we've seen this winter - in select spots.

This storm will flare up south of Long Island and intensify en route to the Gulf of Maine. That puts Eastern Massachusetts in the cross-hairs of the greatest accumulation, but the concern here is how strong the storm will be when it passes overhead. I'm throwing around the 3-5 inch amounts in my head, but I haven't yet put it to print just yet. West of Worcester, accumulations will be lighter.

More later.

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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