Pete Bouchard

Why We May Be in For It

Posted by Pete Bouchard

The suspense is building on the social media sites regarding the pending storm for Friday. So I'll cut to the chase.

I think it's time to prepare for the biggest storm since December 26th and 27th of 2010. For the snow hounds, your ship might have finally come in.

Here's why I think we may be in for it.

1) All this cold (for several times now this winter) and we don't have anything to show for it? Our luck has to run out sooner or later. I think this storm is the one.

2) Climatologically, this is the part of winter that features the biggest snowstorms. (See the Blizzard of '78...'nuff said.)

3) Regardless of whether the two jet streams come together, there is a tremendous amount of energy shooting into the storm. This alone should account for a strong storm center and subsequent heavy snow.

4) Typically our major snow events "creep" up on us. When the weather maps say you'll get it a week out, usually they're wrong. When they show it slowly evolving over the course of a few days, it usually pans out.

5) We've had this kind of potential in weeks past. Cold was in place, but the major lacking ingredient was moisture. With its origins "deep in the heart of Texas" and a pass through the Deep South, this storm has it.

I still bear the scars from earlier forecast flubs, so I'm hesitant to call this a blizzard. There are very few hallowed storms that fit that mold, and the title should not be used loosely. In fact, most blizzards aren't named until AFTER the event. I'll let that subject be until we are closer to Friday.

Snowfall amounts will teeter on either side of a foot, so this is hardly snowmageddon. Let's just all take a deep breath and hold off on the bread and milk for now. Two years ago, this was a run-of-the-mill storm.

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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