Chris Lambert

Shades of 1969

Posted by Chris Lambert

We entered February, 1969, with only 6.4" of snow all winter in Boston.  That month, more than made up for a lackluster winter.  The February 24-27th, 1969 storm brought in 26.3" of snow to Boston, which still stands as the 3rd biggest snowstorm in the city's history.  Aside from that storm, we had another 15" fall that month, giving us 41.3" of snow in the short month of February alone!

It's a great example of how one storm can make or break a winter, and it's safe to say this one made it.  Boston's now had 35.6" of snow this winter... avg. to date is 26.7".  Worcester has had a whopping 63.5" compared to an average of 39.4".   In all fairness to this winter, it hasn't been as pathetic as last winter, especially just outside the city.  Worcester was near normal before this storm, and many suburbs had picked up about 20-25" throughout the winter to date, just a bit below the averages.

So what lies ahead?  Tough to say if we'll see a couple more decent storms this month for sure, but models indicate an active pattern across the eastern half the country continues the next few weeks, so the potential is there.

Blizzard conditions hit MN and ND today, but that storm will be mostly rain for us.   We'll start off as a bit of sleet and freezing rain mid to late morning tomorrow before transitioning over to plain rain.  I don't expect a lot of rain, about 1/2", but it will weigh down that snow.  If you have a flat or low pitch roof, and it has a lot of snow on it, it's not a bad idea to know some of it off.  Also, clear the gutters and drainage areas around the house or in front of your house.

I don't expect severe flooding issues with this rain.  It would be more of an issue if we had 2" of rain and temps in the 50s vs the low 40s.  That set-up would cause more snow to melt rapidly. 

It's going to be a long few days of cleaning up ahead.  Hats off to the road crews .  You've done a great job so far in an immense challenge.  It's not often that most of the state picks up 20-30" of snow.

Stay safe!

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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