Pete Bouchard

Eyes to The Skies

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Whew. The asteroid is moving away, the meteors have stopped falling and we're realizing how close to came to sudden impact. A mere 17,000 miles separated us from this chunk of space rock. Some astronomers are quietly speculating (now that the threat for public panic has passed) that those meteors in Russia this morning MAY have once been a part of the asteroid at one time. Perhaps, they say, in its last approach to Earth, the gravitational pull caused some fragments to break off the asteroid and put them on a collision course with Earth. Sounds plausible...I mean, you really think it was coincidence???

Now back to ground level. Nice one today, eh? Sun boosted us to 50 and 51 in some spots! But reality is setting in for the weekend. Colder temperatures and a foray into the snow...again.

Before you get in a huff, remember what the February sun has done to the snowpack thus far. We managed to obliterate well over half of our snow in less than a week.

Now back to the timing on this storm:

  • Light snow/mix/light rain will pester us from daybreak to early afternoon tomorrow. Roads will be wet, and accumulations will be light.
  • We'll have a pause late tomorrow afternoon before the snow cranks up late tomorrow evening and into the night. This is where we get 90% of our accumulation.
  • Snow will still be around on Sunday morning, but it'll be light and wind-blown.
  • Event ends mid Sunday AM.
  • Highest amounts will be on Cape Cod, where ocean-effect (similar to Lake Effect) will contribute to the accumulations.
  • Temps plummet overnight on Saturday into the low 20s & only recover to the mid 20s Sunday. Gusty winds on Sunday will give us wind chills in the single digits!

After this, things will settle down for the short term, but we're still in an active pattern, so I can't exactly say this is the finish line in terms of snow.

Make it a good weekend!

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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