Pete Bouchard

Spring Mode

Posted by Pete Bouchard

If the fact that the last storm was predominately rain didn't tell you winter's on its last leg, then the next storm might. We'll have just enough time to catch our breath before the next storm fills our catch basins with water.

First off, the melting.

More in store tomorrow as the temperatures rise into the upper 30s to low 40s. I'm not crazy about a lot of blue sky, because mid level clouds will still be around. Then, later in the day, the clouds will arrive from the next storm system.

Which is still stewing across the Deep South. The main part of this storm will move up the Eastern Seaboard and arrive very late Tuesday night - or the wee hours of Wednesday morning. It'll start as rain (with some random wet snowflakes that melt on contact) around Greater Boston, and some wet snow Metrowest that may put down a coating.


We'll have our greatest chance for accumulation across Worcester county as the cold holds on long enough for a general 1-3 in the low elevations or 3-4 in higher elevations near 1000 ft. But even here, mild air will snuff out the snow and bring in the rain by mid/late AM.

The bottom line: we can't deny the strong ENE and ESE wind. It will have a 'fetch' of mild air that will extend hundreds of miles off Cape Cod. This will peel back what little cold air exists across Southern New England. For all snow, you have to go north of Keene and Concord, NH. (And yes, the mountains of Northern New England will do quite well in this storm.)

That said, clean out those storm drains and prepare for a serious dose of rain. Some places could come out with 1" of water by the time the storm tapers to drizzle and sprinkles by Wednesday evening.

The storm will linger in the upper atmosphere for a day or so before we sneak the sun back here on Friday.

After this stormy spell, I'm putting this in boldface: the pattern will slow down into the weekend and much of next week. Sunny, seasonable weather will be the mainstay.

And yes, I plan on catching up on some sleep.

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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