Pete Bouchard

Spring Springs

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Door closed on the sunshine today. As a result, our highs only flirted with 40 degrees. Meh on that, but the big news of the day is...

...it's spring!

We officially started the 1st day of meteorological spring. Astronomical spring (the part where the sun crosses the equator into our hemisphere) won't start until March 20th. Nonetheless, it's a time to reflect back on a very lopsided winter in Boston:


Dec-Jan

Snowless and mild. Precipitation was above normal in December, but it was our 7th driest January on record

Feb

We hit the wall. Snow hit us hard and the temperatures dropped to almost 2° below normal.

Overall, the winter was above normal by almost 2 degrees, and our precipitation was almost 2" above normal with snowfall almost 10" above normal (10th snowiest in Worcester!).

Suffice it to say the drought we were in from late 2011 to Jan of this year is in full retreat. That's not to say we'll stay wet, but certainly the reservoirs, ponds and lakes are running much higher now. If you want to crunch the numbers yourself, click here.

Onto the weekend. Ready for a...

..lot of clouds? Upper level low pressure system will plague us with lots of gray and a few opportunities for a shower or snowshower. Highs make it to the low 40s each day. Kinda blah, very much early spring-like.

Long range...hmmmm...how do I spin this looming threat for a (massive) nor'easter? Glancing shot? Direct hit? Well, they're all possibilities at this point. Most of the weather models push it off the Mid Atlantic far south of us. Still, I'm leary (no relation to Worcester's native son): very few of these types of storms sail out to sea without a visit to New England. And, as stated in last night's blog, storms of this nature rarely show direct hits 5-7 days in advance. They typically creep into the forecast picture over the course of days. There have been some weather maps in the last 24hrs. that DO show us getting hit, but then they back off again. It's this kind of 'noise' that makes me nervous. There are important milestones ahead, so stay in tune to the weekend forecasts with Chris!!

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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