Pete Bouchard

Winter...What Else?

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Tonight, I have my own Silver Linings Playbook: it may be snowing, but we're missing the bigger storm offshore. If we had a direct hit from that tonight, Jeremy and Chris would accompany me on the set, and the newsies would be in a froth over storm coverage. Instead, we all get a good night's sleep, and the morning commute looks fine (maybe some slush southern end of 495/Rts 3&24). Here's why:


Chilly air will follow tomorrow, and although I can't promise a lot of sun, we'll still do some melting. The weekend is chilly too...and with more sun we'll get more wind. The upper atmosphere remains cold, and when you heat the ground with sun it causes the air to blow. More sun = stronger wind.

Monday's still on my radar for a potential nor'easter. I'm not giving up on this. The jetstream looks right, the cold is in place, but so far the weather maps keep the storm south of us. Could be they sense the block up over Greenland steering it away. Not buying it...yet.

So I had a weather epiphany this morning. After looking at the long range (10 day) outlook and realizing the pattern still wasn't showing signs of breaking, I noticed that the cold certainly was eroding. So, after some thought, I figured this: we may not break the cold/snow by sheer pattern change, but by seasonal change. Simply, the cold will slowly decay by means of longer days and stronger sun. It may not be the quickest way out, but at this point, it's probably the only way.

That's my thinking today at least. We'll see if it holds water (or snow) in a week.

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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