Pete Bouchard

Stick A Fork In...

Posted by Pete Bouchard

It was neat to see the prelude to the storm yesterday. The wind-up and the initial phase of the storm were all too familiar: clouds roll in, wind picks up, coastal storm inches closer...

..but this time, the flakes didn't fly. It was as if some swift-moving hand stopped the whole process and shoved the storm out to sea.

That "hand" would be the blocking jetstream that has also been responsible for all the snow for the past two months. Guess it figured we had enough, eh?

Well, like JR, I'm ready to call it a winter. The pattern is relaxing, the temperatures are moderating, and Old Man Winter is hanging up his shovel and coat. Sure, we may still see some flakes and cold, but as far as tracking a nor'easter with my buds JR and Chris? Naaaa. I know what you're thinking though. Last time I said that (in late Jan./early Feb.), we were hammered with feet of snow. But in my defense, the tweet was taken out of context. For the record, I said, "If we don't get a storm in the next couple of weeks, you can stick a fork in winter." Everyone seems to forget the first part.

So what to do? Find the next 80-degree day?

Don't have that in sight.

70? Nope. Nowhere near that either.

How about 60?

Hmm...that I might be able to oblige. There's a chance next Monday!

In the short-term, the air is still cold upstairs. That's what's keeping us from really seeing the temperatures soar. Each afternoon through Friday, we have a shot at a pop-up shower or sprinkle. And yes, if you live at a higher elevation across Worcester County or Southwestern New Hampshire, there could be some wet snowflakes/grauple (partially melted snowflake) or small sleet pellets.

Normal temperatures this time of year are arouind 49 in Boston, and that's just where I'll keep my temperatures into the holiday 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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