Pete Bouchard

Warding Off The Storms

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Typically in April, we're doused with up to 3 1/2 inches of rain in Boston, and just under 4 in Worcester. There are some years, however, that we receive tons more, or just a fraction of that.

This may be a fractional year. So far we've picked up just over an inch and a third...and there isn't any in the forecast for tomorrow. Why has it been so dry? And why are we so confident in the rain-free forecast?

Well, we've dodged a number of big rain events here in town (Cape was deluged but only a few cents here in Greater Boston), and the new pattern emerging is all about keeping us dry. It's what we call a block, and if there's any time when forecast confidence runs high, it's when we're in this kind of situation. We can see out for several days to a week, and as long as the block stays overhead, we stay dry.

Cooling sea breezes will rule in this setup. Along with a reinforcing shot of cool air (that comes to us from the Maritime Provinces), the numbers will actually fall late week. But take heart, there is a warmup heading into the weekend, and perhaps a touch of summer in the long range.

Until then, you may want to think abou dragging the garden hose out...especially if you have sandy - or easily draining - soil.


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:


*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'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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