Pete Bouchard

On The Dry End of a Block

Posted by Pete Bouchard

We've been lucky this spring. Sure, it's been a little chilly...and gray...but there hasn't been a lot of rain or flooding. In fact, since March 1st, we're almost 3 1/2 inches in the hole! Pretty telling.

In the meantime, the High Plains, Midwest and parts of the South have seen their fair share of rain and a heavy spring runoff. It's a HUGE about-face after last year's devastating drought. In fact, it's the second time in the last 4 years they've gone from feast to famine. Thanks to climate change, water levels have been fluctuating on the Mississippi like a busy day on Wall Street.

Back home, our stretch of dry weather will continue. Storms and showers are staying away thanks to a strong block across the Northeast and Southeast Canada. Imagine this as a big boulder in the stream, diverting water all around it. Same goes in the atmosphere. Wet weather is being steered into to the Plains, the South and Mid Atlantic. We aren't necessarily warm and toasty however, thanks to the cool winds off the ocean.

Speaking of, the temperatures may dip a little towards week's end. A stronger breeze, a cooler airmass, and we may find ourselves in the upper 50s and low 60s by Friday afternoon. Rest assured, the weekend will see a warmup.

Next up...humidity? Might have to break out the Frizz Factor next week as the first batch of muggy air makes a run at New England.

Could summer be far behind?

Pete


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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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