Pete Bouchard

Cooldown of Sorts

Posted by Pete Bouchard

In this blocking pattern, oddities abound. Take for instance the upper-level steering. Our systems are now coming from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. So instead of tracking storms from NY and PA, I'm looking at the likes of Halifax and Fredricton - both maritime climates (heavy foreshadowing here).

So what's in the pipeline? A cool batch of air zipping down along the Maine coastline. We've had our eyes on it for a few days now. It's on track to sweep through late tomorrow, and although it looks to pass through with nothing more than a sprinkle in Western Mass, it will promise to drop the temperatures late day. We're not talking about a simple sea breeze here. This cooldown will be marked by a stiff northeast wind and a drop of 10-15 degrees by evening. So after a nice, rosy high of 65 or 66, Boston will crumble to the low 50s by 7-8 pm. Brr...

After a cool (maritime-like) high of only 60 on Friday, the temperatures will recover by the weekend. And we'll stay high and dry. Speaking of, things are getting kind of dry in some places. Trees and shrubs are budding, lawns are greening and they're all looking for water. I don't have any of that coming from our Maritime friends to the northeast, but there may be a shot next week.

In the meantime, it might be wise to dig out the hose.

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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