Pete Bouchard

Take the Good, Take the Bad

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Rain, rain, rain...

...but for many today was a day of hurry up and wait. Sure there were showers, but not every minute was washed out. With the events unfolding tonight, that's about to change.

Perhaps you saw this ominous sky on the South Shore this afternoon:

(Thanks to @beachgirl373)

Had folks in a frenzy. Looked like a tornado was about to form and the sky was about to fall. But it was merely a batch of cold air moving through. Right after, the temperatures dropped a good 15 degrees!

And the table was set. Next up, a coastal storm will be forming overnight. That will draw all the rain together and fill in the gaps in the radar. It also means that we'll be seeing up to 1-2 MORE inches of rain areawide through tonight and tomorrow.

Dandy.

Wait 'til I get started.

As cold air is drawn into the storm Saturday night, some of the higher elevations of Worcester county will see some wet snowflakes mix in with the rain. Preposterous? You bet. Impossible? Not quite.

First off, we're not talking accumulations here. (But the mere mention of flakes can draw outrage from some folks.) We're talking about snowflakes mixing with raindrops. And all it takes is...

1) A strong coastal storm (mini nor'easter).

Check

2) A batch of unseasonably cold air.

Check

3) Temps in the upper 30s

Check (Saturday Night)

What may be lacking is strong uplift in the storm, but with such a mighty low pressure at sea, I'm not thinking this will be difficult to overcome.

Anyway, time to talk about the sun returning on Sunday...which it will by afternoon. We're not going to see the temperatures skyrocket, however. Still in the upper 50s. And a few more scattered showers early and late.

Monday's the prize winner of the three. Sun, good breeze, dry air. Highs near 70. We'll take it.

And finally on this Memorial Day weekend eve, take a moment to reflect on all those that gave their lives in service to our country. Heroes are all around us in the armed services, but there are far more that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Be safe and watch for motorcycles and pedestrians!

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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