Pete Bouchard

Like A Waterfall

Posted by Pete Bouchard

If you were caught in those 'cloudbursts' today, you had more than you could handle in the rain department. Torrents fell in a short amount of time - what we deem 'flash flooding' in the weather biz. Since it happens suddenly, the National Weather Service has adopted the acronym TADD:

As we're finding in this wet June, it's timely advice. Oddly, more people perish in flash flooding situations than in any other severe weather hazard (yes, that includes tornadoes and hurricanes). Thankfully, we aren't as prone to flash floods as they are in the intermountain west, but keep out of that fast-moving water!

Thankfully drier days are ahead. After that drubbing of rain, Boston has moved into 4th place for the wettest Junes of all-time:

Note the company we're keeping. We rank up there with the likes of 2006 (ugh..deluge from Mother's Day on!) and 1998, when it just simply would not stop raining for a minute. Note also that 2009 isn't in the mix. Those were wet times all around Boston, but not necessarily in the city itself. July went on to bodyslam us with nearly 7" of rain, giving it the dubious distinction of 'the year without a summer'.

But this is about the forecast, not the hindcast. It's time to turn off the faucet. And I'm here to tell you that the next 5 days look dry and summery! There is a slight chance of a pop-up afternoon storm on both Saturday and Sunday, but the odds are a measly 30% - not worthy of the raindrop on the extended forecast.

Temperatures will slowly return to summertime levels in the days ahead. Tomorrow will be the 'coolest'  (low 70s) with the northeast breeze. As the air is dry, you may need a long sleeve or a sweatshirt near the coast tomorrow evening if you'll be stepping out. Other than that, it's shorts and t-shirts right through the 7 day forecast.

'Bout time!


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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