Pete Bouchard

Gaming The System

Posted by Pete Bouchard

So what did you think?

How would you rate today's weather? 5? 6? 7 out of 10? Hope you liked it, because today's weather was essentially a dress rehearsal for the next 6 days.

It's the nature of the beast here folks. A deep tropical connection is setting up on the East Coast, and the focus for occasional downpours will be from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. We'll play the sun-cloud-storm game, and try to flesh out the dry times in the next few days.

First up: the weekend. Hmmm..how do I spin it? Not washed out, but not ideal either. (Location is important too.) The short take on it is that each day will feature a little sun, a lot of scat'd downpours and storms and plenty of humidity. The threat for wet weather is all day Saturday and mostly Sunday afternoon. Timing these storms/downpours is difficult at best, so keep your interactive radar nearby and mind the skies.

Any one of these storms could put down a tremendous amount of rain. Here's a picture of one such downpour that got out of hand in Western Mass. this evening:

The issue here is "training", whereby storms form a long 'train' of rain and hammer a very localized spot with downpours. This particular storm dumped over 2-4" of rain in a short amount of time, prompting flash flood warnings throughout the Connecticut River Valley and Western Worcester County. Rainfall rates during the height of the storm were up to 6-7" per hour!!

Needless to say, if you get caught up in one of these, you're going to get wet. Keep an eye to the sky and make do this weekend.

Pete


I've often harped about June being a wet summer month, but I now have some numbers to back my claim. Data from the Blue Hill Observatory show that since 1998, we average a wet (sometimes record-setting) June approximately every 2-3 years!

Bottom line: maybe it's best to wait until July-September to take that vacation.

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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