Chris Lambert

Tropical Air Mass

Posted by Chris Lambert

Ever been to Florida in the summer?  If you have, you know one thing's for sure, when it rains, it pours.  With a tropical connection to moisture across New England, sky high humidity and quite a bit of instability, we'll see Florida-like downpours at times.  You also know, a good portion of a summer's day can also be dry despite the occasional torrent of rain.

So how would I rate this weekend?  The answer to that question is tricky.  Take yesterday for example.  We had quite a bit of sunshine for many in the afternoon, but some towns in the western half of the state picked up 2-4" of rain!  So location is everything it determining how your day is with the hit and miss storms. Clearly when it hits, it hits hard, in fact, we've already seen 1-2" of rain with a thunderstorm that rocked the Cape this morning. 

In terms of the timing of storms today, early morning breaks yield to a few scattered showers mid to late morning for many. Then more breaks early this afternoon before more scattered storms develop.  The higher threat of stronger storms this afternoon tends to favor near and outside 495.  With that said, bottom line, you'll get dry hours in through the day for a cookout, or a ballgame, but be prepared to duck these storms once and awhile.  Check our 7Weather App if you want a handy radar on your phone.

It's a rinse and repeat for Sunday. Then higher rain chances Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday through Friday feature hazy sun, clouds and the occasional storm, but we'll get our dry hours in too.  Humidity stays sky high all week with dew points running close to 70 degrees.

Where will we rank after this weekend in terms of wettest Junes?  Right now, Boston is in 3rd place this year with over 10" of rain (10.32"), the rainiest June on record was 1982 with 13.20".  We'd need a tropical downpour to sit right over Logan Airport for a couple hours to beat that, so the chance of that is low.  How about 2nd place? That belongs to 1998 with 11.58".  We would need 1.27" to break into the number 2 slot, which is possible if a few storms line up over the city.

Stay dry, stay cool and have a good weekend!

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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