Chris Lambert

Interesting Afternoon

Posted by Chris Lambert

With tropical moisture in place, instability in the atmosphere and a bit of spin to it, it certainly was an interesting afternoon with tornado warnings popping north and west of the Boston area.  While it appears that no tornadoes touched down in our area (as of this 6PM writing), significant rotation of a few of the storms created what looks to be a wall cloud near Lynn and a weather spotter reported a funnel cloud from the thunderstorm near Danvers (per The Weather Channel).  Also, scattered reports of tree damage from win has come in.

In Windsor Locks, CT, a tornado did touch from 1:30-1:35PM, max winds were estimated at 86mph and the path length was 2.5miles.  Also, the possibility of a microburst or tornado is being looked at in Agawam, MA.

Rain was another story with a quick 1-2" of rain creating street flooding and commute problems.  1-2" of rain isn't necessary a problem in a storm over a day, but when it falls in 30 or 45 minutes, it's just too much too fast.

So where do we go from here?  Scattered showers remain overnight, but they won't be as intense.

The set-up for tomorrow looks to provide another active day as the same ingredients are almost in the same spots.  I say almost, because it looks like wind shear (change of speed/direction with height) could be less.  That'll decrease the chance of rotating storms, but we still have to keep an eye on it.  Locally heavy rain is once again an issue.

Wednesday, storms are scattered in the afternoon, but we start the transition to more stability with storms becoming fewer and farther between on The Fourth and into the weekend as temps near 90.

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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