Pete Bouchard

No Grinning, Just Bearing

Posted by Pete Bouchard

In summer that some thought would be lost to cool temperatures and wet weather, we certainly have turned the tide.

With a noontime reading of 93° in Boston, we officially made it to our third heat wave of the season. In Worcester, the airport also reached a milestone: the 1st 90° reading of the season (although it has been in the 90s downtown).

All around New England, folks are melting. In Boston, we're on day 3 of a 7 day stretch of 90 or better. This is a looong heat wave, but not the longest in Boston's history:

As you can see, three day heatwaves are as common as subfreezing temps in winter (OK, almost as common), but to get a 6-9 day heatwave is exceptional. Last time we had a seven day heatwave was in August of 1988. That's not saying much, as the summer of 2002 saw an 8-day spell of 90 or better. (BTW, that was a SUPER hot year. We also saw our earliest 90 in April and latest 90 in October.)

But enough of the past, what about the future? We know we're in it to win it for the next four days, so how about some soothing afternoon storms? We beseech thee to come!

Careful what you wish for. Any storms will be teeming with water and create intense downpours. In addition, the cooling will be short-lived and humidity will climb once they pass. (Man, did I just squash any hope of relief or what?) Regardless, they're in the forecast: hit and miss tomorrow and Thursday, better chance Friday and very likely by Saturday afternoon.

Bona-fide relief is coming Saturday night. Until then, hydrate, cool down in the A/C and let the heat wave roll.


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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