Chris Lambert

Feast or Famine

Posted by Chris Lambert

Before today, it seemed like we'd been in a stretch of weather where some towns couldn't buy a good storm by Mother Nature in order to water the lawns and gardens.  Well, that change earlier today, for my lawn included.  

As a piece of upper-level energy came through our stifling humidity and unstable air mass, thunderstorms erupted near and south of the Mass Pike this morning.  Since the mid and upper level winds that steer these storms were weak, the storm motion was slow, and a tremendous amount of rain unloaded on many towns.  Natick picked up nearly 5" of rain, and many surrounding towns were in the 2-4" range.  Considering much of it fell within a couple hours, there was nowhere for all the water to go, and flooded out roadways and parking lots became an issue. 

Since then, the storm activity has dwindled to just a few isolated downpours and we've even seen breaks of sun.  If fact, at times, it's turned out to be a good beach day from Cape Ann to the Seacoast of NH to the shores of York, Ogunquit and Wells Maine.  Throw Nantucket in that category too. (One of those days that give meteorologist grey hairs as it's beach weather in one town and floods in another)

So where do we go from here?  Monday and Tuesday feature more scattered downpours as batches of showers and storm fire across Southern New England.  Some storms could contain strong winds, but with the atmosphere loading with water vapor, heavy rain is the most widespread threat.  It won't rain the whole time, we'll catch a few dry hours here and there, but if today was any indication, you know a couple hours of rain can cause quite the mess.

Behind the front that sparks Tuesday's storms, lower humidity moves in for Wednesday.   More comfortable weather lingers through the rest of the week.

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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