Pete Bouchard

Good Deal This Weekend

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Cooool start this AM. Bedford, Lunenburg, and Pepperell all came in at 38° !

The recovery was slow and steady this afternoon. We made it to around 70 thanks to the wall-to-wall sun. Speaking of, the next two days aren't as bright, but they certainly will have a good supply of sun (Saturday more than Sunday).

There is a tiny shower threat on Sunday morning as a(nother) cool front passes. In its wake is another batch of cool air - and what looks to be the final one for a while. After a stellar Monday (that looks exactly like today), a summer-like warmup is in store later in the week. 

Sidebar time.

In the tropics, things have been unusually quiet. Our season can be summed up in one of two ways: storms that form and fade, or others that limp along and never reach hurricane status. In fact, if we go another six days, we'll break a record for the latest date for a hurricane to form - since the advent of satellite tracking in 1967.

This has been a perplexing issue in research circles. A lot of the big guns (Bill Gray & Phil Klotzbach at CSU) have been left scratching their heads. All the ingredients have been in place for an active season: El Nino is absent, the water temperatures are all above normal, and there is no high level wind shear to shred the storms.

One possible explanation has been Saharan Dust. It's the archenemy of developing tropical systems and the sole reason for a two week hiatus in storms in late August. Another is time and place. Where the tropical systems have formed this season, they've been cannabalized by other weather systems and/or drown out by sinking air nearby.

Will it change? Probably so. In the coming weeks we'll be nearing peak season, and, like in the stock market, past performance is not an indicator of future results.

Enjoy the weekend.

Pete

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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