Pete Bouchard

Dry Days Are Numbered

Posted by Pete Bouchard

These are some prize winning days, eh? I walked the Rose Kennedy Greenway

this afternoon, soaking in the sun and admiring the folks playing pianos (Elton John). Highs crested near 80 again, but clouds were sneaking in all afternoon. Showers were still a good distance from Mass, however. The closest I could find them was Erie, PA.

Burning question of the night: will they make it in here?

Um, maybe.

But given the fact that this system is feeble and the moisture isn't congregating anywhere, I'll take the Jack Johnson approach: maybe pretty much always means no.

If we see the showers, they will likely be spotty, weak and brief. This is simply a warm front trying to get through, and by Sunday most of the moisture will have been stripped away. Our next hope for a soaking rain is the form of a tropical system.

Meet Karen, a newly formed tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico:

Karen is expected to make landfall on Saturday afternoon near Pensacola, FL. She could become a hurricane just before landfall, but given the amount of sheer (wind changing with height - it shreds tropical systems) and dry air (gobbles up fledgling tropical systems) there is no guarantee.

What we are watching for is the upper level wind. Could it be in the right place at the right time to bring us Karen's remnants? I think it might. And this could be the best of both worlds, Miley. In the midst of this dry spell, a weakened tropical system colliding with an advancing cool front might be just what the doctor ordered.

Timeframe on this is Monday night and perhaps early Tuesday. Timing is still speculative, since the forward speed of the system could change, but I'm confident that SOME moisture gets in here in SOME form. And with the U.S. Drought Monitor now placing parts of New England in "Abnormally Dry" conditions,


we'll take what we can get.

Rays are in town to take on the RED HOT Sox, and while the weather gets more cloudy, the showers will be few and far between.


Play ball and



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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