Pete Bouchard

Summer in October

Posted by Pete Bouchard

If today's warm temperatures didn't get your attention, then maybe this summer-like Severe T-Storm Watch did:

A squall line - more typical of mid summer - is marching east tonight. Gusty winds and torrential downpours will hammer Greater Worcester from 7-8 and Greater Boston by 8-9pm. There may be some localized, brief flooding as the storms move through. Reason for the strong wind gusts? Thunderstorms are like playground slides. They can transport high level winds down to the ground (just like a kid on the slide).

When the wind is strong enough, we get microbursts like the image above shows. Conditions are favorable for these microbursts, but if they do occur, they should be very isolated.

Winds outside of the storms have created damage too. From Chelsea to Lowell tree branches and wires have been taken down by gusts of 40+ mph. Hold onto the steering wheel tonight!

What's remarkable is how these storms are monopolizing the wind. Once they pass - within 30-40 min. mind you - the wind almost shuts down completely. Expect that after 9-10 tonight (8-9 in Worcester). Rest of the night will see quieter weather with decreasing clouds.

By tomorrow, there will be no sign of wind, storms or clouds. Sun's back, the weather is mellow and the temperatures seasonable.

We'll have updates as necessary.


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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