Pete Bouchard

Turning The Tables

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Low sun angle = cold high temperatures.

After the first frost/freeze of the season at Logan Airport this morning, highs barely made the 40s. This was the coldest day since spring...and we've only just begun.


But before we talk about snowstorms, a frigid yuletide and the like, we get another opportunity to warm things up.

Gargantuan high pressure will (begrudgingly) slip offshore in the coming days, turning the wind to the southwest with time. These days, you can't just snap your fingers and whip up a warmup. It's almost a work in progress: mornings moderate first, afternoon sun works on it for a couple of days, then you're in the warmer air. Obviously, the sun angle has a lot to do with it.

So give it a bit to gather steam. By Thursday, we'll be right in the mid 60s, with a couple of showers scooting by on the heels of another cool front. This front will shove another batch of cold air into New England for the weekend.

Still haven't established a pattern for the winter. We know there's some cold, but it seems the storms are lacking...bigtime. A more active pattern could evolve in the coming weeks, but I'm really not sold on it. Major blocking is lacking in the high latitudes, so any storms that form will be missing the high-octane elements we've seen in years past.

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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