Chris Lambert

Burst of Wind & Rain

Posted by Chris Lambert

Tough day watching the severe weather unfold in the Midwest as tornadoes devastated some towns.  As of 6:00PM, there have been at least 65 reports of tornadoes, most in Indiana and Illinois.  The National Weather Service will survey the damage in the coming days, but from what it appears, some of these were at least EF3 or EF4 tornadoes.  To get damage to the extent that we're seeing in pictures and video, winds need to be at least somewhere in the 150-175mph range.

For us, this same system/cold front moves in tomorrow morning.  It'll be in a weaker state, but still capable of producing strong wind gusts and bursts of heavy rain.  The timing of the worst for us is in the 4:00-9:00AM period as downpours, gusty winds and thunder roll in.  Outside 495, it tends to be in the 4:00-6:00AM timeframe, and in 6:00-8:00AM timeframe closer to Boston and up to 9:00AM over the Cape.  The Storm Prediction Center out of Oklahoma does have us in a slight risk for severe weather in regards to damaging wind gusts (58mph+) for tomorrow morning thanks to very strong winds just above the surface.  The strongest storms do have a chance to mix down those higher winds to produce that 58+mph gust, but it's more the exception than the rule . Most towns see wind gusts in the 35-45mph and a quick 0.25-0.50" of rain.  We'll still guard against that potential higher gust, and certainly pass along any warnings that come out.   

Overall, it's a quick hitting system, but does time out to snarl up the Monday morning commute. 

Temps are warm tomorrow morning, mid 60s, before falling into the mid 50s in the afternoon.  Colder air builds in at night and sticks with us for a few days.     

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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