Pete Bouchard

Brace Yourselves

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Chilly rainshowers - all beneficial - cruised through New England this morning. We're about finished up this evening - with the exceptiong of a few straggling sprinkles into the early evening.

Now the cold.

While we can't avoid it this weekend, it's not a sudden shift to the arctic air. A sharp cold front will cross in the early morning hours tomorrow, but it takes until late day/evening for the core of cold air in the UPPER atmosphere to shift over us:

 

(See the white lines dip over New England? Brrr...)

Once that is established, the wind will do the rest. Gusts of 30-40 throughout Sunday in the arctic air...as wind chills hold in the single digits and teens...including the Pats' game.

Then as quickly as it came in, the cold swings out. Some slight moderation in temperatures is expected early next week as we wait for a coastal storm to make its move by midweek.

As it stands, I'm leaning towards a wet - not white - forecast for this one. That's not to say that everyone gets off scott-free in New England. The storm track would dictate that the rain/snow line would hover near the Brattleboro/Keene line. Northwest of that, it could be hammer time.

Elsewhere, however, temperatures should stay above freezing...just barely.

This temp map underscores the volatility of the situation. Note that we're only slightly above freezing northwest of I-95. Of course, this could change, but the premise is that the line will be sharp...and therefore the forecast jumpy. It's worth noting that the consensus of our myriad of weather maps shows us predominately rain across Southern New England at this time. Which is why I have the drops under Wednesday's cloud on the 7 day instead of flakes. Suspense will build in the coming days, so stay tuned for updates with me and Chris.

Have a nice 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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