Pete Bouchard

Winter's Welcome Wagon

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Welcome to December. The first month of the meteorological winter, and the second of the solar winter (3 of each, just like the astronomical seasons). We got a taste of things to come on Sunday morning with the icing across much of interior Southern New England. I'm thinking this may be a sign of things to come this year with much less emphasis on snow.

It's a forecast I see playing out with some consistency in the next 7-10 days. Reason being, is a fast moving jetstream developing by middle of the week:

Note that core of 180mph winds screaming through Chicago. Needless to say, that will be moving weather systems around pretty fast. That also means that just as soon as the cold moves in, the upper atmosphere will be conspiring to move it out. There's very little time to establish any kind of airmass for an extended period of time. And sure enough, that's just what we see in the extended forecast with the cold and the warm seemingly leapfrogging through the next 7-10 days. In the process, everytime they overlap, we're stuck in the middle.

Now I'm not saying we're in this pattern for the rest of the winter. It's just favoring this pattern for the first half. It also creates massive timing issues for the extended period. A fast jetstream can mean a storm starts or ends 6-12 hours before/after we think it might. Needless to say, don't take the extended forecast as gospel.  I know, I know, it's not like you do, but in this case, tread with caution.

And check back often.


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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