Pete Bouchard

Focus On The Light

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Sun was back today. Helped to get us near freezing in most spots, but it still feel well short of the normal high of

43°

uh, really? Yeah, really. 

So it's all about the sun in the coming days - with a side order of arctic air.

Thankfully, we never really get imbedded into the heart of this airmass, only dance near the edge. For that reason, we will still manage to crack the 20s in the coming days. In fact, the arctic air may peel back enough to help us get near freezing on Friday. (That's a major feat in this pattern.) Still, the sun will be dominating and the all will be quiet. It's in stark contrast to all the anticipation and anxiety waiting around the corner.

Few questions that we need to answer in regards to the weekend storm (if this is the first you're hearing of it, grab a cup of joe and gather 'round the monitor):

  1. How much arctic air remains? Thinking now is that some of it will give way, allowing for changeover issues and compounding snowfall totals. (For that reason, I'm not giving any yet.)
  2. Will the storm wimper out and curl underneath the arctic air? Kind of goes hand-in-hand with the above question...with the same outcome: holding back on snow amounts.
  3. Given all the above, I'm thinking this is NOT a blockbuster, nor is it a nor'easter. Potential still exists for 6+" of snow where it doesn't change over...and at this point, that favors points near the Pike and west of Rt. 1. Best explained in this graphic:

 

and this one too:

That's about all I have for now. Not holding back on anything, and there's no "inside scoop" to give. As they say, "it is what it is." Hardly the last word on the storm, so you know what to do.

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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