Pete Bouchard

Just Getting Warmed Up

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Today was a start, but oddly enough, we were only 2 degrees above normal. That's how cold we've been in New England since the start of the month (4.4 below normal).

We're not stopping at the low 40s, however. Soaring temperatures are the word into the weekend. I was hesitant to plug 50s into the forecast until I saw some of the weather maps bring 60s to our towns and cities by Sunday:

I'm not gung-ho over 60s on the South Shore, but certainly as the snowpack dwindles, it will be easier to make mid and upper 50s over bare ground.

The other issue with the warmup: the fog. How thick will it be? Like this:

Dense makes sense considering that we have unseasonably warm air over the snowpack. If we're lucky and we get a good breeze, we could see the fog physically forming and wafting off the snow! If that happens, it could literally decimate the snowpack in a matter of hours, since the fog grows directly at the expense of the snow. (Some math in there that I'll omit.)

Overall, I'm still thinking a brown Christmas next week. Unfortunately for snow lovers, the only place we'll see the white stuff is in a snow globe.

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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