Pete Bouchard

Riding The Storm Out

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Hard to find a place to start with this storm. I'll say that I'm both surprised and befuddled by what's been unfolding across Southern New England this evening.

First off the amounts. Nothing short of amazing!

Some got into that lull we were anticipating. Others never saw a pause and have been snowing straight through since early morning. Big disparity. Big, fluffy flakes thanks to the ocean effect. (Similar to lake effect off the Great Lakes, but ours comes off the ocean.)

Without creating new bands and messing up the map, we simply put arrows where the jackpots will be:

I'm seeing the gaps close on our radar thanks to the second (and final) phase of this storm. This should focus the heavy snow bands and "ocean effect" to the South Shore as the winds pivot around to the north in the middle atmosphere. This will make up for lost time (snow) and boost your amounts closer to the range above.

Second and certainly not the least is the cold. Temperatures have dropped 10-15 degrees in Greater Boston this afternoon as the arctic air has punched through on a north wind. This is creating wind chills in the teens below zero and prompted a Wind Chill Advisory across parts of Central Mass/NH/Maine. Can't stress it enough: stay warm when you're shoveling. The air is very dry, so be sure to stay hydrated!

Cold will deepen tomorrow night with many spots - Boston included falling below zero (without the wind chill). Deep cold will give up by Saturday afternoon.

Coastal flooding remains a threat to the east/northeast facing beaches and shore roads. Expect significant beach erosion throughout the storm. Greatest threats for flooding remains in Sandwich tomorrow around noon:

Updates through the night.

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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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