Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wild Winds, January Is a Wrap. Back to Winter !

We just wrapped up a wild night Wednesday and a wilder early Thursday morning with widespread winds gusting 50-60mph with many locations reporting gust near 70mph or more ! In fact Blue Hills Observatory (elevation 635 ft) reported an unofficial gust to 81mph and was greater than that at any time during Super Storm Sandy back in October and was the worse winds the " Great" hill had experienced since 2006 as a whole. Very Impressive for sure ! All the ingredients had come together as forecast at the perfect time to create the damaging winds with an intense screaming Low Level Jet Stream just above our heads of more than 100mph. Thin convective lines of precipitation swept through the area aiding in bringing some of those gusts in modified form to the surface. Hence all the wildness and constant roars and howling that I’m sure kept many in Southern New England up for a good portion of the night and early morning hours. Accompanied by the winds were some heavy downpours and even some thunder reports in southwest Connecticut and parts of eastern Massachusetts. Many folks saw between a half inch to as much as just over an inch of rain. It was much needed at right at the last second, though many locations if not all will end January well below the norm for the month. Temperature soared ahead of  the winds and rains into the 50’s and 60’s for many. Worcester , Ma. set a NEW daily record high temperature on Wednesday of 56° smashing the old of 53° from 1938, and also set a NEW daily record high Thursday of 59° beating the old of 57° in 1988. Windsor locks in Connecticut also set a daily high Wednesday also of  61° topping the old of 59° set back in 1947 .This January sure was bizarre. I'm not sure in the years I have been doing climate graphs that one has looked quite like this.

All that warmth is now a distant memory as the low pressure that brought the wind, rain and warmth is now over southeast Canada intensifying now to near 950mb !  On the back side, winds are now from the west and or northwest ushering in much colder weather from here on out. We have even seen light snow reported across western Massachusetts and flurries reported throughout other areas of Southern New England Thursday afternoon and evening as some massive Lake Effect Streamers approached and broke off into our region.  Winter is back after a short reprieve for sure.  A weak shortwave passes to our south Friday morning, though the cold blast of drier air keeps most moisture at bay except for a few clouds especially south and east. An Ocean Effect light snow shower may pop up over extreme Outer Cape Cod . Along with also a few higher elevation snow showers for western Massachusetts and the Northwest hills of Litchfield county Connecticut . Other wise Friday is much colder and breezy with highs only reaching in the upper 20’s and 30’s region wide. Saturday looks quiet and again colder again upper 20’s and 30’s expected.

Sunday we watch for a couple scenarios that may develop to bring a light to perhaps moderate worse case  scenario snowfall favoring locations closer to the coast once again. Scenario one: Energy and moisture from an Alberta clipper approaches Sunday afternoon as a new low center forms offshore and once again the potential for an inverted “Norlun” trough becomes established. The location of which would favor a corridor from southwest Connecticut to down east Maine, zoning in near east coastal to northeast Massachusetts and southeast New Hampshire. Or, scenario 2 : The clipper energy swings south and a primary low pressure forms well near or southeast of the 40/70 benchmark and all of central and eastern areas of SNE get brushed by an intensifying coastal storm before it moves off to the northeast into the waters of the eastern Gulf of Maine . Both scenarios at this point favor coastal locations though a trend further west cant be ruled out nor can a complete miss which would not shock me either. A couple more clipper systems swing through/south of us next week also and bear close watching. More updates will be released tomorrow as needed. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed a completely whacky January and are ready for what February has to offer. It has a history of being dramatic at times . Buckle up   ~Anthony

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

*New Blog* Wild Weather Swings Ahead, Rain & Snow !

We certainly have some changing weather over the next seven days or so and it starts with temperatures and in those often fluctuations precipitation is forecast along the way. I will try to sort it all out as best I can in this blog. 
We remain near a boundary this evening separating warmer air to our south and west and colder air to our north, that once again is breaking out light precipitation this eve. Temperatures at the surface are JUST cold enough in some locations to support a bit of Freezing fog, mist or rain.  Others will see just a few cold rain showers and fog. Be aware and cautious of that If you are steeping out this evening as surfaces may be slick.  Towards the morning that boundary (Warm front ) will have lifter north of our region and with a strong Upper level Low deepening well off to our northwest near Quebec Canada, with a strong sharp cold front on its tail . This will send in a strong south/southwest flow ahead of it and temperatures rising into the 40’s towards dawn and rising there beyond until we max near or even over 60° perhaps ! Winds will gradually but surely increase during the day Wednesday peaking late evening with sustained winds 20-35mph and potential gusts 40-50mph inland with some approaching 60mph near the  east, south and southeast shores. For this potential the Nation Weather Service in  Boston has issued a practical region-wide *High Wind Watch* in effect late Wednesday eve and into early Thursday morning. Showers and downpours with a possible rumble of thunder comes through the area Wednesday evening from west to east. 
The potential exists for a half inch of rain to over 1" region wide . Its this convection that will aid in bringing gusts about 5,000 feet near 90 mph down to the surface in modified form. Wind Gusts of this magnitude are certainly capably and likely for scattered tree and wire damage. It would be a great idea to spend a few minutes in the milder, dry air early Wednesday to secure any loose objects that may become fly projectiles and hazardous to others. The showers and downpours end from west to east near dawn Thursday. It will remain breezy especially early Thursday and mild , again early on Thursday before colder air comes in behind the cold front passage from the west and northwest. There is a slight shot of a snow shower Thursday for western Massachusetts . All of our region will see much colder air infiltrate Thursday night and especially during Friday where highs will remain in the 30’s for many. This may set the stage for some addition moisture to ride up the newly settled trough over the northeast and bring a period of snow showers or light snow to our area late Friday afternoon, especially south and over hillier terrains . This again looks moisture starved and not much if anything is expected with this system. Though something to monitor throughout the day Wednesday. Seasonable to even perhaps slightly above seasonable weather returns for Saturday with highs in 30’s to perhaps low 40’s for some. The next system to watch will be  clipper moisture with an Upper Level Low Pressure system coming across the northwestern Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley late Saturday and early Sunday morning. There are indications and have been that at the last minute a new Low forms somewhere near or off the coast of Southern New England early on Sunday creating a potential weak inverted trough once again. Or “Norlun”. This would potentially enhance precipitation along east coastal areas from again anywhere from Cape Cod to Portland Maine.

 It remains simply to early to make a call on amounts or if this even develops, though the potential IS there, I can tell you that. Of course we saw this just a short time ago and we all know the cold arctic air won that battle suppressing most if not all moisture out to sea. This air does not look quite as arctic as the last, so maybe the setup becomes a bit more favorable this time around to bring some accumulating snowfall in here Sunday afternoon and evening. Another potential clipper swings from Alberta and the upper Great lakes  late Monday into Tuesday with potential eyes on Southern New England  ~Anthony

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Back ON The Roller Coaster, Wintry Weather In Transition

Cold Arctic air remains over Southern New England  this weekend, the likes of which have not been seen around here for 4 years for some !  An Upper level Low forms over the northern Great Lakes later on Sunday and is expected to pass well to the north of our area Monday evening. The recent cold will be in place and very stubborn to move, though at the same time warmer air aloft will be oozing in from southwest-northeast. During this transition, precipitation is expected to break out later Monday afternoon in the form of wintry precipitation for most. 
We have seen this overrunning situation on a couple occasions already this winter and this looks very similar and holds to the pattern. Though I cant argue with some data I am seeing that with the timing coming together this could be mostly frozen precipitation and maybe even mostly snow !  Again there is not a great deal of moisture associated with this wave though some locations may squeak out a quarter of an inch to perhaps a few isolated higher amounts.  Once again, this looks very progressive and is long gone by Tuesday dawn. 
Many clouds will be around with perhaps some fog and mist throughout times on Tuesday with temperatures finally rebounding into or near 40° for many.  We catch a brief break as a warm front lifts north of Southern New England through Tuesday afternoon and especially early Wednesday when some locations may approach 50° before we watch a VERY strong cold front waiting back in the wings that will break out downpours and perhaps a rumble of thunder late Wednesday as strong southwest flow develops just ahead of the passage . Wednesday night there could be a fine line and switch to snow especially central and western locations. I see a low chance even of a possible flash freeze with this, which can be extremely dangerous especially for motorist caught out at the wrong place in the wrong time. Its something to keep an eye on along with a screaming low level jet and potential for damaging winds near the eastern shores. The Thursday and into Friday situation is something that most definitely bears a watchful eye, once the passage occurs, the front/boundary may slow to a crawl as they often do just off our coastlines. Any addition wave of moisture could move north/northeast along this front and bring  some snowfall, especially eastern and southeastern locations as some of our ensemble models have indicated. Back to colder air thereafter with a potential for a storm next weekend. Could we re-introduce a "Norlun" ??  More updates on Sunday. Thank You for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend   ~Anthony 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Still In The Ice Box, Fluffy Snow Fri Eve South

This appears the last frigid arctic night in the recent stretch, Wind Chill Advisories are up for the potential of values dipping to near -18°F throughout most of our areas except closer to coastal locations. But, don’t worry its frigid there too !  We make a bit of progress Friday but many will be in upper teens and low-mid 20’s at best. The saving grace looks to be much less wind with high pressure over head. Systems merge well south and east of southern New England Late Friday though enough moisture and plenty of cold air in place to bring flurries, and a period of light snow for some especially along the South coast of Connecticut, Rhode Island and SE Massachusetts  and Cape Cod and the Islands once again.  Minuscule moisture though we will take advantage of every flake that falls being so cold and a favorable fluff factor.

Time frame looks like after 8pm Friday evening from west/southwest to north/northeast and looks to wrap up before dawn Saturday  for most, though a few snow showers may remain over extreme east/southeast Massachusetts through the morning hours before that storm takes off and explodes into a large gale center. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Frigid Air Holds, Light-Moderate Snow Early Saturday.

Frigid Arctic air is currently firmly entrenched across much of  Southern New England, the likes of which have not been seen since mid January of 2009, and for some dating back to 2008 ! Dangerously cold weather expected overnight with temperatures in single digits to below zero for most the region, along with brisk winds at times making the feel like well below zero region wide. Bitterly cold and dry weather expected again for your Thursday with highs on average 10-22°. Friday is frigid again for most though  milder air will start  creep in along and south and east of the Interstate 95 corridor during the eve hours as some moisture gets infiltrated from the southwest side of a developing ocean storm well to our south and east.
The potential storm we are watching originates from Alberta Canada (Alberta Clipper) screams southeast from the Great Lakes , taps some gulf of Mexico moisture before transferring its energy off the Virginia coast or a bit further to the north into a primary low pressure system and tracks east northeast and should make a pass WELL southeast of the 40/70 benchmark. That in itself insures this is not a major event along with the added fact of the Arctic Dome to our northwest is far too heavy and will suppress most the heaviest moisture once again out of our area. This leaves the best opportunity of light-perhaps a moderate snowfall even over extreme southeast southern New England very late Friday into early morning Saturday. Snow showers and periods of light snow are possible for the rest of the interior. Still bears a bit of watching to swing some more moisture in here, but in the end it seem like more hope than reality as the Jet stream remains fairly flat and very progressive along with limited to zero blocking. Still this wont require much moisture at all to add up as ratio's look very favorable again. Any addition and any less moisture is what needs to be watch throughout  Thursday and early Friday.

It also fits well with the pattern that has been in place all winter with NAO indices hovering right around the neutral phase and tough to get the “Big One”. Milder air starts to creep in Sunday and especially next week when we may return back to normal or maybe even slightly above normal for this time of year. There are indications that once again it is short lived and more cold to perhaps arctic air return in time for February .    ~Anthony

Monday, January 21, 2013

Updated Storm details Blog (215pm Monday)

After many topping off near or in the mid 50’s just yesterday afternoon, we now have readings in the 20’s and low 30’s and falling with extremely cold temperatures aloft as well ensuring precipitation coming in with our expected storm will be all snow.
We are watching 2 low pressure systems take shape this hour.
One is located off to the west of lake Ontario as almost like a clipper type system and one developing with increase pressure falls off the New Jersey coast. Its that low pressure that will intensify and pass southeast of the 40/70 bench mark early Tuesday. Though, a thin Inverted “Norlun” trough is expected to connect the two and bring potential for intense snowfall rates to east coast Massachusetts and southeast New Hampshire. 
Scattered snow flurries have already reported across western Ma, though accumulating snowfall will start to approach the south coast of Southern New England around 4-6pm, a quick burst expected for many even inland areas . After that burst , heavy snow will start to focus closer into the center of low pressure and snow, heavy at times 1-2  perhaps 3” an hour may develop along extreme east coastal Massachusetts, limiting visibility below 1/4mile overnight. 

That axis of heavy snow fall will then begin to pivot into northeast Massachusetts and southeast New Hampshire towards very early Tuesday am and most likely could have BIG morning rush hour implications once again. The forecasting aspect of storm has been pretty smooth with consistent signals from both our operational and ensemble guidance that may not reflect on the SNEweather snow map ,though  higher resolution models which tend to have better handle on these potential Mesoscale situations have been quite consistent with more precipitation into our area and that is how the snowfall expectation map was composed late Saturday with slight adjustment Sunday afternoon. Tricky forecast? It sure is ! But so aren't they all? There is an incredible amount dynamics to develop as low intensifies and nears the southeast SNE coast. Keeping in mind the whole time it could have been worse as still most intense moisture stays out to sea. But, when the arctic air meets the mild Atlantic Ocean and goes boom basically that’s our storm. The bands of intense snowfall much like that of a thunderstorm are likely to develop with possible thunder snow somewhere in the bands. Again, likely east coastal Mass up to perhaps Portland Maine.  Further shifts to the north and even to the south are possible even as the storm has commenced. For this reason, Hazardous Weather Outlooks are in place for interior SNE, Winter Weather Advisories closer to the coast and Winter Storm watches along the immediate shorelines.

We wont have to long to get up, brush off before we look ahead to our next potential near Friday which at its forecasting stage now looks to deliver Warning type snowfall (6+) potentially from Ohio to #SNE and carries potential for strong winds as well. A more detailed post on that tomorrow as well as hopefully a recap of the expected storm tonight and early Tuesday. That’s it for now, thanks for reading   ~Anthony

Saturday, January 19, 2013

"Norlun" or Nothing ?.... Latest Forecast Blog .

We saw a fairly nice mid-January day out there Saturday in the 40’s for many, though gusty winds did not make it feel as mild, it certainly was more comfortable than Fridays highs in the 20’s ! One more mild day sets up Sunday with temps mildest for eastern zones as an Arctic front will be pushing in from the west/northwest late in the day which will bring quickly falling temperatures , gusty winds and perhaps, just perhaps a miracle flurry or snow shower during The Afc Championship at Gillette stadium in Foxboro tomorrow evening. Back to the gusty winds for Sunday, The Nation Weather Service in Boston has a *Wind Advisory* issued for The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut from 6am to 4pm Sunday with potential gusts up to 55mph.  Monday is shaping up to be a dry but cold day after the passage of the Arctic front  with high temperatures 20’s -30’s though crashing through the day. Clouds will increase late afternoon as a vigorous intensifying trough exits the Great Lakes, at the same time pressure will be falling off  and to the south of southern New England as a storm center starts to  take shape there . This will create an inverted trough and could be the focusing  axis for a “Norlun Trough” to develop during the nighttime hours. At least briefly until and if a surface low is able to form and intensify in time. The location of where this may form and how much snow is virtually impossible to predict, though I am favoring the Boston - Portland Maine corridor at this time with potential it sets up farther south and east.  The NAO going briefly Negative around then indicates the potential for rapid deepening just of our coastlines and potential to slow to a crawl.

 On this image GFS Model Ensembles indicate a good possibility of this along with the second graphic which shows three major models indicating the potential “Norlun” through surface pressure maps Of course This ALL depends on even IF it develops and its all about the timing as they are rather rare and usually not widespread though many indications at least snow showers will be around for many.

  Temperature both aloft and at the surface will be conducive to support all snow . With temps so cold, the normal 10:1 snow to liquid ratio would be more on the order of 15-20:1. This means it wont take much moisture at all to put down a few fluffy inches at least even for other areas. Its like putting some water in a damp sponge, it wont drip off until you squeeze it, and when you do quite a bit of moisture is wrung out. It continues to bear constant watching as it could form entirely too late and just leave us High , dry and frigid Tuesday and beyond. Speaking of beyond, signs are another storm system approaches late week with a few scenarios possible with that. It DOES have potential to drop more snow and perhaps moderate amounts region wide but is noted it also carries big bust potential due to arctic air in place acting as a suppressor forcing most if not ALL moisture to the south and east. More updates will follow on Sunday. Thanks for reading and GO PATS !  ~Anthony

Initial Storm Graphic Late Mon-Tues

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

*NEW BLOG* Quick Recap...Much more weather ahead .....

Just under 24 hours removed from many near 60° in Southern New England, a widespread 1-5” of snow fell on our area Wednesday am , not a huge deal for us hardy folks, but the timing was a nightmare for morning travelers. All got in on the action except for Cape Cod where once again the mild Atlantic ocean trumped any wildcards that may have existed . They may be next though, it’s a process this season to get that water cooler but cold weather ahead will help for sure. We are watching a third and final wave of Low Pressure riding along the boundary which has now pushed a bit farther to the east today. This low is likely to stay far enough off to the south and east to spare most of the area from seeing anything, though just enough moisture may get thrown up into the South Shore of Massachusetts and the Cape and the Islands especially to cover the ground in white. Lower chance of this extending back into Rhode Island and even a lover probability for any portions of Connecticut . What will have to be watched and is having a tough time being picked up by our computer guidance is a light NE wind which may bring snow showers to east coastal Ma. perhaps as far north as Cape Ann .

 This is for late Thursday and early Friday as that looks to scoot on by due to lack of blocking. Quick mover again. Other forecasting issues with this system is whether it tries to phase with new incoming northern jet or if  the incoming cold air just too heavy and will  surpress the storm ?. That usually is the case and will go with it. Even with exploding storm well to our south and east enough gradient will be in place to create precipitation. 
Beyond that , we got a fairly nice day setting up for Saturday and most Sunday, though winds will pick up late Sunday and especially Monday (timing still in question a bit) as temps will crash ahead of the Arctic front plowing in from Canada forced down via Polar Vortex with snow shower and squalls ahead. The heart of the coldest air of the season can now almost be confidently pinned down to arrive Monday through most of next week. High temperatures look to struggle to get out of the 20’s with nighttime lows in the single digits and teens at best ! 

 There are a couple disturbances next week that bear watching as clipper systems (Alberta) will comes across the Great lakes  and with potential NAO slightly negative, these things can explode once they even touch The Atlantic Ocean. Winter is back!   ~Anthony.  Check out the UPDATED extended forecast graphic for Fri-Tues
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

*New Blog* This storm follows suit....

After January high temperatures 50-64° (30° above average for some) across southern New England on Monday, temperatures have since steadily fallen and leveled off Tuesday in the mid-upper 30’s and low 40’s which is only slightly above average for this time of year. Along a boundary of Arctic Air off to our west and northwest and mild air now just off to our southeast, a huge cloud and boundary has formed with a few waves of low pressure forming and riding up and along it. One wave went through yesterday evening with some light cold rain and sleet for some. A break in the action Tuesday day but now again we are watching moisture grow near Arkansas and Tennessee and will begin the track to the north along the same boundary and deliver a plowable snow for many folks starting after midnight through the daylight hours of Wednesday.
 Initially temperatures aloft support snow for many, especially during times of moderate snow and banding. Those temperatures aloft will slowly rise heading through the early day hours on Wednesday. For this reason and the fact the south coast and southeast Massachusetts will see the rise 1st and quicker, mixing with  and changing to plain rain for some. Again this is a tough call right along the interstate 95 corridor, much like all the other systems so far this winter. I expect this storm to be no different as the waters in the Atlantic Ocean off the southern New England coast are still running above normal. This is not a big event but the timing off it will carry potential commute issues in the morning and possible school delays and or a cancellation or two. That storm warps up during the afternoon hours from southwest-northeast. 

A cold front comes through Thursday ushering in colder renewed air, though not arctic yet. Winds will be gusty Thursday though and there is the chance of a snow shower or two. We will have to watch yet another wave riding up the trough Thursday eve, though with the renewed blast of colder /drier air that one should miss to the southeast. It appears we warm back up a bit Saturday and the very first half of Sunday before huge changes are ushered in through Sunday afternoon and evening with the true Arctic Cold front prone to make passage. Could be a wild football game at Gillette. Kick off is 6:30pm. With mild temps for tailgating near 40° falling quickly on gusty north/northwest winds.

Beyond Sunday, forecast confidence surely decreases though signs have been pretty consistent with a very cold day Monday in the 20’s for many and a system/clipper moving towards and or just north of our area that may try to tap some Atlantic moisture before organizing off the coast. Will surely keep an eye on that. A brief bump in temps may occur after Tuesday with more Arctic Air incoming thereafter . Could be some wild swings ahead and in transition some storm systems to watch !    ~Anthony 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

*NEW BLOG* Extremes? No. Shifts? Yes.

Many Winter and or snow lovers are starting to get antsy and asking themselves is this year another bust like last season ? While others just sit around with no complaints. Talk and signs before winter began were showing nice blocking and an active storm pattern. The signs failed us forecasters for the most part, though December did end on a colder than normal note and we did see a couple snow events in the northeast. Through all of this, its noted that Ski-Country in the mountains of central and northern New England, there have been NO complaints from those diehards, it has been a very fantastic beneficial season up there that has come to a bit of a halt in recent days only. Now that January is here temperatures have slowly started to moderate and will continue to do so as we head into the weekend and beyond. But, as the old saying goes “what goes up, must come down” eventually. You would think with some of the hype out there that we are headed for a deep Freeze, that just does not look like the case from what I am seeing. Sure cold air is cold regardless of how you cut it, but it is what is expected for Mid-January and especially in New England ! 
 I cant even be sure that once the flip is made which looks to be around the 16th, give or take that we will even dip below normal average highs which for this time of year are around 35° for a region wide southern New England average. It certainly is not an extreme switch we will be experiencing.
In the near term, a weak cold front is slipping though our region this evening with very little fanfare. It will be breezy to gusty at times Thursday as we will be on the boundary between cold and milder air to our southwest. Most Thursday will start off sunny for many with an increase in high clouds arriving during the late afternoon hours with building moisture off to our  west near The Ohio River Valley, which is our next shot at precipitation. Highs Thursday will again top off  in the low to mid 40’s. Thursday Night , with high pressure overhead, winds will turn light , so a good setup for radiational cooling and many if not all of the area returns to low 30’s upper 20’s and perhaps a few high elevation teens. Friday we may drop back a couple degrees as we await some possible showers late evening and overnight. No big deal there. Saturday we should be in a dry slot and we should see another rebound in temperatures into the mid-perhaps upper 40’s , which would be approximately 10° above average. Again, nothing dramatic. Late Saturday behind the warm up, a deep trough to our west will be digging east as MUCH colder air across the mid section of the country also tracks east. A Few more showers com in overnight Saturday. By the way, Sunday at Gillette for The Past Playoff game vs. The Texans looks mild and near 50°!

Its at this time things become  split a bit. Yes colder air heads towards the northeast U.S. , especially colder than what we have seen to start January, but nothing compared to certain January periods of past, and you do not have to go back far for evidence.  The sign of hope comes at 500Millibars. Recently dominated by building east ridge and a western trough, it will flip. It starts with The Polar Vortex descending south/southeast which in turn builds a  western ridge and eastern trough. It is during these times storms love to develop and breed and that can be seen on the 500mb pattern around the 17th coming out of the deep south near Texas. The big question remains does the cold air come in first and just deliver a period of seasonable to slightly below seasonal temperatures and dry weather beyond the 17th?, or does the timing of southern, southeastern moisture coincide with the arrival of colder air via Polar Vortex to form a storm system near the east coast ? Yet to be known, but the chance is there and for that as it bears watching for those who have been waiting patiently for it. 

Next question is does the colder air hang around by the time another system decides to swing up the coast or does it bring mild air in just ahead of it as has been case most the year and much like last season. We could get into a pattern that sends a few Alberta Clippers with light snow events also.  Teleconnections do favor the potential system near or around the 17th but again become split thereafter. It seems very hard to sustain either mild or cold air for any period of time this season so far. What needs to happen is the NAO needs to get to &  remain in a negative phase and blocking needs to set up and hold over or just south/southeast of Greenland. Until that happens  it is the same old same old pattern in place. Knowing it only takes one blockbuster storm to make a season memorable, there appears to be NO solid signs this is any type of special season. Although it still is very early, historically there have not been many, if any turnarounds of a magnitude that would make this season any different. I always feel if you have to dig deeper than normal to find what your looking for (cold air, snow) then its simply not meant to be. That lesson was learnt last season. I for one want nothing more to see this turnaround and bring cold and snow to stay for the rest of the winter, I just don’t see it  and will not dig deep to find or convince otherwise at this point. The beginning of the season was admittedly a personal forecast bust with constant talk of potential blocking which simply never occurred. I am not about to cover that mistake up by trying to “find” a correction. Lets just hope and watch the trends ahead and remember that February can bring the most intense winter storms to the northeast and March can roar in like a lion !     ~Anthony

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

SNEweather Quick Blog (Updated 5pm Jan3)

Cold start to 2013 should continue through approximately Jan 9th with no big storms to coincide as the air is far too dry and a northern branch stream totally separated from the moist southern stream. A predominant northwest flow should dominate until a ridge builds briefly after the 9th. This shift  should start again a more active period of weather though will carry with it issues again, specifically in surface storm tracks and mixing issues with any storm of significance that should threaten after the 9th of January.

Before then, seasonably cold days are on tap with very cold nights and a chance of a few clouds from time to time during the days which could drop a flurry at anytime under that northwest flow. A weak, moisture starved clipper will approach our area Late Saturday trying to tap moisture from southern stream though unsuccessfully and too late well east and south off our coastlines and bring the potential of a few snowshowes into our area early Sunday am which coat produce a dusting to a coating for some in Southern New England. One thing that disturbance may bring is possibility of some Ocean Effect snows to extreme southeast Ma in its wake.
Beyond the 9th , it remains to be seen exactly how long the “milder” air will remain over our region, but with the teleconnections outlook, ( it looks like NO real long prolonged cold or stormy pattern will ensue until at least after mid-month. We will keep an eye on the pattern that starts to develop post Jan 9th or so and see where it takes us from there.
 We do have a winter this year though as many SNE locations are near or even slightly above snowfall where they should be this time of year, though this differs greatly for isolated cities and towns. One thing is for sure, we are WAY ahead of 2011-12 season nationally and even can make strong arguments we are even above (well above  for some) the snowy winter season of 2010-11 at this point with much more winter days ahead.      ~Anthony