Articles by Allison A. Wing
February 19, 2013
The Boston area received a quick blast of winter weather on Sunday, when Logan Airport recorded 5.1 inches of snow. The fresh snow on top of the ice-coated snow remaining from the previous weekend’s snow storm made for slippery conditions. The cold temperatures of Sunday and Monday will make way for highs today in upper 40°Fs, as a warm front associated with a low pressure system in the Great Lakes rotates through our region. It will bring with it showers (mostly rain) this afternoon and evening. Following the passage of the associated cold front tonight, Wednesday and Thursday will be slightly colder than normal with blustery winds. The weather will moderate somewhat on Friday before our next chance for precipitation on the weekend. Five days out, there is still uncertainty, but at the moment it looks like a mix of rain and snow.
January 23, 2013
After weeks of above average temperatures, it appears that winter has finally arrived. The main story this week is the frigid temperatures across a large portion of the U.S. With yesterday’s high temperature in Boston only reaching 25°F, and temperatures today and tomorrow forecast to struggle to make it to 20°F, we are experiencing the coldest weather of the winter thus far. Today and tomorrow will be particularly frigid, as strong west/northwest winds will combine with the bitterly cold air to produce wind chills down to -12°F. The temperatures should moderate somewhat over the weekend, but are still expected to be below freezing.
October 23, 2012
Last Friday’s muggy and wet weather provided a bit of a messy start to the weekend, but the weather rebounded to provide New England with gorgeous weather for the rest of the weekend into the beginning of this week. With sunny skies and above average temperatures, it was a great weekend to get outside, as the crowds at the Head of the Charles Regatta would surely agree. In fact, Saturday’s high temperature of 74°F was a whopping 14°F above normal! A warm front will approach the region tonight and tomorrow, so some light rain is possible tomorrow. However, a blocking pattern will keep the warm front to our south. With a high pressure from Canada in control, seasonable temperatures are in store for this week, with highs around 60°F.
October 5, 2012
Autumn weather is often characterized by large swings in temperature from one day to the next, and this weekend will be no exception. After several days of cloudy, drizzly conditions, today will be warm and dry, with highs reaching into the upper 70°F’s. With southerly warm air advection, 80°F is not beyond the realm of possibility. The warm temperatures will persist tomorrow before a cold front that is trailing a low in Canada moves through tomorrow night. There is a chance of showers tomorrow afternoon/evening, but the main effect of the front will be to drop the temperatures. Indeed, Sunday’s high is expected to be quite a bit chillier, only reaching the mid 50°F’s. An intensifying low moving up the coast will bring widespread rainfall on Sunday afternoon and evening. Clear skies should rebound for the holiday on Monday, but with cooler than normal temperatures.
September 18, 2012
An amplifying upper level trough and the remnants of a subtropical low from the Gulf of Mexico will combine to bring breezy and rainy conditions to our region over the next two days. As the system approaches today, rain showers will develop. The passage of a warm front will keep temperatures nearly steady overnight tonight with rain showers and thunderstorms throughout the evening into tomorrow morning. The rain could be heavy at times, so urban flooding is a distinct possibility. A strong southerly low level jet ahead of the approaching cold front will cause gusty winds. There is disagreement between the models regarding how quickly the front will move offshore, but it looks like most of the rain will stop by mid-morning tomorrow. Later in the week, seasonably cool temperatures are expected.
September 4, 2012
After a lovely Labor Day Weekend with sunny skies and seasonal temperatures, rain will return to the area just in time for the start of the semester.
May 11, 2012
After a couple days of clouds and rain, the sun will return just in time for the weekend. As a low pressure system exits the region today, lingering showers should be limited to this morning with the skies clearing as we move into the evening hours. Tomorrow, an upper level ridge and surface high pressure will build over New York and the off the mid-Atlantic coast, respectively.
April 24, 2012
The weather at the beginning of this week has been quite a contrast to the weather last week. Last Monday (Patriot’s Day), a record high temperature of 87°F was set in Boston. Temperatures also reached in to the 80°F’s last Tuesday — but this week is quite a different story.
STAFF METEOROLOGIST AFTER A COOL, CLOUDY, AND RAINY WEEKEND, SUNNY CONDITIONS WITH SEASONABLY COOL TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RETURN THIS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE BOSTON AREA, AS DRY CONDITIONS ARE E
April 3, 2012
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March 9, 2012
Yesterday’s decidedly spring like weather set a record high temperature for March 8 in Boston. The recorded high at Logan Airport was 68°F, surpassing the previous record set in 1995 at 67°F, and a whopping 25°F above the climatological value. In addition, as anyone who was outside yesterday knows, it was quite windy, with a sustained wind of 37 mph and gusts to 49 mph at Logan. The weather station on the roof of the Green Building recorded a high temperature of 68.8°F, a maximum sustained wind of 23 mph, and a maximum wind gust of 36 mph. These strong winds were felt across much of the Northeast, with maximum wind gusts of up to 54 mph along coast south of Boston. Unfortunately for those hoping the warm weather was here to stay, we will have a brief period of chillier weather (around normal values in the low 40°Fs) today and Saturday, following a cold front. The high temperatures look to return early next week, with temperatures near 70°F possible.