Articles by Roman Kowch
October 26, 2012
Ever heard the above phrase? Well, our region’s weather is expected to shift dramatically over the next several days. The weekend will have tranquil conditions, similar to the weather from earlier this week. Mostly sunny skies, light winds, and normal temperatures will continue today and tomorrow. Some cloudy skies may linger this morning, but nearby high pressure and dry air should erode those clouds by afternoon. Highs will remain in the mid 60s°F (17-19°C).
October 12, 2012
Polar air continues to move into our region, and the first frost looks imminent tonight. In fact, temperatures could reach the freezing point outside Boston! A high pressure sitting in the Midwest is pulling cold air from Canada down into New England. Winds should be somewhat stiff today as well, but will subside on Saturday. By that time, the high pressure will reach us and provide clear, dry conditions. The cold temperatures will not last long because a low pressure will approach the Great Lakes, pushing warm air into the Northeast by Monday. Any significant rain chances should hold off until late Sunday. So the jacket is a better choice over the umbrella this weekend.
September 25, 2012
Clear skies continue to rule the weather pattern as high pressure, located near the Carolinas, moves slowly northeast. Through Wednesday, the high will sustain southwesterly winds, bringing warm temperatures from the Gulf states.
September 11, 2012
Stiff winds and cool temperatures poured into New England this weekend, behind a strong cold front which passed through Saturday evening. Hence a deep trough, located in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere, has overtaken our recent weather. The trough’s northerly winds, out of Canada, have brought much cooler and drier air. These winds are occurring ahead of a surface high pressure approaching our region.
August 28, 2012
Nearly 7 years after disastrous Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the United States Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac will inundate Louisiana and surrounding shorelines tonight and into Wednesday. Nearly 10”+ rainfall totals are expected across eastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi as Isaac turns northward and weakens over the Midwest through late week. Wind gusts may reach 100 mph close to the storm’s center, especially near the time of landfall over southeast Louisiana.
June 8, 2012
A weak, yet pesky, area of low pressure lingered just off Cape Cod earlier this week. The system brought cold temperatures, cloudy skies, rain, and breezy conditions. This system appeared “stuck” in one location on the weather forecast models from this past week. But why? The answer was evident in the central Atlantic Ocean, where a much larger low pressure center was parked, preventing the weaker low from exiting our area.
May 8, 2012
An area of high pressure sitting just off Cape Cod last night will drift away today. Rainy conditions from an approaching low pressure system will move in from the West, bringing an end to the sunny weather of the past two days. The rain, however, will stick around for a while, perhaps until Friday as the associated warm and cold fronts stall over the area by mid-week.
March 23, 2012
New England has experienced warm, tranquil weather over the past week. High temperatures have been able to climb into the 70s°F (21-25°C) for most days this week, breaking records on Sunday and Monday. Yesterday’s high of 83°F (28°C) also broke a record of 72°F (22°C) for that day. These highs are actually Boston’s typical temperatures for late June! Today, the Boston area has yet another chance of seeing highs reach near 75°F (24°C).
March 6, 2012
A broad ridge of high pressure will slowly build over the Atlantic this week. As a result of its slow evolution, New England will benefit from tranquil weather through at least Thursday, including a noticeable increase in temperatures. In fact, temperatures could very well reach the upper 60s (19–21°C) by Thursday due to a sustained, southwesterly flow on the western side of the ridge. This flow and its accompanying surface winds should strengthen day-by-day, reaching their maximum by Thursday and funneling in very warm air from the mid-Atlantic states.
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February 17, 2012
While the second half of January brought some hope for snow-lovers across New England, the past two weeks have not been so promising. The same story is true for today as southerly flow is bringing in moisture, rainfall, and above-average temperatures. This unusual weather can be explained through the February jet stream (i.e. storm track), which has directed the most intense storms through Canada and prevented others from moving toward New England. Sometimes the jet has also split itself, allowing systems to pass to our south and leave New England free of any precipitation.