Articles by Roman Kowch
January 18, 2012
The tranquil weather pattern and above-average temperatures of this winter in the Northeast should slowly change through the rest of January. The cold temperatures last weekend, when Logan Airport reached 6°F (-14°C) Saturday night, serve as a good example of what’s probably coming later this month. The jet stream, or the main storm track, has been split between northern Canada and a path from the desert Southwest toward the northern Plains for most of winter. This pattern has “locked” the cold air within Canada, allowing for warm air to stream in with the relatively weak storms thus far across the lower 48.
December 2, 2011
Earlier this week, New England experienced above normal temperatures. Highs have been in the mid to upper 60s (18–20°C) with generally clear weather (despite the quick 0.76” of rain at Logan Airport last Tuesday night). But today, cooler weather has arrived since winds have become northerly and are bringing air down from Canada. A high pressure just to our west will keep cool air blowing in through Saturday.
November 15, 2011
The bright sunny weather from last week is giving way to more unsettled weather. Gloomy skies, typical of impending fall storms, will sweep across our area through Thursday. Any time from now until then, showers will be possible and you shouldn’t stow away the umbrella. The highest probability of rain should arrive on Tuesday night into Wednesday. These increased chances will come from two developing low pressure centers across the southeastern U.S. These lows will meander northeastward toward New England, and should dissipate just off Cape Cod by late Thursday. Any rainfall in our area should be light however, since the systems are quite weak.
November 1, 2011
A historic winterlike storm over the weekend brought massive amounts of precipitation and high winds across the Northeast. Some parts of western Massachusetts received the most snow, with totals reaching just above 30 inches! In addition, out of all records at the National Weather Service, New York’s Central Park received 2.9 inches of snow, its highest amount ever recorded in October. The low pressure system that brought the wild weather moved up along the coast over the weekend. It exited very quickly by Sunday, allowing for high pressure to take over the region. Maybe a Santa Claus costume would have worked for trick-or-treating in the Northeast yesterday.
October 21, 2011
Would the weather last Wednesday or Thursday be your ideal weather for the weekend? Ponchos and umbrellas were common across campus on Wednesday as a tight low pressure system moved north across the Mid-Atlantic states. The system brought heavy rain (1.64” at Logan Airport) and high winds to many areas. Then, as dryer air was pulled in from the South yesterday, the rain departed and the sun popped out. Well, the sunshine should stick around through this weekend, with winds slowly diminishing each day as a broad high pressure approaches from the southwest. Temperatures will also remain normal for this time of year, with highs in the lower 60s (15°C) and lows in the mid 40s (4°C). For the weather enthusiasts, sorry you couldn’t see Wednesday’s weather again this weekend.
September 30, 2011
Today’s weather will feature mostly sunny skies and a final opportunity for the thermometer to reach near 80°F (27°C). A low pressure system, which is slowly dragging its way eastward across the upper Midwest, will allow southerly winds to develop across our region. These winds will surge in a warm air mass for today. But the dry conditions will be short-lived as the aforementioned low pressure tracks just to our south, slows down, and stalls over the Northeast.
September 13, 2011
New England will not contend with any rain today, except for some afternoon clouds. A strong low pressure spinning in northern Quebec will funnel in warm, moist air from the southern U.S. This will raise temperatures well into the 80s°F for today and tomorrow. Then, a cold front should approach on Wednesday, providing an opportunity for some pop-up thunderstorms. A cooler air mass will follow the front’s passage on Thursday, as well as clear skies by the weekend.
April 26, 2011
The last week of April will have spotty showers as the main weather concern. Through Thursday night we may experience raindrops at almost any time, day or night. A slow-moving low pressure system located in the northern Midwest is responsible for the wet and cloudy weather today. By Wednesday this system will be “pushed” slightly north as another storm system forms in the southern Midwest. But as Thursday rolls around, the new storm will swing a cold front through New England, bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms. The weather through this week will be quite warmer than last week, with highs reaching 70°F (21°C) and lows staying in the 50s°F (10–15°C). The warm weather will take shape when a warm front edges its way northward into Canada today. A flow of Gulf moisture will also become apparent with the warm front’s passage.
April 8, 2011
You should trade in the umbrellas for sunglasses today and tomorrow. The gloomy, rainy weather of early this week has given way to cool, sunny conditions. A high pressure center will slowly move through the area today, keeping skies clear and winds light. Saturday looks even better, with temperatures climbing into the lower 60s°F (15–17°C) under fair conditions once again. However, clouds will be rolling in on Sunday along with a chance for some rain. A low pressure system, expected to form in the Midwest, will bring this rain. The rain may even be accompanied by some thunderstorms late Monday. Otherwise, the weather is looking just fine through Sunday for the CPW events. Wetter conditions will stay away until the new workweek begins.
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March 15, 2011
Sunny skies and seasonable temperatures are in store for today. These conditions are compliments of a strong high pressure area, which will move through New England and reach the ocean by evening. By tonight, clouds will move in as a developing low pressure center moves northward through the Mid-Atlantic states. This system seems plentiful with moisture, and umbrellas will be needed for Wednesday until the rain ends sometime at night. Minor river flooding in nearby areas may occur but is not likely since most of the winter snowpack has already melted. Temperatures will also be warmer as southerly winds sweep in moist air off the ocean. By St. Patrick’s Day, clear skies and an even warmer air mass will return. A large high pressure area forming near the Carolinas should push highs to near 60°F (16°C) by Friday as well. A steady breeze from the south will maintain the climb in temperatures by that time.