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Pete Bouchard

Saved by The Sea Breeze

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Although my forecast was busted today, there was one good thing that came out of it.

Stability.

That gray overcast that hung over the eastern half of the Commonwealth provided a stablizing influence to our atmosphere. The cool air blowing in from the ocean kept the temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s all the way back to Metrowest. While that makes for lousy short-and-t-shirt weather, it is poison to thunderstorms.

So when this vicious storm came rolling out of the Connecticut River Valley this afternoon, the final chapter was all but written. That being said, things got a little hairy when the tornado warning came out for Franklin County. Like yesterday, we saw strong rotation inside the cloud - although no tornado was ever confimed - and like yesterday it was well-defined for a long period of time. That's very atypical of tornadic storms in New England. More often than not, they are short-lived, ill-defined and shrouded in rain.

Tomorrow's storms will again start in Western Mass. and move east. They may again fade as they move inside I495, but keep an eye to the sky for strong storms anytime after 3pm.

Now, onto the weekend....

Ummm...wet and cold should cover it.

Before you get up in a fuss over the change of venue (from sunny and dry to wet and chilly), let me explain. Our front that is trying to come through on Friday slows down to a crawl. That allows a storm to form - and stall - off Nantucket. That sinks Saturday and puts Sunday on life support. We should come out of it Monday, but there will be some lingering effects of chilly air, so low 60s are the best we can do.

Now, doesn't knowing all that make it better?

Hey, I tried.

Pete

Posted 05/22/13, 6:59pm
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