Posted by Pete Bouchard
There are a lot of places I could start this blog. The missteps, where the forecast went off track, my personal thoughts on the weather models, but the bottom line is...
Every forecaster has his/her flub, but I can't recall one this bad in a long time. I was hoodwinked into believing a storm scooting into the Atlantic wouldn't produce nearly two feet of snow across the Commonwealth. And in my defense, that is true in many respects. How many times has a storm darted southeast of Nantucket leaving us unscathed? And who would call for those amounts with a storm hundreds of miles offshore?!?
This one was different. We were lulled into believing the storm played its best hand yesterday: snow fell and melted on contact. Big gaps opened up and the sun briefly poked out. Stay the course, we thought.
But the storm stalled. Then it hooked into a batch of moisture - perhaps subtropical - and catapulted it back into Mass. The curtain closed around 5-6am, the curtain closed, and we were doomed.
Not since Dec. 2005 (a much stronger storm mind you that hit in the evening rush with gusts near 100mph on Cape Cod) did I scramble to move the numbers, figure out what was going on, and figure out when it would end.
Been quite a season.
Anyway the bottom line is the evening drive is much better (but not perfect) than the AM drive. Snow shuts down from north to south, and we might even see some sun before it sets.
Weekend is looking much better (give it until noon Saturday before the wind shut down along the coast/Capes) with sun and milder temperatures.
Stop in and visit me under my rock.
For snowfall amounts in your neighborhood click here.