Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The National Weather Service is taking public comment on whether they should change their system of classifying winter weather "watches," "warnings" and "advisories" for more straight-forward language.
Is a winter storm warning more serious than a winter storm watch? Or is it the other way around? The National Weather Service is experimenting with new language to simplify the existing system of "watches," "warnings" and "advisories." For instance, this winter you've read Patch weather stories with lines like "the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning." But next winter we'd instead be writing "The National Weather Service has issued a warning for a dangerous snow storm." You can look at side-by-side examples of the current and proposed text from a weather station in Maine. Here are a few more examples: You can tell the Weather Service your opinion through March 31 via this link. Me, I'm skeptical when the government …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Wind gusts could hit up to 50 mph and the strongest winds are expected during the afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Sunday, lasting morning until night for blustery winds that could take down large tree limbs and possibly cause some isolated power outages. The advisory is in effect across much of Southern New England from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Westerly winds of 15-25 mph are expected with gusts up to 50 mph. "The strongest winds should occur this afternoon and evening," says the NWS. The NWS says wind gusts that strong are capable of knocking down small tree limbs and branches, possibly leading to some isolated power outages. Driving may also be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
A storm band that built upon itself and a high tide that impeded drainage were key ingredients in Tuesday's flash flooding.
Tuesday's powerful storm moved but as it moved it built itself at the back end. The result was that it stayed over the same area, inundating Swampscott, Peabody, Salem and Beverly with multiple inches of rainfall, said Rebecca Gould, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton. Local weatherman George Allen's weather station measured 1.1 inches in 15 minutes on two occassions before sunup. Gould said an inch of rain an hour is considered a lot but more than an inch in 15 minutes? You just don't see those amounts unless its a tropical downpour. Much of the 5.73-inches that fell on Swampscott coincided with high tide, she said. The high tide made it more difficult for the town's drainage system to carry away the rain so …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
A line of showers and thunderstorms could bring strong winds and heavy rain to Swampscott on Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
A line of showers and thunderstorms capable of producing strong winds and causing minor flooding is headed toward Swampscott on Thursday afternoon. At 1:45 p.m., radar showed the line of storms crossing I-495, heading eastward at 30 miles per hour. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement at 1:21 p.m. on Thursday warning that the line of showers is capable of producing winds gusts topping 40 mph and heavy rain. The storms were expected to arrive along the Route 128 corridor, including Swampscott, by 2:30 p.m. The heavy rain from the storm may cause minor street flooding and ponding, the weather service said, warning drivers to not drive into flooded areas.
Monday, August 1, 2011
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Monday afternoon, saying severe thunderstorms are possible in almost every city and town in eastern Massachusetts.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of eastern Massachusetts for Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Taunton issued the “watch” at 2:35 p.m. on Monday, saying that conditions are favorable for formation of severe thunderstorms through 10 p.m. Severe thunderstorms can produce damaging wind, dangerous lightning, heavy rain and hail. The severe thunderstorm watch comes after the weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook on Monday morning saying that strong or possibly severe thunderstorms containing damaging winds and large hail are most likely to occur between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday. Already in western Massachusetts, some storms containing hail were reported in Amherst, Longmeadow, Springfield and…
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The National Weather Service has a heat watch in effect for Thursday and Friday when temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s in Swampscott.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The National Weather Service has announced an excessive heat watch for Swampscott for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures are expected to climb to 95 and 100 degrees, with the heat index making the temperature feel hotter. Check out Swampscott's weather station for local data. The National Weather Service is advising that the heat can cause illness, and that children, sick and the elderly should take it easy. Here are some tips: Federal officials recommend that workers take lots of breaks either in the shade or air conditioning.