Weather by Tim Kelley
Tuesday February 17th, 2015 - 11:25 am
Quick! The wind has died down, the temperature is (almost) above zero.. Let's go ski!!
Could the vortex get any meaner than it was on Monday?
I think not! (though it may try and match it a again later).
But for a day or two we have a window of relatively quiet weather.
That mid week Nor'easter alluded to in our last post is not materializing. The decent southern energy, a necessary ingredient in Nor'easters, is racing out to sea. Snow and Ice was deposited on the Beaches from South Carolina to Cape Cod. The plan was to merge that system with the next arctic front, which is once again on the way to Jay. The gap between the southern storm and next beastly blast has very little atmospheric pressure gradient.. that means greatly reduced wind speeds here for a couple days.
Also, the atmosphere is unstable enough to produce snow out of very little moisture in this kind of situation. But that's all we have, very little moisture. So very light snow may be in the air during our Tuesday-Wednesday break between arctic blasts.
Timing on the next blast is Wednesday night and Thursday, when snow and wind will return.
We wake up to a few new Thursday morning, try and hit it quick because that 'skull numbing chill' is back later Thursday afternoon and into Friday. Another powerful storm is forecast from the Gulf of Maine into New Brunswick, a better track than the last few to establish a legit Jay Cloud. During those windy hours Thursday night and Friday, The Jay Cloud may generate double digit, very low density snowfall here at the mountain.
The plan then is for lighter wind and some sunshine for a few minutes Saturday morning, before another chance of more significant higher density snowfall Saturday night and Sunday. Reading between the lines, if this works out --> POWDER WATCH in effect for late Friday into Saturday morning.
Our 5-7 day forecasts are marginally accurate lately, so we will have another update with a solid weekend forecast post on Thursday afternoon.
Until then, get out and enjoy the brief break from The Montreal Express.
Who is Tim Kelley?
A native Cape Codder, Tim says "Dad taught me how to read Barometer, Mom taught me how to smile."
He learned to ski at Blue Hill near Boston 4 decades ago. But it was Burke Mountain Vermont where I was exposed to big mountain skiing while earning his B.S. in Meteorology at Lyndon State College, class of '87.
Tim has started his weather career at WMUR Manchester NH, then went to WLNE in Providence RI, before settling at his current TV gig, New England Cable News (NECN) in 1992. You can also see his surf and ski reports on SkiTheEast.net, Boardliving.com, and SurfSkiWeather.us.
He says "It's an honor to be part of The Jay Team, look for me in TIMbuktu!"