Weather by Tim Kelley
Friday January 13th, 2017 - 8:55 am
As the temperature cools down, snow guns fire up!
Mountain operations did not wait long. They went right out there Thursday night as soon as the temperature went below freezing and start pumping out a power blizzard. Mother Nature kicked in with some flakes of her own, but mostly it's the wind in the chill that made Friday so special.
Thursday.. well Thursday was one of the warmest January 12ths since about 1975.. We are having much better luck on Friday the 13th. Consider our snow pack, well condensed and perfect base material, which will be here all the way into the Merry Month of May.
As for the MLK weekend, we are still looking at sunshine and mostly calm air for our Saturday as a strong high-pressure system moves in from Hudson Bay Canada. There is a change to the Saturday night - Sunday forecast though, as another polar front likely brings a bit of snow for our Sunday morning. Several more millimeters are possible.
But this also means a bit of a breeze to start off Sunday. So instead of 20 below zero in the valley, it'll be above zero thanks to the breeze. (Radiational cooling is not going to be as intense.) But it also means a bit more chili on the mountain Sunday morning; we could be near zero for a couple of hours. Wind goes away, and sunshine returns for Sunday afternoon, it should be beautiful.
Monday and Tuesday look great with temperatures moderating back to near freezing, and mostly dry air. I'm not sure about the sunshine, and there is a bit of a breeze, but not enough to impact the lifts.
The second half of next week we may put winter on hold. It is not a lock, but at this time it appears we get a couple of doses of non-Crystal precipitation, with nighttime lows barely at freezing.
The storm track is changing, instead of California getting buried in snow, now it's going to be Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. That storm track into Western Canada will push warm air across most of the lower 48.
Consider it a little January reprieve (thaw) from relentless cold and wind.
The weather behaves in waves, by the end of January we will be back in the cold with another huge dose of snow.. So says, rule of the wave.
Next update Tuesday.
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!"