Weather by Tim Kelley
Tuesday January 17th, 2017 - 11:19 am
This weeks' theme, "it could have been a lot worse."
Recall my dreary outlook for this week, from our last post on Friday the 13th. This week looked like a thaw, with periods of rain. But also threw in a glimmer of hope saying "we may put winter on hold, but it is not a lock."
We found a key, unlocking the supply closet of just enough new cold for flakes instead of tears.. thanks to minor north Atlantic blocking. There's a storm, with the strength of a hurricane, south of Greenland today, and it is not moving eastward, it's moving northward. This storm and track pushes cold from Greenland southwest in to Quebec and supplies enough chill that we get snow instead of rain! Yes powder skiing, from what was supposed to be a wet thaw.
I love New England; it can warm up and still snow.
This is not a classic set up for the Jay cloud. That means we share the wealth with resorts to our south and east, they get the jackpot this time. But we all love each other here in the ski resort industry, right? Ha ha.
Snowfall amounts generally 5 to 10 inches, from northern New York to southern Maine. We are on the northern edge of the good snow with this one, call in about 6 inches fresh Wednesday.
Following Tuesday Night & Wednesday snow, we are in no-mans-land of weather, not too windy, not too sunny, not too warm, not too cold, just good quiet skiing.
The only drawback I see is perhaps an inversion cloud, where we may have sunshine at the top and clouds at the bottom. Each night we're near freezing, each day comfortably mild in the 30s. The snowpack should not grow, yet it should not shrink.
This pattern lasts through the weekend.
Whoever did the snow dance for this week, should do one for next week. We are in the same kind of boat again.
It does not look snowy next week, but it is not a lock.
Interesting how it's every Tuesday and Wednesday we get this challenging forecast mix, same goes for next week. But before we get there.. this time I guarantee no wind hold issues, or deep freeze. for our weekend.
Fog could be a different story; it's always something isn't it.
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!"