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 …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Snow is expected to blanket the area, Monday afternoon or evening and last through the night, accumulating 3-7 inches by Tuesday morning.
A snow storm may be headed for Marblehead Monday afternoon and leave up to 7 inches of heavy snow in its wake before tomorrow's morning commute. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch, forecasting 4-6 inches of snow as temperatures drop to the low 20s with 15-25 mph winds and gusts up to 40 mph. Meanwhile, the local forecast for Marblehead says 3-7 inches. "There is still some uncertainty on the amounts, which will depend on the exact track of the [storm]," says the Weather Service. If the storm does blanket the Marblehead area, snow is expected to arrive late this afternoon or early evening and continue through the night. Marblehead may at first see snow showers for the afternoon, turning into heavy snow tonight. …
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.