No matter what your profession, I’m sure it’s interesting listening to the general public, who aren’t in the field, talk about your vocation. I’ll bet you have heard someone say something about what you do for work where you cringed or perhaps even laughed. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a doctor and people are speaking about medical procedures or you build houses and your neighbor is pontificating about the proper way to do a renovation. It’s the same if you’re in technology and you hear someone say how bad a piece of software was developed or you’re the coach who everyone else tells which plays you should have run.
I can see the humor in the jokes about meteorologists, even the one about it being the only job you can be wrong and still keep. (btw a professional baseball player can strike out 6 out of 10 times and still be a star) Aside from that, it is amazing to me hearing so many people this winter talk about the weather. In New England, weather has always been a number one topic of conversation, but it’s off the charts this year. My unofficial survey says most of you are sick of winter, but there are those among us who still want more. For the record, I was done with winter about the time that rodent was telling me to forecast 6 more weeks of it.
This has been a cold and snowy winter for the vast majority of the population in the United States. This fact, combined with all the talk on climate (I’m not going down that path) has created and interesting dialogue between the media and general public. I am only observing, not judging or concluding. I just find it fascinating, from a sociological standpoint, to see how the media portrays the weather and climate while as the same time listening to how the public speaks about it. I find the two are often at odds or have very different perspectives from each another. Each can make sweeping generalizations or interpretations, which I suppose is symptomatic of this period in our collective history. I’m not sure I have a brilliant conclusion about any of this; it’s just something I notice, perhaps you have as well.
Our next storm
The basic overall pattern the next 10 days continues a pattern of frequent precipitation, a few days of mild weather and a return to below seasonal averages of temperatures to conclude this snowy and cold month.
For a wide swath of the country, this will be a top 5 snowy and/or cold winter. If Boston reaches 60 inches of snow, this will only be the third time since records have been kept we have seen two back to back winters over 60 inches of snow. Those records go back to the late 1800s. Clearly, this season has tested our patience and resiliency as New Englanders. It’s also put a strain on our wallets with significantly more money needed to stay warm.
When it starts
Tomorrow we have another small to medium size storm which will quickly push across the region and bring a swath of snow from the Midwest to the coast of Maine. Again, like so many storms this year it hits hard and fast, but keeps on moving along.
I’ll be updating the progress of the snow Tuesday on Twitter @growingwisdom.
The heaviest of the snow will fall from mid-morning to late afternoon/early evening with impact to the evening commute being the greatest from Boston and points north and west. Temperatures will be marginally cold for snow south of Boston, but as the snow falls hard it can cool the atmosphere and keep it snowing longer into the afternoon and evening even south of Boston.
At times the snow could fall at rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour, similar to what we saw Sunday during the later part of the afternoon. This will make travel difficult and could delay some aircraft from landing and taking off. The good news is the system is moving quickly so I don’t expect large amounts of snow. I also feel the airports won’t be as affected as past storms because New York, Philly and DC will stay under 2 to 3 inches of snow with this storm.
The precipitation winds down during the evening commute, but the trouble on the roads will have already occurred. It’s not the kind of storm that will keep folks home tomorrow, but it’s enough to create another slow journey home. The map above show the bulk of the precipitation to our north at 7PM.
The pattern continues active the next 5 to 7 days, but on the plus side it won’t be cold enough for any more snowstorms for a while. The image below gives a good picture of what is to come for basically the rest of February.