The Blackstone Valley Dodged A Bullet

- The Blackstone Valley dodged a bullet with the twin 7/26 tornadoes.  They were bad enough and its almost a miracle that there are no injuries.

Nocturnal TornadoThe 230 AM arrival time meant most people were sleeping.  Nocturnal tornadoes account for only 27% of all tornadoes, but they are responsible for 39% of all tornado deaths. No Tornado WarningThe National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning at 232 AM.  It arrived at 232 according to the NWS Public Information Statement about the tornadoes.  A Tornado Warning would likely have triggered the emergency alert feature on many cell phones.  There was no real warning.  I don't blame the NWS.  They issued the Severe Thunderstorm Warning when the velocity scan reached the threshold for severe wind.  It was a unique small supercell as the SPC Mesoscale Discussion called it, but not until 3 AM.  This was on no one's radar.MEMA claiming that there was warning is technically true, but they are fortunate there were n…

National Weather Service Confirms 2 Separate Tornadoes in the Blackstone Valley

The National Weather Service in Norton has confirmed that two separate tornadoes touched down in the Blackstone Valley early this morning.  The twin twisters were each rated at EF-1 with winds of 100 MPH.  The first touched down in Douglas and tracked through Uxbridge and into Northbridge before lifting up around Lasell Field and Pine Grove Cemetery.  A second tornado touched down in West Upton around Main Street.

Severe weather in Southern New England is just different than the rest of the country.  Rare is the big discrete supercell thunderstorm that is common in the Midwest and Southern US.  They do happen;  the 1953 outbreak that produced the infamous EF-4 Worcester tornado and the EF-3 Sutton-Northbridge-Mendon tornado (by my records the last tornado to track through Northbridge) were classic supercell thunderstorms.  This storm was anything but.  I didn't see a single flash of lightning.  But it is consistent with a few tornadoes that have hit Massachusetts in the past few y…

Widespread Wind Damage in Upton After Wild Storm

Main St now open to traffic. Storm damage isolated to section of Main St, Warren St & Ephraims Way. 10 residents displaced from damaged home will be assisted by @RedCrossMA. @nationalgridus working to restore existing outages. DPW working to clear obstructed roadways. — Upton Police Dept (@UptonPolice) July 26, 2018 A small section of Upton, MA is recovering this morning after a severe thunderstorm brought severe damage to Main Street, Warren Street, and Ephraims Way around 240 AM.  National Weather Service survey teams will investigate to determine whether or not this damage has been caused by a tornado or a microburst.  Early indications are that this is a tornado, but the final assessment is to be done by the NWS.
Upton: daylight reveals a better picture of the very confined damage on Main Street. This tree and another that are down are not tipped in the same direction. While that alone doesn’t confirm a tornado, it does suggest rotation. pic.twitte…

Back To My Roots

June 1 is a significant day in meteorology both locally and across the Western Hemisphere.  It was 7 years ago today a devastating severe weather outbreak began in the morning hours in Central/Eastern MA/Northern RI and was capped by a high end EF-3 tornado that tore through Springfield and into Southwestern Worcester County.  I graduated from college just days prior with no job prospects in the field of meteorology (at the time I blamed the job market- in hindsight I should have done more with the opportunities that were available to me in college).  June 1, 2011 inspired me to start a blog which I did a week later right here at this exact address  I wasn't "in the field", but I was still actively practicing the science of meteorology.  I was looking to justify the money my parents and I spent on my education and this filled that role for me.
I blogged off and on for 6 years covering events such as Hurricane Irene, the 2011 Halloween Snowstorm…

The Special Report Series Fall 2016-Spring 2017

To my potential future employers- here is some unique content that I have generated on this blog.

June 1, 2017- June 1, 2011, tornado AS IT HAPPENED from a meteorologists perspective
May 13, 2017- The Southern New England Gypsie Moth invasion
April 4, 2017- The Southern New England drought situation
March 29, 2017- A Look Back- the 1997 April Fools Day Blizzard
March 11, 2017- Did You Really Think Winter Was Over? HA!
February 26, 2017- Severe Weather on February 25 for Second Straight Year
February 2, 2017- State of the Southern New England Winter
December 24, 2016- Patriots on Christmas Eve
December 8, 2016- Make December Snow Great Again

Thank you.

To My Readers...I Have An Annoucement

Six years ago, I graduated from Umass Lowell with a degree in Environmental Studies and an option in Atmospheric Science.  It was the realization of a lifelong dream that began back in 1996.  It was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done.  But then reality set in.  I didn't have a job in the field and college was over.  I didn't want to go back to school even if deep down I knew I needed that Masters degree (I still need it, perhaps this fall!).  Then a few days after graduation a supercell thunderstorm produced a high-end EF-3 tornado that tracked from Westfield to Sturbridge, producing extreme damage in downtown Springfield, Monson, and Brimfield.

I tried to post pictures and images on Facebook but that is not the best place to live forecast an ongoing tornado outbreak.  That night I decided I would start my own weather blog.  It was called New England Weather and Sports but the sports were quickly dropped.  Instead, I focused on severe thundersto…

Weekend Getaway- Bringing the Heat!

An upper atmosphere disturbance will rotate through Southern New England this afternoon which will fire off some showers and thunderstorms.  A coastal storm that largely missed Southern New England will drop a 0.5" of rain throughout much of Maine today.  Tomorrow a boundary will sag south into Central New England.  A few isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible because of this.  On Sunday temperatures will soar into the 90's.

The radar this morning shows some leftover rain showers across the Cape and Islands and heavy rain in Downeast Maine.  In Eastern New York, showers have developed to the west of the Hudson River Valley.  This is part of the upper atmosphere disturbance.
Precipitation will continue into the afternoon in Maine.  The rain across the Cape and Islands should come to an end by lunch time.  The showers in Eastern NY will move into Vermont, New Hampshire, and Western Massachusetts around noon.  The projected surface chart for 2 PM shows this s…