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 newenglandwx.blogspot.com. 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…
When temperatures spiked to 73 in February, did anyone actually believe winter was over? Oh, you did? Ha!
A major winter storm will impact the region beginning Tuesday morning. Confidence in a storm is high but the ultimate track is still being worked out. There is a high probability of double-digit snow totals for everyone except South Coastal New England. The final track will likely bring some mixed precipitation/rain to these areas. They hit the jackpot yesterday as many locations near the South Coast and over to the Cape and Islands reported over 6" snow Friday. A full list can be found here.
Temperatures this morning bottomed out at 6 in Worcester, 10 in Boston and Hartford, and 14 in Providence. These fall short of record territory but they will set the stage for potentially the lowest high temperature on record for the date.
Current forecasts do indeed break or tie the low max temperatures today. Worcester will struggle to get back to 15-16 while Boston should g…
It has been 6 years since the devastating June 1, 2011, severe weather outbreak that left parts of the region in ruin. The twister left a physical scar that can be seen in winter time, even years after the event.
The emotional scars run deeper as business and homeowners in the path of the twister are still struggling to rebuild and recover. Three people lost their lives, many more were injured, and millions of dollars of damage was done from Westfield to Sturbridge. This post will not focus on any of that. Instead, this will be an account of the storm from a meteorologist's perspective as it happened. We will start on May 30, 2011, to see how well this event was forecast and we will end on the evening of June 1, 2011.
May 30, 2011
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK first highlighted the potential for severe weather on June 1, 2011, two days ahead of time when they put most of the northeast in a "slight" risk in their 3-day convective outlook. A …