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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 …
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's that time of year again when the Thursday PM commute starts to look like the Friday PM commute and the Friday PM commute just sucks. If you have ever left the Boston area on a Friday in summertime you know exactly what I mean. The silver lining is a lot of people are heading off to weekend getaway's so let's focus on the positive and give the forecast for the vacation regions of New England. In this case, it's the destination that matters, not the journey. Short Term Outlook
An upper-air disturbance with a pocket of cold air will enable the development of scattered showers and thunderstorms across all of New England this afternoon. The regional radar is showing some shower development in upstate NY and Northern New England.
An upper-level trough will serve as the trigger for shower and thunderstorm development. It is shown here in the projected 2 PM surface chart.
The showers will pop around 1 PM in Southern New England and coverage will be regionwide until 7 …