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Festivals & Fireworks for the Week of The 4th!

June 29th, 2013 at 10:40 am by under Weather

The fireworks have already been launched in some towns, as we launch into 4th of July week.  Here’s a listing of western Massachusetts fireworks displays and festivals on wwlp.com.    Take note of the rain dates on some of theses events.  While I don’t expect much nocturnal rain this upcoming week; we’ll let you know if an event is postponed due to weather.

Also, before you head out onto or into the Connecticut River, keep in mind that recent rain has most rivers and streams running high and fast.   Strong current and debris (floating and underwater) will make boating challenging.  You can get updated information on Ct. River water quality from the Pioneer Planning Commission.  They have a great website with frequently updated bacteria levels, up and donw the Pioneer Valley.


River Tracking Resources

June 7th, 2013 at 8:25 pm by under Weather

With 2-4 inches of rain on the way, flooding is a concern this weekend in western Massachusetts.  There are a couple of excellent websites where you can track the current and forecast levels of rivers here in western Massachusetts.

1.  The Northeast River Forecast Center:  This map shows current and forecast levels for many of our major rivers in western Massachusetts.
2.  US Army Corps of Engineers:  Shows current and past level and flow of several western Massachusetts rivers.  This website also shows levels of flood control reservoirs. 

Keep in mind that even after it stops raining, rivers will continue to rise.  In fact, some will continue to rise into Sunday.  Rivers and streams will be running dangerously high and fast this weekend.


Tornado Climatology

May 20th, 2013 at 9:17 pm by under Weather

Take a look at this map.  As you can see, climatology shows us Oklahoma is in the heart of tornado season right now.  The collision of cold air from northern North America and warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and other parts of southern North America can have tragic results.


Tornado Confirmed in Eastern Massachusetts, May 9

May 10th, 2013 at 2:52 pm by under Weather

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA

1100 AM EDT FRI MAY 10 2013

…PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY RESULTS INDICATE AN EF0 TORNADO OCCURRED

IN STOUGHTON MA THURSDAY, May 9th…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN TAUNTON MA CONDUCTED A STORM

SURVEY THIS MORNING IN STOUGHTON MA IN NORFOLK COUNTY. RESULTS OF

THE SURVEY INDICATE A HIGH END EF0 TORNADO MOVED THROUGH STOUGHTON

MA ON WASHINGTON STREET THURSDAY AFTERNOON APPROXIMATELY 433 PM.

ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE AN EF0 TORNADO HAS WIND SPEEDS THAT

RANGE FROM 65 TO 85 MPH. MORE SPECIFIC DETAILS WILL BE ISSUED BY

EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE…WHICH CAN BE FOUND AT

WEATHER.GOV/BOX.

$$

NOCERA

Here’s amateur video of a funnel cloud in Stoughton, from Thursday.


May 6 Is Melanoma Monday!

May 6th, 2013 at 2:47 pm by under News, Weather

It’s Melanoma Monday!  A day set aside by the American Academy of Dermatology, to raise awareness of Melanoma, and how to prevent it.  The most important thing to keep in mind s that there is no such thing as a “healthy” tan.  Sunscreen & sunblock are essential to skin health.  The American Academy of Dermatoligists has a great Melonoma awareness page.  The Melanoma Foundation of New England is also a great resource.  Melanoma survivor Meghan Rothschild (a Pioneer Valley local!) has a great web site, www.survingskin.org.  Protect your skin this summer, and all year long!


International Space Station Visible Thursday Night!

April 25th, 2013 at 7:03 pm by under News, Weather

Whoa! I almost missed this! You can see the International Space Station TONIGHT (Thursday) over western Massachusetts. At 8:06pm look to the West/Northwest. The ISS will cross the sky to the South/Southeast for 4 minutes!!!  (Thanks to  National Weather Service Boston MA for the heads up!).  CLICK HERE for details on when and where  to look.


SkyWarn Training THIS WEEK In Greenfield

April 24th, 2013 at 9:25 pm by under Community, Weather

It’s the season for severe weather! That’s why we need your help in spotting severe storms. The National Weather Service SkyWarn program is a network of trained storm spotters. This is a very important part of the severe weather tracking process.
If you’re interested in becoming a SkyWarn Spotter, you must attend a SkyWarn training session. These sessions are educational, entertaining and at times, very funny! There are two opportunities to attend SkyWarn training this year in western Massachusetts. The first is on May 1st in Greenfield, at the Greenfield Transportation Center. The second is on May 9th at the Heath Community Center. CLICK HERE for detailed information on the SkyWarn training dates, times & locations.


Snowfall Totals

February 8th, 2013 at 8:14 pm by under News, Weather

Here are the latest snowfall totals.  Thanks for your reports at reportit@wwlp.com:

8:00PM:
Buckland  5.0″
Easthampton 5.5″
Holyoke 5.0″
Ware 5.0″
16 Acres 4.0″
Ludlow 4.0″
Montague 5.5″
Southwick 7.0″
Westfield 7.0″

9:00PM:

Tolland 10″
Blandford 8.0″
Southampton 8.0″
Turners Falls 8.0″
Greenfield 7.0″
Northampton 7.5″
Conway 7.0″
Holyoke 7.0″
Montague 7.0″

12Am Saturday
Hampden 13″
Belchertown 12″
Ludlow 13″
Wales 16″
Forest Park 12″
Agawam 10″
Brimfield 14″
Wales 16″
Worthington 12″
Chicopee 11.5″
Wilbraham 13.5″
Longmeadow 16″
Springfield 11″
Egremont 5″
Ware 9″
Russell 15″
East Longmeadow 9″
Granville 24″
Holyoke 10″
Becket 8″
Palmer 12″
Gilbertville  12″
Southwick 16.5″ 
Pelham 13.0″

1:00AM Saturday 
Huntington 18″
West Springfield 13.5″
Holyoke 17″
Chicopee 16.5″
Indian Orchard 12″
Ware 11.5″
Easthampton 17″

 


Top Snowstorms for the Springfield Area

February 8th, 2013 at 11:55 am by under News, Weather

Here’s a list of our top six snow storms (plus a few other notable storms) for the Springfield area. These measurements were taken at or near Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.  Many thanks to our pal, and former Westover ARB Chief Meteorologist, Curt Osgood for providing us the data!

  1.  22”     2/28-3/1    1949
2.  20”     2/15-2/16   1958
3.  19.4”  2/5/2001
4.  19”     1/12/2011
5.  18.8    1/7-1/8 1996
6.  17.2″ 3/31-4/1 1997

Blizzard of 1978 (2/6-2/7, 1978)  14.5″
Oct 29-30 2011, snowstorm 12.9″
3/13-3/14 1993, “superstorm” 14.6″

As you can see from the list, it’s pretty tough to get more than 20″ of snow in a single storm in Springfield!   This is part of our reasoning to keep our snow forecast generally under 20″.

#winterstorm22news


Full Moon Wednesday Night

November 28th, 2012 at 9:42 pm by under Weather

Viewer submitted photo by Noel

Take a look outside at the full moon tonight! 

November’s full moon is the “Beaver” moon.   The planet Jupiter and the star Aldebaran will be shining near the moon tonight. 

Enjoy!