June 29th, 2013 at 10:40 am by Brian Lapis 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.
June 7th, 2013 at 8:25 pm by Brian Lapis 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.
May 20th, 2013 at 9:17 pm by Brian Lapis 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.
May 10th, 2013 at 2:52 pm by Brian Lapis 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
Here’s amateur video of a funnel cloud in Stoughton, from Thursday.
May 6th, 2013 at 2:47 pm by Brian Lapis 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!
April 25th, 2013 at 7:03 pm by Brian Lapis 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.
April 24th, 2013 at 9:25 pm by Brian Lapis 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.
February 8th, 2013 at 8:14 pm by Brian Lapis under News, Weather
Here are the latest snowfall totals. Thanks for your reports at email@example.com:
16 Acres 4.0″
Turners Falls 8.0″
Forest Park 12″
East Longmeadow 9″
West Springfield 13.5″
Indian Orchard 12″
February 8th, 2013 at 11:55 am by Brian Lapis 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″.
November 28th, 2012 at 9:42 pm by Brian Lapis 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.