Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The National Weather Service is taking public comment on whether they should change their system of classifying winter weather "watches," "warnings" and "advisories" for more straight-forward language.
Is a winter storm warning more serious than a winter storm watch? Or is it the other way around? The National Weather Service is experimenting with new language to simplify the existing system of "watches," "warnings" and "advisories." For instance, this winter you've read Patch weather stories with lines like "the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning." But next winter we'd instead be writing "The National Weather Service has issued a warning for a dangerous snow storm." You can look at side-by-side examples of the current and proposed text from a weather station in Maine. Here are a few more examples: You can tell the Weather Service your opinion through March 31 via this link. Me, I'm skeptical when the government …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Wind gusts could hit up to 50 mph and the strongest winds are expected during the afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Sunday, lasting morning until night for blustery winds that could take down large tree limbs and possibly cause some isolated power outages. The advisory is in effect across much of Southern New England from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Westerly winds of 15-25 mph are expected with gusts up to 50 mph. "The strongest winds should occur this afternoon and evening," says the NWS. The NWS says wind gusts that strong are capable of knocking down small tree limbs and branches, possibly leading to some isolated power outages. Driving may also be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.
Monday, August 1, 2011
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of Massachusetts after the western part of the state was rocked by storms.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of eastern Massachusetts for Monday afternoon, including North Andover. The National Weather Service in Taunton issued the watch at 2:35 p.m. on Monday, saying that conditions are favorable for formation of severe thunderstorms through 10 p.m. Severe thunderstorms can produce damaging wind, dangerous lightning, heavy rain and hail. The severe thunderstorm watch comes after the weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook on Monday morning saying that strong or possibly severe thunderstorms containing damaging winds and large hail are most likely to occur between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday. Already in western Massachusetts, some storms containing hail were reported in Amherst, …
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Tornadoes and hail ravaged parts of the state but bypassed North Andover.
New England was ravaged by severe storms Wednesday afternoon and evening that produced several tornadoes and golf ball-sized hail and resulted in four deaths. At about 8 p.m. Wednesday night, weather radars showed a large ominous red/purple menace on track to roll over the Merrimack Valley. North Andover was right in its path eastward. But by 9 p.m., the ground was still dry and the flowers were still intact. That large menace of a storm had banged a right and headed south. Yesterday morning, the region was hit with heavy rain and, in some areas, hail. Then things calmed down and it looked to be a decent day -- until the afternoon, when the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for much of New England including the Merrimack …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Strong winds and possible thunderstorms are expected tonight.
The National Weather Service has released a hazardous weather advisory for this afternoon and this evening for the Merrimack Valley. Thunderstorms and scattered rainfall are expected. Forecasts say heavy rainfall and localized flooding are the most likely threats in the storm. There is also a small chance that the storm may become severe with “straight line” winds. This release was provided National Weather Service based in Taunton.