|Sunset over the Pioneer Valley, 6/23/2015|
Photo by Meg Rosa
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
This is serious everyone. A Tornado Watch has just been issued for Hampshire County until 11 p.m. tonight. Which also, by the way, means you can expect thunderstorms through that period as well. Stay tuned to the changing conditions, keep your ears out for any sirens from UMass, and generally just stay aware. And figure out a plan for where you can take shelter if necessary. Stay safe!
Monday, June 22, 2015
The buzz around the New England weather community has taken an uptick overnight, as anyone who keeps an eye on stormy weather is turning their attention to tomorrow afternoon. There is the potential for scattered to numerous strong to severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening across Western, Central and interior Northeast Massachusetts, Northern Connecticut and extreme Northwest Rhode Island. At this point, Central and Western Massachusetts have a slightly higher potential for severe weather than the rest of the area. (Are you excited yet?) Damaging winds, large hail and poor drainage flooding are the main threats, but there does exist the potential for an isolated tornado or two.
The threat will be contingent on any cloud debris from any shower and thunderstorm activity that occurs Tuesday morning and how much destabilization occurs. Many other parameters look quite favorable for severe weather potential including very strong wind shear profiles. Although this is the most favorable severe weather setup modeled for the spring/summer 2015 season (so far), keep in mind that predicting severe weather threats 36-48 hours in advance - particularly in Southern New England – is more difficult than predicting nor'easter and other major storm events.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
And, what's more, we will be treated to sun this afternoon, so don't worry about getting wet if you're headed to the UMass Sunwheel this evening at 7:30 to bear witness to the setting sun (details here).
Friday, June 5, 2015
|Puffer's Pond (photo by Joshua Wolfsun)|
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
|Quabbin Cumulus - 4/23/2015|
Quabbin Reservoir - Photo by S. Vardatira
The cold continues today, with slightly diminished winds.
Bring back spring!
Friday, April 10, 2015
Slow down to a crawl and hope-there's-a-line-down-the-middle-of-the-road kind of fog.
And in the meantime, enjoy this Boston.com article that came out a few weeks ago about Amherst's very own Salamander Crossing, and the very thing that was taking place tonight.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
|What is this? (Photo taken 3/21/2015)|
Photo by S. Vardatira
- I took the picture yesterday.
- I wasn't in Amherst at the time.
- But I was within driving distance.
- Think spring!
We've had a run of comments on this on our Facebook Page - thought I would share them here so our blog readers could have some fun. And the solution is at the very bottom. :)
Leslie likes this.
- Head in the Clouds Amherst I'll give the answer tomorrow (hopefully others will keep guessing), but as for where, check out Davenport Maple Farm in Shelburne (they are on Facebook). I was there for the first time this weekend and can't believe I've been here for 20 years and just discovered them. Absolutely the nicest, friendliest, lovely people (four generation family run), and the views are spectacular. Restaurant, sugar house, and be sure to check out their Finnish pancakes. Awesome. They are open for two more weekends - do not miss this!