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About this blog

Update: Future blog posts will be made as stand-alone threads in the forums. You can filter for them using the "chasing snow" tag.

 

Bryan K. Woods, Ph.D. founded Northeast Mountain Sports and publishes this blog dedicated to skiing and winter weather. He received a B.S. in Meteorology from UMass Lowell and his Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale. He is an expert in mountain meteorology with multiple peer-reviewed publications. He worked for five years as a Senior Staff Scientist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc and its parent company Verisk Analytics. He is currently a Principal Engineer at HERE Technologies, the Open Location Platform company.

Bryan lives in Chelmsford, MA with his wife and ski tuning bench. He spends his winter weekends in North Conway, NH or elsewhere skiing. He is actively involved in the Eastern Inter-Club Ski League (EICSL) as its Secretary, and a Board member of the Makusue Ski And Sport Club in North Conway, NH and ACE Ski and Board Club in Chelmsford, MA.

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Subtropical hybrid coming our way

As promised, a potent October storm is heading our way. I know I promised this would be a ski weather blog, but I might as well post something to give me something to do this morning. Bottom line is watch out for strong winds and heavy rain. Coastal flooding is not a concern as the tides are low. I'm not expecting widespread flooding, but it sure is going to be wet! Expect widespread 2-4" rainfall totals. See the NAM rainfall forecast below. The real threat with this storm is going to

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Weatherman

 

Another week of wet ahead, then November comes

As promised, the last two days featured wet weather brought up by a strong southerly flow pumping up the subtropical moisture. I wish I could say that we're done with it, but the week ahead looks to bring very similar weather. The frontal boundary parked on top of the New England coastline isn't going to clear the region until Friday. Behind it dry weather should settle in for Saturday and the start of Sunday. However, by Sunday evening we'll see a return to the strong subtropical flow from the

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As you were

Fall sucks. All sorts of waiting around and getting your hopes up. I know we were talking about skiing next weekend, but I'm much more pessimistic now. As I mentioned before, the outcome is all going to depend on the transition, and right now that looks wet. All the way through Halloween the cold air stays out over the Midwest, and the firehose of humidity gets pumped right at us. In the plot above note the surface winds out of the southeast pumping in moist (high dewpoint). The front

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Weatherman

 

October regime change

There's no doubt that October 2017 has been warm so far. The foliage season is an unequivocal bust. So let's look forward to ski season! The next week is going to be a beautiful stretch of warm and dry fall weather. It'll be a great time to get some yard work done and tie up all those loose ends before ski season arrives. I'll personally be staining my porch railing this weekend. But the warm weather is going to come to an abrupt and wet end in the middle of next week. Behind this transitio

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Wax those skis!

Winter is coming! Sorry for the delay. I'm currently in Montreal for a multi-day bachelor party which has been a little... distracting. But I wanted to let everyone know the good news: regime change is on the way! It's too early to be giving many specifics, but start thinking seriously about opening day in two weeks. The signs have been there for a while, and I'm now confident enough to post it. It's time to make contingency plans for skiing in late October. I'd clear my calendar for t

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Weatherman

 

Warm weather continues

I've been meaning to post an update for days now, but there just isn't much to say. Expect the warmth to continue for at least the next two weeks. There are hints of a pattern change coming up after that, but those hints are always there. The weather models often become dominated by seasonal-scale forcing at this time of the year. Changes in the energy balance happen so quickly that they are hard to ignore. We've already seen daytime highs cool by nearly ten degrees since the start of the warm s

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Climate change and skiing in New England

Today's post goes out by special request of @Los. He asks: That is a depressing thought! The good news is that your children will not be facing a world without snow, thought they almost certainly will live a much warmer world than you did. We live in warmer world than our grandparents did. Remember the prolonged cold of the winter of 2014-15? That used to be a typical winter a century ago. Though with increasing greenhouse gas emissions it's likely the changes over the next century with b

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Enjoy the warmth

I know some of you are looking forward to cool fall weather. Unfortunately it just does not look promising for the long term. This week will be summer-like warm, followed but a brief cool down for the upcoming weekend stretching into early next week. Surface temperature anomalies for the upcoming weekend But that fall-like weather will be short lived. Look for a return to warm weather upcoming for Columbus Day weekend. It'll likely be beautiful for getting outside but will likely

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Tropical dance and regime change to follow

The next week is going to be a story of change in the East. This weekend will be (pleasantly?) warm will high temperatures reach into the 80s. For those of us yearning for winter weather, we'll need to wait a bit longer. But if you want one last shot at summer fun, Sunday may be your last chance! The 850 mb temperature anomaly map below show just how unusually warm this weekend is going to be. Notice that warm bubble in the middle of the Sargasso Sea? That's Hurricane Maria on her way

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Hello world!

Welcome to the inaugural post of "Chasing Snow." This blog will feature weather in New England with an emphasis on winter weather and skiing. How often will it be updated? As frequently as needed. Expect post to slow down over the weekend or other times when I am too busy skiing to talk about the weather. Will you tell me the best place to ski every weekend? Absolutely! At least I hope to give you the information you need to make an educated decision. What content will y

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