Thursday, May 2, 2013
The dry weather and expected winds on Thursday afternoon raise fire threat.
The National Weather Service is warning of an increased risk of brush fires because of the extended dry weather conditions across New England. The NWS said the dry weather has created “unsafe burning conditions” with dead grass, leaves and brush at greater risk to catch fire. In addition to the dry conditions, winds may reach 20 to 30 mph this afternoon, which could cause brush fires to spread. The NWS warned that most wildfires start as open burning by homeowners.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Rainfall combined with snow melt may cause rivers and streams to overflow.
Lexington residents living near local waterways will want to keep a keen eye on those water levels over the next few days. According to the National Weather Service, a flood watch has been issued for much of the region, including Lexington. From Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning, residents can expect up to an inch of rain. Combine that with anticipated snow melt and small streams can be expected to flood, the NWS said. A flood watch means there is the potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Residents are advised to be on the alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Says the NWS: Any flooding of small streams is expected to be …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
As a strong cold front moves through the area tonight, high wind gusts are expected.
Hold on to your hats -- high winds are making their way into the region this afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory and hazardous weather outlook early this morning warning of strong winds that will be moving through Massachusetts later today. According to the alert, strong winds will to develop late this afternoon and into the overnight hours. Forcasters expect winds to be around 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. The winds could cause some minor damage as well as scattered power outages. The advisory will be in effect between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. The strongest winds are forecasted to hit Massachusetts after 7 p.m. According to the NWS: A wind advisory is ussued when sustained winds are forecast …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The National Weather Service issued a warning for powerful thunderstorms in the area for Saturday night.
The area could be hit by severe thunderstorms, warns the National Weather Service, and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued through 11 p.m. tonight. The storm could produce lightning and may knock down trees and take down power lines in Eastern Massachusetts. Stay tuned to Patch for further updates. Editor's Note: The thunderstorm warning is in effect until 8:30 p.m., while a thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 11 p.m. The above has been corrected.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Forecasts say possible thunderstorms later today and wash out the heatwave that's had temperatures hanging around 90 over the past few days.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a hazardous weather outlook and severe thunderstorm watch for Lexington and surrounding communities as forecasts say severe thunderstorms could roll in later this afternoon or early this evening. According to the NWS statement, the storms are likely to contain damaging winds, hail and torrential downpours. Typically the risk of severe thunderstorms lessens around sunset, but that's not the case today, July 18, as the severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect through 9 p.m. tonight. "Strong storms will likely continue into the evening, with the main threat becoming flash flooding," the NWS statement says. According to the Lexington-specific forecast, showers are likely and a thunderstorm …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
With scorchers in the forecast for the next few days if you can't beat the heat, you might as well stay safe.
With a heat wave in the forecast and temperatures expected to reach the upper 90s over the next few days, local officials are taking precautions to help Lexington residents avoid heat-related emergencies. Town swimming facilities will be open extended hours through Friday, June 22. The town pool complex will be open from 12 to 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22. The Old Reservoir will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on those same days. Additionally, the Board of Health has issued a number of health precautions, including old standards like drinking plenty of fluids, wearing light-colored clothing and avoiding direct sunlight in the middle of the day. Late Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service…
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Lexington's looking at three days with possible isolated thunderstorms in the forecast before the weather clears in time for the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
With possible isolated thunderstorms in the forecast for the next three days, the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for much of New England, including Middlesex County and Lexington. According to the NWS advisory, isolated thunderstorms are possible, primarily across interior New England, with possible threats including gusty winds and small hail. That hazardous weather is also possible for Thursday and Friday across New England, the advisory says. Scattered showers are in today’s forecast, with gentle winds, a daytime high of 66 and overnight low of 52, according to the NWS. However, possible thunderstorms join scattered showers in the forecasts for Thursday and Friday before the weather clears for the …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Full moon will be closest to Earth in nearly 20 years.
Grab your telescopes and cameras and look to the heavens Saturday night. That’s when we’re in for another “supermoon.” Astronomers are saying that this supermoon will be even more super than usual. “The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,” Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. told USA Today. This supermoon (a phrase coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979) will appear especially large because the moment of perigee—when the moon is closest to the Earth in its monthly rotation—will coincide with the appearance of a perfectly full moon, Smithsonian points out. During last year’s supermoon on March 19, 2011, for comparison, the perigee and full moon were 50 minutes apart. On Saturday…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory that's in effect through 2 a.m. tomorrow morning.
With the welcome warm temperatures today, it’s easy to overlook the strong winds, which themselves would be remarkable on almost any other day. But to do so would be short-sighted, says the National Weather Service, which has released a wind advisory that’s in effect until 2 a.m. tomorrow morning for many Massachusetts communities, including Lexington. According to the advisory, strong, southwesterly winds could be hazardous today, as the winds blow at 20 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts getting up to 50 mph. The winds were expected to increase in strength into the afternoon and evening, before diminishing as a cold front rolls in after midnight. “Strong winds can easily blow about loose objects, down tree limbs and branches and may result…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, but after this winter, we're feeling skeptical. Do you think we'll see snow?
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm watch for our area, including Lexington, beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing through Thursday afternoon. Snow, sleet and freezing rain are possible. Accumulations of snow could be three to five inches with "a trace of ice," according to NWS. NWS said snow will begin Wednesday afternoon and change over to a wintry mix in the evening. The heaviest precipitation is expected late Wednesday through Thursday morning. NWS said travel may be impacted by precipitation, especially if it turns over to sleet and ice or a wintry mix during the commute. Winds may gust up to 20 MPH, temperatures will be in the mid-30s and visibility may be reduced to a quarter to a half mile at times.