We’ve had quiet weather over the past week, but it could have been different this weekend. We missed out on a big winter storm over the weekend that had the potential to impact us, but by late last week it looked like it would stay far enough away.
It did bring snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain to much of the southeast united states. The reason it missed western Massachusetts was due to the fact that we had a strong area of high pressure in place. This high served almost as a block to keep storms away and it stopped the storm in the southeastern United States from coming up the coast.
We also had a split jet stream. The jet stream to the south was too far south to bring the storm into western Massachusetts and the jet stream to the north was too far north to bring other storms along.
The jet stream is a strong area winds high in the sky that can serve as a track for storms. In this case the jet stream stayed away so storms stayed away.
This has also resulted in a long dry stretch of weather for us here in western Massachusetts, but as we head into the weekend the pattern looks to change.