Danielle Niles is the Meteorologist for CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV Morning (4:30AM-7AM) and Noon News with co-anchors Kathryn Hauser and Chris McKinnon.
A native of Weymouth, MA, Niles joined WBZ-TV News from New England Cable News where she spent five years as weekday morning meteorologist.
Before that, Niles was a forecaster at Weather Services International in Andover, MA where she provided forecasts for private companies.
Niles is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Lowell where she earned her bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, and was captain of the women’s varsity soccer team.
She then went on to earn a master’s degree in meteorology at Florida State University.
Boston’s WBZ-TV and sister-station myTV38 (WSBK-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.
The April Fool’s Day blizzard of 1997 won yesterday’s contest…so it’s on to the next matchup! Who can forget last winter? It was the all-time greatest seasonal snowfall for Boston at an impressive 110.6”. 2011 on the other hand started with a bang! An historic nor’easter struck just days before Halloween.
Today’s match up includes the infamous 100 hour storm of 1969 versus the April Fool’s Day Blizzard of 1997. Let’s start with the former…This extremely slow moving storm dumped snow in our area from February 24-27. The 26.3” that fell in Boston still ranks as #3 in our all-time greatest snowfall. The April Fool’s Day storm came just hours after an Easter Sunday in the 60s and dumped 25.4” in Boston – good for #4 in the record books.
We thought we’d have a little fun and choose some big weather events that have impacted New England and have YOU decide which storm will end up as the “winner.”
The coveted 70 degrees….an unofficial rite of passage into the Spring season. And while we’re still 13 days away from the Vernal Equinox (astronomical start to Spring), we’ll be basking in sun and potential record setting warmth come midweek.
It’s been a soggy start this morning but thankfully the last of the wet weather will be pushing offshore by late morning. We’ve already reached our highs for the day as temperatures will now fall through the remainder of the afternoon, dropping into the 30s by early this evening. Gusts to 35 mph will create wind chill values in the 20s by late afternoon!
Well Part 1 of our storm didn’t cause too much of a disruption here in New England, but Part 2 could create some issues tonight into tomorrow. The threat for severe storms extends up and down the eastern seaboard today, with the highest risk over eastern North Carolina and Virginia. While we may see some isolated strong thunderstorms here at home tonight, I’m not anticipating any widespread severe weather in eastern New England.
After a taste of Spring this weekend, our temperatures are slowly sliding back down on this rollercoaster of a ride we call New England weather. Our next storm arrives in two parts and will impact southern New England with snow, freezing rain, downpours, thunder and damaging wind gusts through midweek.
Snow will transition to a wintry mix and then rain starting Monday night.
We’ve pretty much dissected the cold every which way this week. It’s here. It’s going to be brutal for a couple of days. And then it’s out as quickly as it came in. Don’t underestimate the power of this arctic air mass.
Areas of light snow have developed this morning as some upper level energy slides over southern New England; expect additional bursts of snow to come through this afternoon and early evening. Our atmosphere has a lot of instability today, so similar to summertime thunderstorms, any snow showers that develop today could get a little “feisty” so to speak.