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Ask Eric: Where Is The Wind Blowing From, Anyway?!

Eric, We are happy you recently joined the WBZ weather team. Welcome! I have a question concerning the wind.  I believe an off-shore wind heads in the off-shore direction.  Conversely, an on-shore wind heads on-shore. However, an East wind heads West (coming from the East).  This doesn’t seem consistent and is confusing.  Am I correct […]


Ask Eric: When Should I Take My Vacation

Hi, I have an option of taking one of the next two weeks off. Either the week of 10/7 or week of 10/14. Do you have a long term (14 day) forecast I can use to try and pick the nicer, hopefully warmer week? Thanks, Dave Farragher Things always get tricky that far out, but […]


Ask Eric: Why The Quiet Tropics, And Will They Pick Up?

Why has the hurricane season been less active so far and do you expect things to pick up before the season is out? – Sean A question many are asking this year Sean! On one hand, it’s been fairly odd because water temperatures are plenty warm, there hasn’t been widespread wind shear, and it’s not […]


Ask Eric: Are Temperatures Predicted For Sun Or Shade?

Are forecast or posted temperatures for what has occurred or is predicted to occur in the sun or in the shade? What is usually the difference between the two? Gina in Sterling   Gina – When we talk about temperatures on a map or in a forecast, we’re always referring to the temperature of the […]


Ask Eric: Do Tides Affect Sea Breezes?

A week ago I arrived at Salisbury Beach at 11AM on a cloudless day and was surprised there was no sea breeze.  High tide was scheduled for 12:13 that day.  By 12:30 the sea breeze developed strongly. Why (or how) would a tide affect the formation of a sea breeze? I thought I understood the […]


Ask Eric: Why Isn’t There Equal Day & Night On The Equinox?

Hi Eric, I saw on your report this evening that today daylight was 12 hours 6 minutes. But since we’re already past autumnal equinox, shouldn’t daylight be less than 12 hours? It seems odd. I thought on autumnal equinox, daylight was exactly 12 hours…  What am I missing? Thanks – Bill Grundmann Bill – The […]


Ask Eric: When Is The Actual ‘Full’ Moon?

Hi Eric – You mentioned last night that the moon was full…and Todd said the same thing this morning.  All three of my calendars say it is actually tonight, the 19th.   What’s up with that??? – Randi Whenever there’s great weather and a big, bright full moon to go along with it, it gets a […]


Ask Eric: What Exactly Does ‘Cooler At The Coast’ Mean?

When you say “cooler on the coast”  how far inland does it go.  I live in Peabody, MA so would I get that cooler temp? – Nancy Good question Nancy! This is a phrase we put on maps all the time, but leaves some people wondering the same thing. To break it down, I suppose […]


Ask Eric: With A Quiet Tropical Season, What Will Winter Bring?

With such a quiet tropical season so far what impacts can we expect for this winter in NE. –Andrew Updegrove   It always comes back to winter in New England, doesn’t it! Our tropical season has featured very few hurricanes, and the majority of named storm activity waited until September to get started. That doesn’t […]


Ask Eric: Why Are There So Many Wildfires in CA This Year?

Via Twitter: @Sheupe –@ericfisher why are there so many wildfires in California in the past several months? #AskEric The headline fire of this season in California was the Rim Fire which roared its way through Yosemite National Park. To date it has consumed nearly 256,000 acres and is still only 80% contained. There are a […]