Thursday, May 9, 2013

Flood Advisory and A Moderate Drought

A flood advisory has been issued for many areas in Eastern Massachusetts as well as Northern RI and NE CT.
NWS Boston Advisory Page
Several waves of thunderstorms are moving through Southern New England.  These storms will drop heavy rainfall in a short period of time. 
NWS Boston Radar 412 pm
The news is welcome as the new US Drought Monitor was released today.  A good portion of Southern New England is now in a moderate drought.  The good news is that these areas have received the most rain over the past few days  which is not taken into account until next week.
Northeast Regional USDM 
Massachusetts close up
Nearly all of Worcester, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden County's are in moderate drought as well as slivers of Berkshire and Middlesex counties.
The Western half of RI is in moderate drought.  The Eastern half is abnormally dry.
In Connecticut the entire state save for the extreme NW and SW corners is in moderate drought.  CT, in particular the Hartford area, has received the most rain today and yesterday.  The storm total for today, through 426.  Keep in mind this will go up in Worcester County and SE MA 
NWS Boston radar storm total estimate 426 pm
Tomorrow looks to be dry through and temperatures should soar towards 80 with a SW wind ahead of cold front
18z NAM hires 2 m temp 1 pm Friday (image weatherbell)
Weekend details in the morning however my thoughts from earlier today remain on track with one exception.  I believe the rain for Southern New England holds off until Saturday morning.

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