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Weekend Forecast and General Weather Thoughts

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The upper level disturbance that brought a round of severe weather to New England yesterday has moved offshore and it has taken the humidity with it.  It left a mark in Methuen as a microburst (a real confirmed one) with 70 mph wind gusts  uprooted 20-30 trees.
Overall there were many wind reports in New England and even a few hail reports.
Temperatures this morning are in the 70's, on the way to low 80's inland and mid 70's near the coast.
Here is the surface chart as of 8 am.  Notice the cold front to the south of the region and also the front in the upper Midwest.  High pressure is in control over the interior northeast.  This is temporary
 At 500 mb

 By later this evening the high will slide offshore and the front from the Midwest will slowly move east.  Dew points will rise into the 60's again tomorrow, but not before a nice evening in which temperatures will not drop out of the 60's in Southern New England.  Up north temperatures will fall into the 50's.

UPDATE 12 PM- Severe Thunderstorms Possible Today

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As anticipated, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK (SPC) has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for most of New England (and parts of NY, NJ)
 The Southern New England radar is quiet for now
But to the northwest storm coverage is increasing.  Nothing is severe...yet
With temperatures expected to max in the mid to upper 80s and clear skies
I feel scattered thunderstorms will develop.  Boston-Worcester-Hartford north and west has the greatest chance to see a severe storm, though the Blackstone Valley and Eastern CT are not out of the woods.  Keep an eye on weather.gov/box or NWSBoston on twitter for severe thunderstorm warnings.  Facebook is not reliable during severe weather.

-Zack

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Welcome back to the blog.  A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the northwestern half of New England yesterday.  The primary hazard was wind and this verified
Offshore high pressure has introduced a southwesterly wind in Southern New England.  With this comes warm and …