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Steady Rain Ends Today, Low Lingers Tomorrow

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April 2017 has been very beneficial to residents of Southern New England.  Winter precipitation has beennear normal the past few years and we still entered into a moderate to severe drought last summer as the momentum was unable to hold as we approached the warm season.  So far so good as we should expect some wonderful flowers next months thanks to all these April showers.  Just yesterday 0.5 to 2.0" of rain fell east of the Connecticut River. This area has been the bulls-eye for precipitation in April.  Some communities in Essex, Plymouth, and Bristol counties are over 6" of rain for the month. In Providence, the 5.99" (and counting) is good for a top 10 spot on the "wettest April" lists.  What a difference longitude makes;  Hartford is in the middle of the pack for the month with rainfall just slightly above average. The rain is not done either.  There is more to come from this system and perhaps a bit more Friday.  Here is the Northeast regional radar loop…

Periods of Rain On The Way

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It's been a little bit since my last blog post but now that the mid-spring break is over full-time coverage will resume.  A coastal low will slowly lift north Tuesday bringing periods of rain, wind, and minor coastal flooding through Wednesday AM.  Behind the low temperatures will soar into the low to mid 70's, peaking near 80 on Sunday.

General Overview
On satellite, we see a large storm just off the South Atlantic Coast.  It has a tropical connection that stretches into the Caribbean Sea.
There is a lot of rain falling in the Carolina's this afternoon.  Flash and River Flood watches and warnings have been posted throughout this region.
This will slowly track to the north thanks to high pressure protecting the northeast.  Here is the surface chart for 8 PM tonight.
This high will work with a building ridge in the Northwest Atlantic to keep this low around longer than it is welcome.  Most ocean storms quickly race to the Atlantic Canada and into the Graveyard of the North A…

Easter/Passover Weekend Forecast

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In the meteorological world, we are now halfway through spring.  We know that's not exactly true in Southern New England, but June is now the same distance in front of the hood as February is in the rearview.   Easter/Passover weekend marks a Spring landmark for many and it looks as if Mother Nature will cooperate this year.  Above normal temperatures and mainly dry weather is in the forecast.

Good Friday
Dry with temperatures running in the low 60's today.  The National Weather Service (NWS) is noting the potential danger fire poses today.
High pressure is control over the northeast.  A few high clouds will be possible midday as an upper-level disturbance quietly tracks through the area.

Tonight winds will still have a northerly component so temperatures will drop into the 20's in Northern New England.  After midnight the winds will go calm and with clear skies, temperatures will drop into the low to mid 30's in Central/Western MA.
Saturday
On Saturday a warm front wi…

Some Midday Rain Showers/Storms

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If I were a high school athletic director, I would hold off on canceling any games or practices this afternoon until I saw the actual radar around noontime.  A cold front will slowly cross Southern New England bringing increased cloudiness and a good chance of showers and thunderstorms after noontime.  Temperatures will be around 70 pre-FROPA (frontal passage) before falling steadily into the 30's tonight.  Warmth will return by the weekend.

General Overview
I kept my windows open last night as temperatures only fell into the mid 50's.  As of 5 AM, most of interior Massachusetts was already approaching 60.  The South Coast, Cape, and Islands are all in the mid 40's.
There is some sun right now but that will change.  A bank of clouds is just to our west and this will progress east with time.  For Central MA expect increasing clouds after 10 AM.
Temperatures will steadily climb into the low 70's east of the front today.  That would include all of MA except the Berkshires…

Near Record High Heat Today

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High pressure remains in control and the warm weather will peak today with temperatures climbing into the low to mid-80's.  Some mid to high-level clouds will do little to stop the march to record high temps.   There remains an elevated potential for fire today thanks to low humidity, warm temperatures, and some gusty winds.

The clouds will in response to a cold front slowly trudging to the east.

Winds will remain from the Southwest.  Gusts of 15-20 MPH are possible.  The breeze will be welcome as temperatures soar today.
This will bring some severe weather to the interior Northeast, including parts of Vermont.  Hail and gusty winds will be the primary threats for those storms.
Overnight low temperatures will only drop into the mid 50's.  The front's slow crawl to the coast will leave it just the west of SNE by tomorrow AM.
That will keep max temperatures near 70 tomorrow, with lots of clouds and a chance of showers after 8 AM.
The best potential for showers is between …

A Taste of Summer

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The weather today was as close to perfect as you can get in early April.  Tomorrow may top today, and Tuesday may top tomorrow as a quick taste of summer arrives in Southern New England.  Some rain midweek will bring an end to the warm temperatures.

General Overview
High pressure is in control for the Eastern United States.  Winds have shifted from the NW to W and will turn to the SW tonight.
Max temperatures today are in the mid 60's.  To our south and west (our source region for tomorrow's atmosphere), temperatures are well into the 70's and 80's.
Low temperatures tonight will fall into the upper 30's on the coldest locations (Northern Worcester County) and low 40's elsewhere.  High pressure will stay just off the east coast tomorrow afternoon.  

The favorable pattern will allow for temperatures to rise into the low to mid 70's.  SW is off the ocean for the Cape and Islands so they will have to sit out the nice weather party due to max temperatures in the…