Showing posts from April, 2017

Seasonable Mid to Late Spring Weather Through Tuesday

UPDATE- Thunder!  I expected this to be further north, but here we are.  

High pressure is in control to our north which has lowered temperatures considerably from just yesterday.  A cold front dropped south of Southern New England yesterday afternoon/evening.  You probably noticed the wind increase if you had all your windows open like yours truly. Mother Nature is going to have a hard time making up her mind in regards to what type of weather she wants us to have over the next 48-72 hours.  Let's try to time it out.

General Overview/Short Term Forecast
Temperatures as of 10 AM are in the low to mid 50's.  Temperatures will get into the low to mid 60's.  Our first chance of rain showers will be in the early afternoon hours today, mainly north of the Pike.
Some of that convection in New York will reach MA/NH/VT between 1-3 PM.  The visible satellite shows clear skies right now, but lots of clouds to our west.
Notice the well-defined spin in Oklahoma and Kansas?  That is the…

Friday AM Shower/Rumble of Thunder

It's a mild morning out there with temperatures running in the mid to upper 50's already.  There are a few showers and thunderstorms moving across Southern New England (SNE) right now.
The cell moving along the CT/RI coastline has produced several lightning strikes.  The bulk of the activity looks to be in CT, RI, and SE MA including the Cape and Islands.  Here is the future radar from 7 AM to noon time.
Just looking at the current radar I think this is overdone a bit.  I'm not sure the extent will reach Boston.  A cold front to our west is responsible for the increase in temperature and moisture this AM.  The front is weak and it will fall apart as it reaches the Atlantic.
The skies will clear by the late morning across interior SNE and for most of the region away from the immediate coast by 2 PM.
This will allow for temperatures to reach the mid to upper 70's.  A few locations in the traditionally warmer spots will reach 80.  My money is on Bedford, Westfield, or L…

Steady Rain Ends Today, Low Lingers Tomorrow

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

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

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.
On Saturday a warm front wi…

Some Midday Rain Showers/Storms

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…