Another Very Warm Day Today

Hello everyone!

Today will feature another day of very warm weather, for this time of year at least. Winds will shift around to the west/southwest which will keep pushing warmer air into the region while also helping to mitigate the effect of the sea breeze. With sunny skies and warm air aloft, temps will soar into the low 70s for many away from the coast. The mountains will be just a little cooler in the mid 60s. Some of our usual warm spots could make a run at the mid or even upper 70s (looking at you, Concord NH-Fryeburg ME). The Midcoast will be a bit cooler, especially as you head closer to the water, with highs in the mid to upper 50s.

Get outside and enjoy the lovely weather!

Jack

Another Beautiful Spring Day

Hello everyone!

If you enjoyed yesterday’s weather, get ready to do it all over again today. Mostly sunny skies are in place across the region as high pressure remains lodged solidly overhead between two big storm systems to our east and west. Bright sunshine will heat inland areas to the low 70s today with 60s farther north. With so much warmth inland and no strong westerly wind to keep the sea breezes at bay, cooler air will rush in off the water this afternoon. That’ll keep the Midcoast locked around 50 and will send temps tumbling into the 50s along and east of the Turnpike later in the day.

This evening, some of that onshore flow may contain a bit of fog right along the coast so watch out for lowered visibilities if you’re headed out and about.

-Jack

Mild, Mostly Dry, and Mostly Cloudy Today

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Today will feature mild temperatures, mostly dry weather, and mostly cloudy skies as a strong ocean storm continues to spin well to our east. Light northeasterly winds will keep clouds in the mix, especially across parts of Maine. There should be breaks of sun every now and again with the brighter patches more likely in southern NH and less likely along the Maine Midcoast. High temps will follow a similar distribution with mid/upper 40s near Rockland and mid 60s near Keene NH. Most of the area should fall within a few degrees of 55F this afternoon. While a few brief showers can’t be ruled out, especially east of Augusta, today will be mostly dry as the offshore storm slowly spins itself out.

-Jack

A Bit Drier Today

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After fairly widespread shower activity yesterday, drier weather will return to the region today despite continued proximity to the ocean storm spinning south of Nova Scotia. This storm will keep skies partly to mostly cloudy today, with the best chance for some sunshine to be found over NH and far western Maine. While winds will remain out of the north, there’s not a whole lot of cold air waiting in the wings over Quebec so temps will be on the mild side. Look for highs ranging from the low 40s up north to around 60 in southern NH. The best chance for some scattered showers will be up in the mountains and along the Midcoast-Augusta corridor.

-Jack

Cool and Showery Today

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Today will feature cool temps and showery weather as an ocean storm retrogrades south of Nova Scotia. Bands of precipitation will continue to pivot southeast through the area today with the steadiest rain and snow found from the mountains of Maine over into the Augusta area. Points farther south and west will spend more of the day under thick cloud cover, but only showery precipitation. High temps will range from the mid 30s up north to the low/mid 50s where some sunshine might be able to sneak through the clouds in southwestern NH. You’ll also notice NW breezes picking up today, though they’ll be more of a nuisance than a real power outage threat.

-Jack

A Bit Warmer Today As Clouds Increase Ahead Of Retrograding Storm

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The North Atlantic weather pattern has entered a “blocking” phase this morning which means that instead of cruising from west to east, storms across the basin are now retrograding from east to west. That means that we’ll have to think about the big ocean storm spinning south of Nova Scotia which is headed our way rather than trundling out to sea like it normally would.

Here’s a satellite view of the storm in question. Note the westward movement of clouds across the Gulf of Maine.

Before those clouds arrive this afternoon, skies will be clear across the region and temps will warm into the mid 40s north to near 60 south. north/northwest winds on the western flank of this ocean storm will push the warm air all the way to the coastline. As the afternoon goes on, clouds will increase from east to west (weird, isn’t it).

This storm will throw a band of precipitation our way later in the evening. It will enter the Penobscot Bay region around sunset and move steadily west until it fizzles out over central/western NH tomorrow afternoon. The mountains/foothills will see this precipitation fall entirely as snow with 1-3″ of accumulation expected in the favored upslope-enhanced spots. The immediate coast will see mostly rain while spots in between see a rain/snow mix with minimal if any accumulation.

-Jack

Warmer and Brighter Today

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Today will feature warmer and brighter weather as the storm to our northeast steadily moves away from the area. Light northwesterly breezes will keep the mountains a bit cooler than the coast, but looking at satellite imagery this morning, there is not much in the way of upslope cloudiness to be found. We’ve pretty much just run out of moisture to force up and over the Whites and Longfellows. Under sunny skies, the mountains will top out around freezing today while the southern coast makes a run at 50. The light northwesterly flow will keep sea breezes at bay, so this will actually be one of the warmer days so far along the immediate shorelines.

Enjoy the beautiful early spring weather and get outside if you can!

-Jack

Chilly and Unsettled Today

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Today will feature seasonably chilly temperatures and unsettled weather as yesterday morning’s storm doesn’t have enough “room” in the Atlantic to get fully out of our way. It’s currently stuck spinning near the Quebec/New Brunswick border and will keep cool air and unsettled weather in the mix for us today. Skies this morning are overcast in the mountains thanks to upslope flow and partly to mostly cloudy along the coast as residual moisture sticks around despite the drying influence of downsloping.

As we start to get a little more daytime heating in the next couple hours, low clouds may briefly mix out along the coast to allow for a period of sunshine. However, once we add a little more heat to the surface, instability-driven clouds will pop back up and by this afternoon, most of us will be mostly cloudy once again. Some of these afternoon clouds will drop snow showers which may briefly reduce visibility, even near the coast, even though accumulations are not expected outside the usual upslope spots in the mountains.

High temps today will range from the low 20s up north to the mid 30s along the coast.

-Jack

Rain and Snow Clear Out Today

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Today will feature the gradual departure of rain and snow from the storm system currently moving through the Gulf of Maine. As the system moves off to the northeast, cooler air will filter in from Quebec and lead to raindrops changing over to snowflakes up in the mountains. Outside of an inch or two on the higher summits, no accumulation is expected. Rain will taper off to showers midday as drier air starts to move in from the west, but it’ll take a while to fully clear the region of low-level moisture, so don’t expect much in the way of sunshine until possibly later this evening. With rich low-level moisture and north-northwesterly winds, expect robust upslope snow showers to continue through the afternoon in the mountains.

High temps today will be reached during the morning, and will range from the mid 30s up north to around 50 along the coast. Temps will stay more or less steady for most of the day before dropping this afternoon as NW winds carry cooler air into the region and thick clouds temper the influence of the strong April sun.

-Jack

Mild Weather Returns Ahead of Next Storm System

Hello everyone!

Another storm system is on the way this evening, and mild air will be moving up the coast on its eastern flank today. Look for southwesterly winds to pick up throughout the day, boosting temps into the high 50s north and mid/high 60s in southern NH. The Midcoast will be considerably cooler, in the mid/upper 40s, due to influences from the cold Gulf of Maine.

Any sunshine you see this morning will be short-lived as clouds move into the region from the west ahead of the front. Patchy showers/drizzle may develop in some areas this afternoon, but the main round of rain will hold off until after sunset. We’re scheduled to pick up another 0.5-1.5″ of rain with this system which is great news for our lingering precipitation deficit from a dry winter. That said, with a few other recent systems helping to make up for lost time and the seasonal melt of our snowpack in the mountains, rivers are about as full as they should be this time of year. Thus additional rain may lead to some minor flooding in the most flood-prone areas tonight and tomorrow. No major issues are expected.

Rain will end with some rumbles of thunder along the coast and some snowflakes up in the mountains tomorrow.

-Jack

Reliably hype-free weather info for Western Maine and New Hampshire from amateur forecaster Jack Sillin

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