You’ll notice this post is coming at an odd hour as it contains info outside the scope/format of the typical morning updates. The order of operations will be a couple quick notes not directly related to the forecast followed by forecast information for the next few days. A quick rundown of the notes can be found below.
Note 1 (Beach to Beacon)
Note 2 (Patreon Update)
Note 3 (Weather.us Blog)
Note 4 (Programming This Week)
The post will end up being on the longer side, but I’ll break it down into smaller sections. Don’t find a section interesting or relevant to you? Just skip to the next one.
Note 1: Beach to Beacon
Since many of you either know me personally, or have spent a while supporting what I do either on the Patreon page or just by reading the blog here, I figured I’d share a few words about a very cool opportunity I got to pursue this summer in case folks might find it interesting.
Over the course of the past couple weeks, I’ve had the great privilege of being involved in the planning process for the TD Beach to Beacon 10K held in Cape Elizabeth. I helped provide weather information to the organizers of the race so that they knew what to expect in terms of race day weather and could plan accordingly. I got to work with some really awesome people who play crucial roles in making sure an event for over 10,000 people goes off smoothly.
Naturally, I learned a lot by participating in such a process. I got to see some of the inner workings behind a major sporting event, and I learned what sort of weather information is really important (and comparatively less important) to the organizers of these large events. Some variables (temperature/humidity/chance of thunder) are very important, while others (sky cover/winds/chance of rain) are much less so.
When I first ran the race three years ago, I never imagined that just a few short years later I would get to be a part, however small (the weather was about as nice as it gets this year), of making it all happen. This is the kind of awesome stuff that happens when a great community lends their steady support to a kid with a passion. So thank you!
They even gave me a cool t-shirt!
Note 2: An Update On Forecaster Jack For The Coming Year
This time last year, I wrote a post explaining that as I was going off to college and free time was dwindling while expenses were increasing, I was going to launch a Patreon platform where readers who were interested could pitch in a few bucks so that I would be able to justify spending time writing forecasts for ME and NH.
The support I got has continued to be really awesome, so I will continue the daily posts for the year going forward. If I’m out of internet range for a few days, I will continue to post multi-day discussions before I leave so that you’re never without weather information.
One change for this year regarding the Patreon page is that all the proceeds will go straight towards educational expenses for the coming year (tuition, textbooks, transport to/from school, etc.). The cost of college is only headed upwards, and while my family and I are still able to afford it, making those ends meet will require a little more effort on my part. With that in mind, if you haven’t yet considered supporting me and this page but would like to, the link can be found here.
Thanks again to all those who chip in a few bucks, I couldn’t do this without you!
Note 3: Weather.us Blog
In case you didn’t know already, I’ve spent the better part of the last two and a half years working for the weather data website weather.us. In addition to other responsibilities, I help maintain their blog which is nationally focused.
Many of the blog posts at blog.weather.us focus on weather that doesn’t impact Maine/New Hampshire so thus is likely of little interest to the audience of this page. However, I also have been building up a collection of generally focused blog posts explaining various weather phenomenon, many of which do impact our area at one time or another. If you’re interested in learning more about the atmosphere and miss some of my longer and more detailed posts, take a look at the weather.us blog. Hopefully you’ll find it at least somewhat helpful!
An example of a schematic used in a blog.weather.us post to explain the sea breeze and how it forms.
Note 4: Programming This Week
I will be headed back out of internet range this week beginning tomorrow and ending on Thursday. As a result, you won’t see daily posts pop up in your feed, but you can refer back to the next few sections of this post which will have. Daily updates will resume on Friday. I anticipate having at least one opportunity early in the week to log onto the computer to type out any forecast updates that become necessary by that time, but plans change and that might not be entirely possible.
Now For The Forecast Half Of This Post
Tomorrow will feature some really nice weather as a cool airmass moves in from Canada. High temps likely will sit around 70 in the northern mountains while the rest of us rise into the upper 70’s to low 80’s. Dew points will drop into the 40’s across most of the area (excluding the very immediate coast) and a northwest breeze will add to the refreshing feel. This is about as good as it gets for August!
Temps and dew points both creep up about 3-5 degrees for Monday. Highs in the low 70’s north, low 80’s south. Cooler temps will be found along the coast where a sea breeze will make more headway inland compared to Sunday. Mostly sunny skies and dry conditions will continue across the region.
The forecast gets a little trickier on Tuesday with the approach of an upper level disturbance from the west. At the very least, you can expect more clouds to overspread the region during the day along with a few showers. The best chance for showers will be in New Hampshire and in Maine’s northern mountains. Depending on exactly how much cloud cover there ends up being out ahead of the disturbance, we may end up with sufficient instability for a thunderstorm or two. Again, the best chance for that will be in the west and north.
High temps will depend largely on cloud cover, but should be a bit warmer ranging from the mid to upper 70’s in the north to the mid to upper 80’s in the typical inland warm spots. As always, cooler temps will be found near the coast.
Another upper level disturbance crosses the region Wednesday with another round of clouds, showers, and thunderstorms possible. The intensity of those storms will depend on how much clearing we can get out ahead of the front to heat things up and generate instability. I hope to update this forecast if I can get some internet Monday or Tuesday. Highs will be right around seasonal averages, similar to Tuesday (mid 70’s north, mid 80’s south, cooler along the coast).
It should be noted that the timing of the disturbance set to cross the region on Wednesday remains uncertain. There is some chance it gets hung up in Canada and arrives a day late, in which case Wednesday could end up being a decent day.
Depending on what happens with the Wednesday disturbance, Thursday could either see improving weather, or a round of showers and storms. Either way, the best chance for rain will likely be in the morning with drier air more than likely moving in after lunch. Temps will remain seasonably warm before out next shot of cooler air moves in next weekend. As with Wednesday’s forecast, I hope to update this either Monday or Tuesday to offer some more clarity.