Less Humid Today

Hello everyone!

Canadian air is moving into the region from the northwest this morning behind the cold front that touched off showers and storms yesterday. This isn’t a powerful polar blast by any means, but dew points are falling below 60 in most of the area which is a very nice change from the past few days.

While dry air moves in at the surface, tropical moisture will be streaming in aloft from the remnants of Ida. This means morning sunshine will be short-lived in the south and along the coast while the mountains should enjoy a mostly sunny day. High temps will range from the low 70s up north to the low 80s along the coast. Any precipitation from Ida will remain well to our southwest today, arriving in our area sometime tomorrow afternoon/evening.

-Jack

Warm, Humid, and Stormy Today

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Today will feature warm and humid weather along with some afternoon thunderstorm activity as a cold front approaches the area from the northwest.

Skies this morning are starting out mostly cloudy, which will be the primary inhibiting factor for severe weather activity this afternoon. Some patches of sunshine along with southwesterly breezes will push temps into the low or perhaps mid 80s across most of the foothills and coastal plain this afternoon (mid 70s along the coast NE of Portland and up in the mountains), but even with sultry dew points in the low 70s there won’t be a ton of fuel for thunderstorms (this is due in part to how the rest of the atmosphere is configured, it’s not just a surface temperature problem).

Either way, look for showers and storms to pop up in the mountains a little after noon and then head towards the coast. Damaging winds seem to be the biggest threat in any storms that do form, with flash flooding coming in second. The amount of rain produced by storms today will be somewhat limited by how quickly they are expected to move east.

Drier air will filter in from the west beginning this evening.

-Jack

Cloudy and Quiet Today

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Today will feature cloudy and quiet weather as we remain wedged under some maritime air from Canada. Thick clouds are visible on satellite imagery or out the window this morning, and they seem unlikely to move out of the area quickly. We’ll be stuck with these clouds throughout the day which will hold temps in the 60s for most of the area. Some low 70s are possible over southern NH where a break or two of sun is possible. Just like yesterday, there will be some showers periodically dripping from the bottom of this cloud deck, but I don’t think they’ll be widespread or long-lived. The best odds seem to once again be up in the mountains closer to the warm front.

-Jack

Mostly Cloudy but Mostly Dry Today

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We’re seeing plenty of cloud cover out there this morning, especially in Maine. As a frontal boundary begins to approach from the west, we’ll see clouds stick around and thicken up a bit during the rest of the day. There’s plenty of dry air near the ground that will buffer us from precip developing overhead, but by the evening hours a few drops could be making it to the surface especially up in the mountains. The thick clouds and slightly cooler airmass will hold temps in the mid 70s for most of the area, with some upper 70s possible in parts of southern NH that see more sunshine.

-Jack

Much Nicer Weather Expected Today

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Today will feature much nicer weather as high pressure builds in from the north. Humidity will be chased off to our south by this system, and while relief will be slower to come by down in southern NH we should all enjoy a breath of fresh air by this afternoon. High temps will range from the mid 70s up north to the mid 80s down south with northwesterly breezes pushing milder air all the way to the coast. The last little bit of humidity I talked about earlier will provide just a little but of fuel for scattered shower activity near the MA border, but otherwise most of us should remain dry. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny across the area.

-Jack

Hot and Humid Today

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I’m now all unpacked down here in Ithaca and ready to actually restart regular updates as classes get underway. Unfortunately, the atmosphere has just about picked right up where I left off with hot temperatures and oppressive humidity. A cold front will attempt to bring some relief this evening, but in the process will introduce the risk for some showers and thunderstorms.

Skies start partly to mostly sunny this morning with the thickest clouds located up in the mountains/northeastern foothills. Those clouds should break up over the coming hours, enabling strong heating to push temps into the upper 80s up north and low 90s down south. Dew points will once again surpass the 70F mark which will make it feel even hotter.

Clouds will start to pop up again this afternoon as the front approaches from the north. The mountains and northeastern parts of the foothills are most likely to get a shower or storm later this afternoon/this evening, but one can’t be ruled out farther south. There isn’t a huge severe threat with these, but some gusty winds are possible in the stronger cells.

Shower activity wanes this evening ahead of another mild and humid night. Relief from the humidity will arrive from the north early tomorrow morning, especially up in the mountains.

-Jack

Warm and Humid Today as Henri Approaches SNE

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Today will feature warm and humid weather as Tropical Storm Henri approaches Southern New England. While the storm will stay too far southwest to bring significant impacts to Maine or New Hampshire, its plume of moisture will be large enough to overspread the region starting this morning.

As a result, you’ll really notice the humidity kicking into high gear today. Patchy sunshine this morning will push temps up into the low to mid 80s before clouds thicken later this afternoon. Some of those clouds will be dropping rain especially over southern and western parts of the area as Henri’s farthest outer bands interact with an upper-level trough to our west. I’m not expecting much in the way of impacts, but be aware that wet weather is possible.

As I mentioned before, I don’t see any significant impacts to our area coming from Henri as it will have plenty of time to fall apart over cold water and land before arriving here. There will be some gusty showers tomorrow through Tuesday but aside from perhaps some potential localized flooding, this should be pretty tame up here.

-Jack

Warm, Humid, and Rainy Today

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After a few days on the road, I have made it most of the way back across the country so updates on the weather in northeastern New England are back.

Today’s weather will be dominated by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred which will be passing overhead. Fred has dragged some of the Gulf of Mexico north with its circulation, and as such today will feel more like New Orleans than Maine. Look for overcast skies, warm temps (70s), and tropical dew points (also 70s). Fred will bring bands of heavy rain beginning in the next hour or so over southwestern NH and starting midmorning farther northeast up in Maine.

The heaviest rain will cross the region from southwest to northeast during the early to mid-afternoon hours. Thunderstorms embedded within the broader system during this time could produce extremely intense rainfall capable of leading to flash flooding. The atmosphere is also set up as favorably for tornadoes as it ever will be in Maine, and I would not be surprised at all to see some tornado warnings go up this afternoon especially southwest of a Portland-Fryeburg line. Keep an eye out for either flash flood or tornado warnings this afternoon and take a minute to refresh your memory on what to do in the event of each (tornado = go to the basement/interior room, flash flood = get to high ground, both at the same time = as low as you can go without being flooded).

Rain will taper off this evening slowly from southwest to northeast with humid air lingering.

-Jack

Still Hot and Humid Today

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Today will feature continued hot and humid weather as a cold front sadly remains to our west. Look for morning fog and stratus along the coast (especially the Midcoast) to burn off to sunny skies over the next couple hours. That sunshine along with southwesterly breezes will once again push temps into the low to mid 90s for most of the area with just a few upper 80s scattered along the immediate coast (even cooler if you’re in Rockland or nearby!). Dew points will actually drop a bit from yesterday especially over the north and mountains where a pocket of drier air will pass by overhead. Down south though, it will be another day of >70F dew points making Maine feel a lot more like Miami (I believe our 78F dew point yesterday beat Miami but if it didn’t, it at least got very close).

Precipitation chances once again look somewhat limited today as the best forcing to get thunderstorms going will remain locked well to our northwest. If we can manage to pop a storm or two off the mountains this afternoon, heavy rain, frequent lightning, and gusty winds would all be worth keeping an eye on. We have a very unusual amount of thunderstorm fuel in the tank, it’s just a matter of finding a match to set it off.

One more brutally warm and humid night before a cold front brings sweet sweet relief tomorrow (especially in the evening).

-Jack

Dreadfully Hot and Humid Today

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The nicest and most appropriate thing I can say about today’s weather is that it comes straight from the depths of hell. Morning clouds over northeastern parts of the area are burning off and will give way to bright sunshine by midday. This sunshine, combined with southwesterly winds, will push temperatures and dew points well past what any sensible person would deem reasonable. Highs look to range from around 90 up in the mountains to 95 in the foothills and usual warm spots just inland. Dew points will surge into the mid-upper 70s, nearly unprecedented for Northern New England. That will put heat index values firmly in the upper 90s to low 100s.

For those wishing to escape such horrific air, points south of Route 1 and east of Brunswick will be your friend as winds take on more of a southerly/ onshore component. Highs here will top out in the 80s. Hop on a boat and head into Penobscot Bay to find nice temps in the 70s (and some fog).

All this heat and humidity will provide plenty of fuel for thunderstorm activity this afternoon, but there isn’t much of a match to unleash such energy. Our best bet is probably for storms forming over New York and Vermont to wander our way later in the afternoon/evening. These storms may be quite potent from a damaging wind perspective, especially in western NH.

Another miserably humid night will follow tonight before more heat tomorrow. Relief will come in the form of a cold front on Saturday.

-Jack