Cool and Rainy Today

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Today will feature cool temps and rainy weather, especially in the morning, as the first part of a long-duration storm moves in from the west. Observations this morning show rain underway south and west of Portland/Fryeburg as of 6:45. Precipitation will continue to advance northeast through the morning, falling as rain for most areas but mixing with some snow/sleet up in the mountains. No accumulations of note are expected outside the very highest summits.

Rain will taper to showers and eventually drizzle this afternoon as dry air moves in aloft, but northeast breezes will keep thick clouds locked in place across the area. The northeast wind, thick clouds, and precipitation will keep temps on the chilly side today with highs ranging from the upper 30s in the north to around 50 in SE NH.

The next phase of the storm will arrive tomorrow as low pressure rapidly intensifies southeast of Cape Cod. If this were December, we’d be talking about snowfall totals in feet, but alas it’s October so just a few inches of soaking rain will accompany some gusty winds and coastal splashover. More details tomorrow morning.

-Jack

Clear for Most of the Day Before Clouds Return This Evening

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Today will feature mostly sunny skies for most of the day before clouds begin to arrive this evening ahead of our next storm system. Temps will rise from frosty lows earlier this morning into the mid 40s up north and mid 50s along the coast with a bit of a NW breeze.

Our next storm will arrive with rain and possibly even a snowflake or ice pellet up in the mountains tomorrow.

-Jack

Cold Front Approaches Today

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Today will feature the approach of a seasonably strong cold front which will put an end to our latest run of mild weather. We’re well into October now which means the atmospheric juice needed to support thunderstorms is hard to come by, but there will be just enough instability to support a few pop-up showers especially along the coastal plain northeast of Portland this afternoon. Before the front arrives, some showers and clouds from earlier this morning will depart to the northeast leaving breezy southwest winds and clearing skies across most of the area with some thicker clouds remaining in the mountains. High temps will occur on the earlier side especially in the north and west where mid/high 50s this morning will give way to 40s this evening. Down along the coast, downsloping and patchy sunshine will support highs in the mid to upper 60s before temps fall later this afternoon/evening.

-Jack

Northwest Flow Backs Off A Little Today

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Today will feature slightly less breezy conditions as northwest flow backs off a bit in response to the low pressure system causing it moving farther to the northeast. That said, we’ll still be under the influence of our favorite upslope/downslope pattern, especially up in northeastern parts of the area. Low clouds will hang tough up in the mountains of Maine while clearing develops over in NH. Temps will actually range quite a bit across the area today as we sit right at the edge of some chilly air aloft. The northeastern mountains will top out in the upper 40s under partly to mostly cloudy skies. The sunshine over the coastal plain won’t be enough to help much northeast of Augusta where highs will range from the mid to upper 50s. Farther southwest though, the sunshine will team up with warmer air aloft to support much warmer temps. Interior SW Maine will rise into the low/mid 60s while southern NH gets into the upper 60s/low 70s.

A stray shower can’t be ruled out up near Jackman but otherwise, today will be dry.

-Jack

Cool, Breezy, and a Bit Unsettled Today

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Today will feature cool temperatures, breezy northwest winds, and some unsettled skies as we continue to sit near the southern periphery of an upper-level low. Look for partly to mostly sunny skies downwind of the mountains this morning while upsloping keeps the higher terrain under thick clouds. As the day progresses, heating of the surface will allow clouds and some showers to spill off the mountains and make a run towards the coast. Temps today will be cooler than they have been, though not too far off seasonal norms, ranging from the high 40s up north to the mid 50s in southeastern NH.

-Jack

Much Cooler Today

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Today will feature much cooler temps and a fairly classic upslope/downslope pattern as Canadian air pours in on northwest breezes. Look for highs near 50 up north where clouds will remain thickest and scattered showers are possible. Along the southern coast, downsloping will keep skies sunny and temps a bit higher, generally within a few degrees of 60. Up along the midcoast, clouds are taking a bit longer to leave this morning and there are still a couple showers in progress. Those should clear up soon, but may be enough to hold temps in the mid to upper 50s.

-Jack

One Last Mild Day Before Strong Cold Front Brings Us Back to Fall

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We have one more mild day to get through today before a strong cold front sweeping in from the west will bring us back to where we should be this time of year in terms of temps. The storm’s warm front is currently draped across the area and radar is picking up on some showers in central NH/coastal Maine as of 9 AM. These showers should dissipate and lift northeast over the next couple hours leaving us with mostly dry weather by midday as we await the arrival of the cold front.

The midday dry period may even feature a break or two of sunshine especially in southern NH and parts of Maine south of Portland. Temps will top out in the low 60s way up north and along the Midcoast with mid/upper 70s over interior parts of southern NH/southwest ME.

The cold front won’t arrive until after dark, around 8-9 PM in NH and 9-11 PM in Maine. This means that thunderstorms forming along the front will be running out of juice by the time they get here. A few rumbles of thunder and some gusty winds are expected, but this isn’t traditionally the type of setup that brings significant impacts from thunderstorms.

Winds for most of today will be breezy from the south-southeast, especially near the coast before shifting towards the west after the front passes.

-Jack

Cooler and Cloudier Today

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Our run of extraordinarily mild weather is beginning to come to an end today as we get some cooler marine air ahead of a big cold front that will cross the region tomorrow and usher in seasonably cool air from Canada. Satellite imagery this morning shows low clouds locked in across most of the area with a few clear spots in southern and western NH. This is due to a backdoor cold front draped near the NH/ME border separating cool marine air to the east from warmer continental air to the west. Today’s weather will be driven primarily by this feature.

East of the front in Maine and eastern NH, look for thick clouds to remain stuck overhead throughout the day. Light south-southeasterly breezes will keep temps in the upper 50s to low 60s, and patches of drizzle/light rain are possible.

West of the front in western NH, skies will feature a mix of sun and clouds with light south-southwesterly breezes keeping the mild weather rolling. High temps will top out in the upper 60s to low 70s, and the better shot for a shower or two will come in the late afternoon as some instability develops due to the unseasonably warm and humid airmass.

A quick peek at the weekend forecast shows two rounds of showers on tap tomorrow morning and evening as a storm tracks up the Saint Lawrence Valley. Between the system’s warm and cold fronts, breezy southerly winds will bring one last day of mild weather before colder air moves in behind the front for Sunday.

-Jack

Mild Once Again Today

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Today will feature continued mild weather as we remain on the warm side of the jet stream which currently runs from the Desert Southwest up through the Plains towards Hudson Bay. Skies are starting out mostly clear along the coast with some valley fog and low clouds upwind of the mountains. With light northwesterly breezes settling in today, expect our usual upslope/downslope pattern to continue providing clearer skies to the foothills/coast while the mountains remain stuck with overcast. This afternoon, some showers might pop up in the mountains as a weak disturbance passes overhead. Temps will follow our usual upslope/downslope pattern with mid 60s up in the mountains and mid 70s along the coastal plain.

-Jack

Very Mild Weather Continues

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Today will feature continued very mild weather as southwesterly breezes continue to push warm air into the region from Mid Atlantic. Skies are starting sunny this morning but some clouds may try to move in from the west this afternoon. The best chance for clouds will be up along the Canadian border. High temps will continue to range from the upper 60s/low 70s way up in the mountains and along the Midcoast to the mid/upper 70s in interior southern areas as well as some of the foothills farther north. Not much precipitation is expected in the area today, but a stray late afternoon shower can’t be ruled out in the CT Valley.

-Jack