All posts by Jack Sillin

I’m Jack Sillin, freshman at NYA, snow-lover, enjoyer of the outdoors, and of course, weather geek. My passion for weather began several years ago when I was about six years old on a series of long plane trips while watching countless hours of The Weather Channel. My skills have evolved rapidly in the past few years from excitedly refreshing the radar on the local TV weather page (I’m still guilty of that from time to time…) to waking early to analyze complex charts and graphs every day to produce a forecast. I’m hoping to pursue a career in the NWS someday. Aside from the weather, I’m a big skier and lover of all things cold and snow. I also like to do many other outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing when the snow is no longer around. I can be reached through twitter @JackSillin and via email at jack.sillin@gmail.com.

Pretty Great Weather Expected Today

Hello everyone!

There’s not much to say about today’s weather except that it will be pretty great. Temps will rebound into the high 50s north and mid 60s south. Skies will be mostly sunny with just a few high clouds drifting over western areas this afternoon. No precip to think about. Get outside and enjoy it!

-Jack

Brighter For Most Today

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Northwesterly breezes behind yesterday’s storm system will bring brighter skies back into the mix for much of our area today, especially downwind of the mountains. The sunshine will help offset the cooling effect of the incoming Canadian airmass, and temps will range from the mid 40s up north to the mid 50s along the coast this afternoon. A few spotty showers can’t be ruled out northeast of Augusta as some instability develops on the southwestern edge of that storm system this afternoon. Otherwise, today will be mostly dry.

-Jack

Cool and Showery Today

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Today will feature cool temps and showery weather as a couple more storms pass near and over the region. The first round of steady rain moved through earlier this morning, and lighter/more showery activity is now in progress over much of the area. This will continue into the mid afternoon hours at which point another round of steadier rain will arrive from the southwest. Temps will remain on the cooler side as we sit under thick overcast and onshore flow. Look for highs ranging from the mid 40s across most of Maine to the low 50s over in the CT Valley.

-Javk

Cool and Unsettled Weather Continues Today

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Today will feature continued cool and unsettled weather as two storms pass nearby. Neither will be close enough to bring steady rain, but showers are possible especially closer to the coast this morning associated with a departing coastal storm and then up in the mountains this afternoon associated with a storm moving through Canada. Cool northeasterly flow between the two systems will keep temps limited to the upper 40s/low 50s for most, with the exception of a few spots northeast of Augusta that might break out of the clouds just long enough to make a run at 60.

-Jack

A Bit Cooler and More Unsettled Today

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Today will feature slightly cooler temperatures and a bit more cloud cover as a storm hovers off to our southwest. It’s taking its sweet time drifting our way, but most spots south and west of Bethel/Waterville/Belfast are seeing clouds this morning as a result of its presence. This will be the general trend for today with a couple stray showers occasionally dripping from the cloud deck especially in central NH. Temps will remain on the cooler side under the thickest clouds over the Whites and into the Portland-Lewiston corridor where highs will struggle into the mid/upper 50s. Farther northeast, patchy sunshine will warm a cooler airmass into the low 60s, while southern NH enjoys much warmer temps in the upper 60s to low 70s south of the warm front. A strengthening easterly breeze will keep coastal towns on the cooler side as well, especially this afternoon.

-Jack

Lovely Spring Weather Today

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Today will feature some really lovely spring weather as a series of weak cold fronts slide through the area. Winds will pick up again this afternoon, but will be more from the west than the northwest at least in most spots. This means that there will be less cool air moving into the area, and more of an opportunity for downsloping to boost temps alongside the strong May sun. Look for highs today to range from the upper 50s up in the mountains to mid/upper 60s across much of the foothills-Belfast corridor to mid 70s south of Portland. With westerly breezes taking hold over the area, it will be tough for the sea breeze to make much inland progress this afternoon so even coastal areas will be able to get in on some of the warmth. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny today with the best chance for overcast this morning along the midcoast and this afternoon in southern NH where a few spotty showers are possible.

-Jack

Cooler, Brighter, and Breezier Today

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Today will feature cooler temps, brighter skies, and breezy winds as the storm that has been languishing in our vicinity since Wednesday afternoon moves off into Canada. Cooler air is moving in behind the storm, though now that we’re entering May, the chill doesn’t really have much of a sting to it anymore. Highs will range from the upper 30s up north to the low 50s along the southern coast. Morning clouds will clear out this afternoon, especially downwind of the mountains. As the sun comes up and heats the ground, the atmosphere will become configured a bit more favorably for mixing strong winds aloft down towards the surface. So expect winds to pick up through the mid-afternoon hours before slackening slightly this evening. Gusts should top out between 30 and 35 mph so while you’ll want to hold on to your hat outside, power outages should remain very widely scattered, if any occur at all.

-Jack

April Showers Continue Today

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Our recent stretch of unsettled weather will continue today as low pressure moves lethargically from the Gulf of Maine in the general direction of New Brunswick. The mountains and foothills north of the low’s center (say from a Fryeburg-Lewiston-Camden line on north) will see the steadiest rain today, but almost everyone will find themselves under a shower at some point. The best chance for rain in southern areas will be this afternoon when modest instability will try to develop in support of some more convective activity. Aside from a few rogue sunny breaks over southern NH this morning, skies will be overcast across the board. Northerly breezes and thick overcast will keep temps limited to the mid 40s up north and mid 50s elsewhere, with a few readings near 60 possible where the sun peeks out in southern NH.

-Jack

April Showers Continue Today

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Today will feature continued shower activity as another wave of low pressure develops along the frontal boundary that has been parked over the region for the past couple days. We’ll remain north of the front today, which means that temps will be right around normal and winds will be light from the east. You wouldn’t have to drive very far south, into central MA, to sample an early taste of summertime humidity this afternoon. Thankfully we have a bit longer before we have to deal with the scourge of dewpoints above 60.

Satellite imagery this morning shows overcast skies locked in place across all of New England except for parts of Maine northeast of Moosehead Lake. It is possible that the northeastern edge of the low cloud deck might slide back towards Skowhegan/Waterville over the next few hours, but thick mid/high clouds are already advancing from New York so any sunshine will be short-lived.

The radar is pretty quiet this morning, but showers will return to southern NH as early as 10-11 AM. With some elevated instability, a couple rumbles of thunder can’t entirely be ruled out though the odds of a thunderstorm are much higher in the soupy air to our south. By mid/late afternoon, rain will be advancing into central NH and southwestern ME, and by sunset, everyone will be seeing much-needed steady rain.

Steady, soaking rains will continue for much of the night with most spots picking up 1-2″ of much-needed water. With low river/stream levels and a very gradual pace of accumulation, no flooding issues are expected from this system.

High temps today will range from the upper 40s along the coastline to around 60 in the hills northeast of Augusta.

-Jack

Mild and Mostly Cloudy Today

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Today will feature mild temperatures and mostly cloudy skies as a stalled frontal boundary lounges overhead. Satellite imagery this morning shows some sunshine over northern and eastern parts of the area, but sadly this will be short-lived as the front attempts to slide north this afternoon. Though we will technically be on the cooler side of the boundary, there isn’t exactly a whole lot of cold air in the vicinity. As a result, temps will remain mild today with highs ranging from the low/mid 50s along the Midcoast peninsulas to the mid/upper 60s for most of the rest of the area and low/mid 70s in southwestern NH.

A wave of low pressure will ride along the boundary later in the day today, helping push clouds past their current frontier from Augusta over towards Bethel. That low pressure will also provide some much-needed rain for southern areas. Showers look to arrive in western NH around 5 PM, possibly accompanied by a few rumbles of thunder. Most of southern Maine will have to wait until sunset (7-8 PM) for rain to start falling. A few storms in southwestern NH might bring some gusty winds this evening, but I’m not expecting any major problems with severe weather at this point.

-Jack