Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Great End of Week, Shaky Weekend for Graduations


We have ourselves a very nice couple of days coming up for Thursday and Friday. We will see totally sunny skies and temperatures warming up to near 80 degrees after our cool day today with temperatures staying in the mid and upper 60's in SNE. Tonight will be a chilly night with mid to upper 30's in the coldest valleys, but rebound some 30 to 40 degrees to make it to tomorrow's high temperatures. Friday will be slightly cooler, but still a knock out day, sunny and mid 70's with low humidity. Then we get a little shaky for Saturday as we will have some scattered thundershowers that could become a general period of light rain. That should come to an end early Sunday morning, but we could still see a shower on Sunday, with mostly cloudy skies and a wind off the water, keeping temperatures coolest at the coast, low 60's, while areas in the CT River Valley could get as high as 70 degrees or higher. Monday is one more day of coolish conditions with the chance of a few showers and highs in the mid 60's. Then we should start to warm up and see highs rebound back into the 70's to get into the middle part of next week.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend, Start of Summer

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Can you believe it? We are already half way through this 2008 calender year and are now entering the 'unofficial' start to the 2008 summer season. I don't know how many of you went off to the mountains or beaches this holiday weekend with gas prices up over $4.00/gallon, but if you did, you picked a winner. Today, Saturday is a little bit cloudy, but still nice temperature-wise, with highs getting to around 70 degrees. Tomorrow and Memorial Day Monday will be absolutely perfect with highs getting up into the mid 70's tomorrow, maybe around 70 on the eastern facing shores right on the beach, with upper 60's on the south facing coasts, but on Monday we will all bake with a one day stand of sunny skies and highs getting into the mid and upper 80's metrowest and eastern facing beaches, but low 70's on the Cape and mid 60's South Coast. The transition day will be on Tuesday with a few showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon as a cold front comes through to return us to below normal temperature wise for the second half of this shortened workweek. We are back into the 60's for Thursday and Friday, but with the high sun angle, you will still get burned and standing in the direct sunlight with no wind, it will feel every bit as hot as an 88 degree day in July. Overnight lows get to comfortable levels, mid 40's, which will feel refreshing after perfect early summer days.

More later and I hope you all have a relaxing first weekend of 2008. Many more BBQ's to come. GO CELTICS!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Rain and Lots of it on the Way...COLD too.

Its been over a month since I last posted on this site, but I came out of spring hibernation this week because there is some crazy weather that is going to affect our area starting tomorrow and continuing into next week. If you take a look at the temperatures for Monday and Tuesday of next week, your eyes are not deceiving you. Those say that the highs will be in the low 40's on Monday and only around 40 degrees on Tuesday as a coastal bomb gets going SE of southern New England. First we get to tomorrow's storm. Expect a coastal storm to develop south of New England with rains developing during the morning here. Rain will become heavy during the afternoon hours and continue to fall moderately to heavily through the overnight hours. The rain will not let up until early Saturday morning. The winds will come off the ocean and allow temperatures to get into the mid 50's before the rain starts and then during the afternoon, temperatures will cool down to the upper 40's to around 50 here in eastern New England as that is what the ocean temperatures are. Then we get a one day reprieve on Sunday with highs actually getting up to around 70 degrees with a little bit of sunshine. That is all we need this time of year, just a little bit of sun and we are pushing 70 degrees.

That is what makes it all the more remarkable for what could happen early next week, Monday and Tuesday. A coastal storm will cut itself off from the jet stream and sit off the coast with a cold pocket of air developing over the New England area. It will be a mighty cold system with even low elevations having temperatures in the low 40's with heavy windswept rains. Up over 1000-2000' here in SNE, there may actually be some wet snow mixed in with the rain in these elevated locations. Its still way too early to get into specifics with snow in May, but the big story is that its going to be very cold.

We get another brief break midweek next week before another rainmaker moves in late week with cold conditions. Its a poor outlook for outdoor activities and sports. Sorry.