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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Freeze Tonight, Milder Tomorrow

Protect your daffodils and tulips! After a weekend honoring flowers, a freeze warning is in effect statewide with temperatures dropping into the mid 20s - low 30s inland, low -mid 30s shore. If you want to protect your plants bring them inside or cover them with a light blanket.

After a frosty start tomorrow, temperatures will warm up in the afternoon, climbing into the low to mid 60s. Sunshine will mix with clouds late in the day as a warm front approaches. Clouds will continue to thicken up tomorrow night with showers developing before daybreak Tuesday. Tuesday looks cloudy with scattered showers. An easterly wind will keep temperatures in the 50s. Milder temperatures return starting Wednesday with a mix of sun and clouds. Showers pop in from time to time for the end of the week.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sunny But Cool For Now...

Grab your sunglasses! After a few days of clouds and showers, sunshine has returned. But the sun will not help warm up temperatures today, remaining below average in the 50s.  A gusty northwest wind at 15 to 30 mph will add an extra chill factor. Tonight temperatures will dive into the 20s and low 30s with a hard freeze possible in inland areas. That’s cold enough to kill plants and crops!  This weekend looks dry but it’s a close call with a storm gliding just to the south. 70s return next week!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Make It Rain!

Windsor Locks 2012 Precipitation
This Year: 6.13”
Average: 11.99”
Departure From Average: -5.86”
Last Year To Date: 19.07”

You don’t need a meteorologist to tell you, WE NEED RAIN! Well someone’s dance finally paid off. A cut off low pressure system will develop this weekend bringing beneficial rain. I don’t think this will be a drought buster. But we’ll certainly put a dent in the rainfall deficit. And maybe…just maybe I can make it through a newscast without mentioning another damn Red Flag Warning.

A cut off low means the storm will be cut off from the jet stream (which normally pushes storms along). Without the connection to the jet, the storm will be stuck spinning over the east coast Saturday through Tuesday! It will not rain the entire time. In fact, I think most of Saturday will be dry with mostly cloudy skies and the chance for a shower in spots. But at some point on Sunday I expect heavy rain to develop. Another round of heavy rain is possible on Monday too with lingering showers Tuesday.

The computer models are all over the place with precipitation amounts. But at least an inch is possible statewide. And someone in the northeast will measure 2”-3” in the bucket. Could that be us? We certainly have a chance!

18z GFS for Sunday afternoon

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Record Heat Monday!

After a gorgeous weekend, temperatures will be slow to fall, only dropping into the 50s overnight with patchy fog and partly cloudy skies.

Then get ready to sweat! Trust me, you might want to consider using a sick day tomorrow. The calendar says April but tomorrow will feel more like July or August. Temperatures inland will top out between 85 and 90, approaching the record high of 90 degrees at Bradley Airport. The shoreline will not be as mild with a southerly component to the wind bringing air over the relatively cooler long island sound. Temperatures will stay in the 70s to near 80 degrees. The record high of 85 degrees in Bridgeport will remain untouched.

Morning fog will break for sunshine. An elevated risk of brush fires continues tomorrow with the heat, dry air and a breeze. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect tomorrow for Hartford, Tolland, Windham and Litchfield Counties.

Tuesday will remain dry and mild with temperatures in the 70s. Wednesday and Thursday temperatures will drop down around 70 degrees.

Wet weather is possible Friday night into the weekend. We could certainly use the rain!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Shower Or Two Through Thursday

The storm spinning over Canada the last few days will inch into New England tomorrow. Any morning sunshine will fade behind increasing clouds. A few showers will pop up on the radar, especially in the afternoon. But the showers will be hit or miss. Thursday will be similar with times of clouds and sun and a shower in spots. The slow moving storm finally moves away on Friday with sunshine returning. Then get ready for a warm up this weekend with temperatures in the 60s and 70s and a shower or two.

Monday, April 2, 2012

High Fire Risk This Week

With dry air and almost no rain expected this week there is an elevated fire risk...So no lighting matches and throwing them into the woods!! ;)

A northwest wind at 10 to 25 mph will enhance the risk tomorrow. Tuesday morning will start off very chilly with temperatures in the 20s and 30s! High pressure will provide lots of sun with a few clouds moving in late in the afternoon as a weak front approaches. A sprinkle is possible in one or two towns tomorrow night. But most of us will stay dry. Wednesday will turn milder with slightly cooler air to end the work week.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Dry, Pleasant Week!

Periods of rain will continue tonight before tapering off in the predawn hours. Temperatures will drop into the mid 30s.

Any lingering clouds will give way to sunshine tomorrow as the storm exits off the east coast. Temperatures will climb into the 50s with a southwest breeze at 10 to 25 mph. With clear skies tomorrow night, temperatures will crash into the upper 20s and low 30s. If you have any early season plants, you may want to bring them inside or cover them with a light blanket. Tuesday will turn milder as sunshine mixes with high clouds. The rest of the week looks quiet and dry with temperatures staying around average.