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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Humid, A Few Strong Storms Memorial Day

Humidity is creeping up again and so is the frizz factor (so keep the ponytail handy). Tonight will turn muggy with partly to mostly cloudy skies and the chance for an isolated shower or storm late. Memorial Day will also be very warm with a mix of sun and clouds. But summer weather comes with a price. The atmosphere will be very unstable so watch for a few storms to bubble up in the afternoon. Although the storms will be hit or miss, anything that develops could be strong or severe with lightning, hail and damaging winds. Tuesday will be almost exactly the same (warm, muggy, afternoon storms). Then a cold front early Wednesday will wash the humidity away, and take the showers along with it. For now, Thursday and Friday look dry and sunny with temperatures returning to the 70s.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Summer Takes A Break

After a great summer-like weekend, the weather is heading downhill fast! Clouds will thicken up tonight with temperatures staying in the 50s.

The first Tropical Storm of the season, Alberto is forecast to safely pass southeast of Connecticut.  But the moisture out ahead of the storm will affect our weather the next few days.  Monday will be cooler with lots of clouds and showers developing.  Most of the shower activity will be during the afternoon and evening. The air will start to feel a bit more humid.  Tuesday and Wednesday look mostly cloudy and warmer with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

For now Memorial Day weekend looks good for grilling!  A shower or thunderstorm is possible Saturday afternoon but nothing that should ruin any of your outdoor plans.  We’ll keep an eye on things for you as the weekend gets closer!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pleasant Changes On The Way!

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 9 PM for Hartford and Litchfield Counties. An approaching cold front will trigger some showers with an isolated strong storm north and west of Hartford.  The ingredients for severe weather are coming together in northern New England more than they are here in Connecticut.  So it’s not a major concern tonight. After midnight skies will clear and temperatures will drop down around the 50 degree mark.

Sun returns tomorrow and sticks around through the weekend!  Another change you’ll notice on Thursday is a more comfortable and refreshing air mass. The past few days have felt a bit muggy. But tonight’s cold front is washing the moisture away. High pressure will take over with temperatures warming up into the 80s for inland areas this weekend, 70s along the shore. The next chance for rain is Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Allergy sufferers beware. One downside to the dry weather is a boost in pollen levels.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Few Rumbles Tomorrow, Otherwise NICE & DRY!

The steady rain is moving out tonight after a decent soaking this afternoon.  The rest of tonight looks mild with temperatures staying near the 60 degree mark with scattered showers and patchy fog.

Early clouds, fog and sprinkles will start off the day tomorrow. But clouds will break for some sun allowing temperatures to soar up through the 70s! But we’re not done with the rain yet.  Tomorrow afternoon a cold front will trigger a few additional showers and thunderstorms, some of which could be strong. Heavy rain and lightning is possible in a few isolated cases. The Storm Prediction Center has placed central and western Connecticut in the “slight risk” category for severe weather. I’m not overly concerned, but it’s something to keep an eye on. Although the air will feel a little muggy tomorrow, the cold front will help wash the moisture out of the air.  Thursday is sunny and less humid. Fantastic dry and mild weather lasts into next week!

Rain Developing Today

A slow moving storm will move into the state over the next 24 hours. Clouds will remain stubborn with showers becoming more numerous and widespread as the day progresses.  This evening looks the wettest with ingredients coming together for a soaking rain. The steady rain will move out Wednesday morning. But a strong cold front could trigger additional showers or a thunderstorm in the afternoon.  That front will wash the humidity out of the air paving the way for a gorgeous end to the week!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

An Apology & A Forecast

First of all, sorry I have been M.I.A lately.  I didn't mean to neglect you. I have been going through some personal stuff AND on top of all that I just competed in the Tough Mudder!  I've been tired to say the least.You can watch my experience here. 

Now onto the weather.

We put a huge dent in the rainfall deficit after an exceptionally dry start to the year! Bradley International Airport is running -3.99" for the year.  Bridgeport is -4.25" below average for the year.  Compare that to my blog post from April 18th! Raindrops have been recorded nine out of the first thirteen days this month! The next three days look wet too. An approaching cold front will bring clouds and a few showers Monday. Although most of the day will be dry, you will need an umbrella at times. Temperatures will top out in the 60s to low 70s.

The front officially comes through on Tuesday with periods of rain, some heavy. Once again with a southerly wind, temperatures will manage to climb into the mid 60s to near 70 degrees. Wednesday starts wet and ends dry with partial clearing in the afternoon and temps spiking in the 70s.

The rest of the week looks dry but we’re still trying to get a handle on temperatures. Some models keep us soaring into the 70s and 80s while others keep us locked in the 60s to near 70. Either way it looks like a much nicer end to the week!