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Thursday, May 30, 2013

One Down Two To Go...1st Heat Wave of 2013

We need three days of 90+ temps to call this an official heat wave.  One down, two to go.  I think we got this one in the bag!

Bridgeport hit a new daily record high temperature on Thursday.  89 degrees breaks the previous record of 87 set back in 2007.  On Friday more records will be challenged as temperatures soar into the 90s away from the shoreline. The next couple of days will be partly to mostly sunny and muggy with an isolated thunderstorm late in the day.  Showers and thunderstorms will become more numerous late Sunday into Monday as a cold front approaches, bringing an end to the first heat wave of 2013.

Tonight: Early shower or storm, clearing and humid. Low: 60s

Tomorrow: Sunny to partly cloudy, hot and humid. Chance for an isolated late afternoon storm. Low 90s to mid inland, low to mid 80s along the shoreline. 

Saturday: Sunny to partly cloudy, hot and humid. Chance for an isolated late afternoon storm. Low 90s inland, low 80s along the shoreline.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, warm and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High: Mid to upper 80s

Monday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Not as mild as recent days. High: Mid to upper 70s

Tuesday: A lingering shower possible early. Otherwise  turning considerably less humid with some clearing. High: Mmid to upper 70s.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Heat On The Way

Summer heat is on the way Thursday through Sunday. But first we have to get through a few storms. Clouds, showers and fog Wednesday morning are all courtesy of a warm front.  Once the front lifts north of the state, clouds will break for some sun and temperatures will climb rapidly.  You may also notice the humidity rising too. In the afternoon a few additional storms are possible.  Not every town will see one. But any storm that develops could be strong with damaging winds and small hail.

Tonight: Scattered showers. Patchy dense fog developing. Low: 50s.

Tomorrow: Morning clouds, fog and showers break for some sun. Warm and increasingly humid. Scattered afternoon storms, some could be strong or severe. High: 75-80

Thursday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. Chance for an isolated afternoon storm. Highs in the upper 80s to near 90 inland, low to mid 80s along the shoreline.

Friday: Sunny to partly cloudy, hot and humid. Chance for an isolated afternoon storm. Low 90s inland, low to mid 80s along the shoreline.

Saturday: Sunny to partly cloudy, hot and humid. Chance for an isolated afternoon storm. Low 90s inland, low to mid 80s along the shoreline.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, very warm and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Not as mild Monday, back to the 70s.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Wet Start, Sunny Finish


Some people consider Memorial Day weekend to be the unofficial start to summer.  Not this year. In fact, it will be so chilly Saturday night, snow is expected in the higher elevations of northern New England!  Around here, Saturday is windy and raw with off and on rain and gusts to 40 mph. Windsor Locks will challenge the daily record low maximum temperature at Windsor Locks of 48 degrees. Sunday is our transitional day with clouds breaking for some sun. But when it comes to this long weekend, we’re saving the best for last. Memorial Day is sunny and milder.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, raw and windy with off and on rain. Northwest wind 10 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph. High:  47-53

Sunday: Chance for a lingering shower in the morning. Otherwise, clouds break for some sun. Windy and cool. High: Near 60.

Monday: Abundant sunshine, milder, a bit breezy. High: Low 70s

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and warmer. Clouds increasing very late in the day and at night. High: 73-77

Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy with showers developing. 80s are possible for the end of next week. High: Mid 70s

Thursday, May 23, 2013

When It Rains....


When it rains, it pours!  After a 3”-5” rainfall deficit since March, Mother Nature is playing catch up.  Today some areas will pick up half a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours. Flash Flood Warnings, Watches and Advisories are posted for various Connecticut Counties. There is no point in getting into which alert your home is in because really everyone is in the same boat tonight. Bottom line, watch for flooding of poor drainage areas, low lying areas, small streams and creeks in any of tonight’s downpours. If your basement typically floods, keep an eye on it the next few days.

Off and on showers and downpours will continue all the way through at least Sunday morning.  The humidity will be moving out, getting replaced with a chilly air mass.  On Saturday and Sunday, temperatures will get stuck in the 50s! Monday looks like the best day of the long weekend with sunshine returning.

Tonight: Rain, heavy at times with an embedded thunderstorm. Low 60s
Tomorrow: Cloudy with scattered showers and downpours, cooler and turning gradually less humid. Chance for an isolated thunderstorm. High: 63-68
Saturday: Cloudy with off and on rain, cool! Breezy, chance for an isolated thunderstorm. High: 50-55
Sunday: Scattered showers, cool and mostly cloudy. Some drying in the afternoon with brightening possible. High: Mid 50s
Monday: Partly cloudy to mostly sunny and dry (finally). Turning a bit milder. High: 65-70
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and warmer. Temperatures will reach near 80 by the middle of next week. High: 73-77

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Weekend Looks Uglier

Update as of 7:34 PM: The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been canceled. 

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues into 10 PM for the northern half of Connecticut including Hartford, Tolland, Windham and Litchfield Counties. But after pouring over all the latest data, it’s my professional opinion that the threat for severe weather remains north and west of the state.

A few showers and thunderstorms are possible tonight.  But the threat should stay sub-severe and isolated.
Although temperatures have fluctuated this week, the humidity has not. On Thursday a cold front will slowly approach, bringing one last mild and steamy day with scattered storms.  By Friday, drier comfortable air returns.  But instead of clearing out, it now appears a wave of low pressure will ride along the front providing clouds and scattered showers right into the long weekend. Temperatures will stay below average Saturday and Sunday with plenty of clouds. Memorial Day promises the most sun.

Tonight: Patchy dense fog. Chance shower or thunderstorm. Muggy and mild. Low: 60-65.

Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Remaining mild and muggy. Breezy with a a southwest wind at 10 to 20 mph. High: 70-76.

Friday: Cloudy with scattered showers, cooler and turning gradually less humid. Chance for an isolated thunderstorm. High: 63-69.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers, cool! Chance for an isolated thunderstorm. High: 55-59.

Sunday: Clouds and showers break for some sun. Showers may linger if a storm off the coast is slower to move out. High: 55-60.

Monday: Partly cloudy to mostly sunny and dry (finally). Turning a bit milder. High: 65-70.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Warm & Humid Through Thursday

Summer is settling in through Thursday with a warm and humid air mass in place.  The next couple of days will be very similar.  Early clouds and fog will break for sun, followed by some scattered afternoon thunderstorms.  Any storms that pop up on Tuesday could contain heavy downpours, lightning and small hail. Thursday a front will bring more numerous showers, followed by clearing and less humid conditions on Friday. Memorial Day weekend (the unofficial start to summer) looks dry and sunny.


Tonight: Patchy fog, mild and muggy. Low: 57-65
Tuesday: AM fog and clouds break for some sun.  Warm and humid, chance for scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High: 75-83.
Wednesday: AM fog and clouds break for some sun.  Warm and humid, chance for scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High: 77-86.
Thursday: Intervals of clouds and sun, warm and humid, an isolated thunder storm possible. High: Mid-upper 70s
Friday: Numerous showers and thunderstorms. High: Low 70s
Saturday: Sunny. High: Near 70

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ouch.

The injury!  Needed stitches on the left side of the pic. My right side.
Thank you so much for all the get well messages on twitter and facebook! A lot of you have been inquiring about how I got hurt. But it’s too hard to explain in 140 characters.

I was doing dips on this piece of equipment, called the “matador” Monday morning (see below).  But I attached the matador to the rig upside down so when I applied weight to it, the whole thing flipped back.  The piece that normally attaches to the rig hit me in the chest, dragged up my neck and slammed me in the bottom of my chin.

The "Matador" The part that attaches to the rig was upside
down so it flipped up.
 When the matador flipped, this was the piece of mental that
left the two gashes on my neck/chest
I didn’t know what happened.  My whole face was tingling and my teeth felt numb.  Did I lose a tooth? Two?  All of them? I felt little pieces in my mouth.  My fiancĂ© Aram ran over.  He assured me I had all my teeth.  But I chipped the front two and I’m still having nerve issues with one of my bottom incisors.

My chest was stinging but I thought it was just a scratch.  When Aram told me we had to go to the hospital I thought he was overreacting! I reached down to touch my chest but he stopped me.  “It’s a little worse than you think”.

I was shocked when I looked into the mirror.  I thought, I’m getting married in a few months.  And I look like I got into a fight with Edward Scissor Hands.

We drove to a minute clinic.  They wanted to give me stitches but I scar really easily.  Against the doctor’s recommendation I had them use liquid stitches (A.K.A superglue) for the gash on my right side.  They were concerned the glue wouldn’t hold so they used steri strips to help keep the skin from pulling when I turned my neck.  Well….a day later and I can’t turn my neck anyway!  Every muscle in my neck has seized up from the trauma of the whole thing. 

My boss was super nice. It’s ratings period so I normally can’t take off for any reason.  But she immediately told me to take the day off and rest up.  What are the chances that Joe Furey gets sick the same day? Poor Dan Amarante was stuck working a 30 hour shift.  Thanks Dan!

I have an appointment Monday to fix my chipped teeth.

Too bad I can’t blame anyone but myself…I put the darn piece of equipment on upside down.  Aram says he was shocked I lasted that long without getting hurt. Believe it or not, I was doing one set every twenty minutes and I got injured on the very last set.  Minute 20.  Go figure.

I also recently hurt my ankle (technically my posterior tibial tendon).  Luckily I didn’t aggravate the injury on the way down. Probably because my chin broke the fall.  Um…yay?

All in all, I got lucky.  Imagine if I had the two gashes on my face????  Or what if the metal hit a major vein in my neck? I'll take my chest wound and count my blessings.

Quiet Weekend, Unsettled Next Week

Summer heat will stay south of Connecticut this weekend. But at least the weather will stay dry for outdoor plans like commencements or ball games. Both days this weekend will feature a sea breeze, keeping the shoreline cooler than inland areas. Saturday’s sunshine will get filtered by high clouds from time to time. Clouds will increase later Sunday as a warm front approaches.  Showers should hold off until Sunday night, continuing off and on through Monday as well.  Once the front moves north of the area Monday night, the heat moves in.  Tuesday through Friday will be warmer and a bit humid.  Although it will not be a washout during that timeframe we will get scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be strong.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 47-55.

Saturday: Sunshine mixing with high clouds from time to time. Wind becoming south 5-10 mph. High: 70-75

Sunday: Sunny start with clouds increasing in the afternoon from southwest to northeast. Chance showers at night. Mid 70s inland, Upper 60s at the shore.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs in the low 70s inland, upper 60s along the shoreline.

Tuesday:  Warm, breezy and a bit humid. Chance for afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be strong. High: Low 80s inland, Upper 70s along the shore.

Wednesday: Morning showers, some clearing by afternoon. High: Low to mid 70s.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ansonia Holds The State 24 Hour Snowfall Record



A new 24-hour snowfall record was set for the state of Connecticut during the blizzard on Feb. 8-9. Ansonia will go down in the record books with 36 inches. This ruling was issued on Tuesday by a team of state climatologists and meteorologists. Although some towns reported greater snowfall amounts, the committee determined that the Ansonia observation was the most reliable, coming from a National Weather Service Cooperative site. This beats the previous record of 30 inches from Falls Village in 1941. You can read the full NWS report here.

80 Degrees Thursday, Pacific Hurricane Season Off To An Active Start!

Spring and summer are playing a noticeable game of tug of war. Spring has been winning for much of this week with frost and below average temperatures.  But summer fights back Thursday with temperatures soaring through the 70s (at least). With a gusty west to northwest wind, mild temperatures will be felt right down to the immediate shoreline. In fact, this might be the best early season “beach” day in the forecast. Friday will not be as mild with a sea breeze kicking in during the afternoon.

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Partly cloudy, chance for a lingering shower. Low: 47-55

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy and mild. West to northwest wind 10 to 20 miles an hour. Turning partly cloudy for a while in the afternoon. High: 76-81

Friday: Not as mild but still remaining mostly sunny and pleasant. Mid 70s inland, near 70 for the shoreline.

Saturday: Sunshine mixing with some high clouds. Low to mid 70s inland, near 70 along the shoreline.

Sunday: Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy, chance for a sprinkle. Upper 60s to near 70 degrees.

Monday: Partly cloudy, seasonable.

Warming up again Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, in the upper 70s.

“Fun” weather tidbits:
The Pacific Hurricane season began today, May 15th.  Sure enough, it’s off to an active start with Tropical Storm Alvin.  Although the storm is likely to become a hurricane, it does not pose any immediate threat to land.
Tropical Storm Alvin forms in the Pacific
Also, the NWS released the names for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season.  The list is recycled every 6 years.  New on the list this year is Dorian, Fernand and Nestor. Dean, Felix and Noel were retired in 2007.  Dean and Felix were category 5 hurricanes.  Noel was a category 1 hurricane but caused mudslides and flooding that took the lives of 163 people.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Few Showers Tomorrow, 70s Thursday

It seems our weather has been stuck in a rut after two days in the 50s.  Tomorrow is a transitional day leading to a toasty Thursday.

Clouds will increase during the day tomorrow, becoming mostly cloudy. A few showers are likely, especially later in the day. In fact we could even get a downpour or a rumble of thunder. The showers are coutesy of a warm front.  Behind the front Thursday is sunny and warm.  With a northwest wind, inland and shoreline areas will have a chance to warm up with highs soaring through the 70s.  Some inland areas may even flirt with the 80 degree mark.  We’ll shave a few degrees off the high on Friday.  But the day will still remain mostly sunny and pleasant. A sea breeze will keep the shoreline cooler than inland areas. The weather is pretty quiet, right through the weekend.

Forecast Details:
Tonight: Clear to partly cloudy, not as cold. Low: 35-45.
Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, chance for a few showers, mainly late in the day. High: 60-65.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and warmer. High: 75-80.
Friday: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: Near 70 shoreline. Low to mid 70s inland.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Low to mid 70s inland, near 70 along the shoreline.
Sunday: Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy, chance for a sprinkle. Upper 60s to near 70 degrees.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER:
 A new 24-hour snowfall record was set for the state of Connecticut during the blizzard on February 8-9.  Ansonia will go down in the record books with 36”.  This ruling was issued on Tuesday by a team of state climatologists and meteorologists.  Although some towns reported greater snowfall amounts, the committee determined that the Ansonia observation was the most reliable, coming from a National Weather Service Cooperative site. This beats the previous record of 30” from Falls Village in 1941.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Freak Snowstorm 36 Years Ago Today

While we bathed in early summer warmth today, 36 years ago it was SNOWING!  This is a cover page of the Hartford Courant from May10, 1977. Also, check out the snowfall totals below! While the Connecticut River Valley and southern Connecticut got a raw cold rain, parts of Litchfield County received up to 20" of snow!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Meteorite Mania!

19 days ago a meteorite hits a Wolcott home and splits in two.  On May 8th, another meteorite is discovered after damaging a home in another “W” town just .78 miles away. Freaked out?  But wait…there’s more. All except one of meteorites discovered in Connecticut hit in “W” towns. Weston in 1807, Wethersfield in 1971 and 1982, Wolcott and Waterbury in 2013.

The latest meteorite is about the size and shape of an avocado, weighing in at 1.6 pounds. The space rock smashed through a gutter and landed on the lawn of a Waterbury home. Although it was discovered on May 8th, the owners of the home are not sure when it crash landed.  The couple contacted the same scientist that identified the Wolcott meteorite, Dr. Stefan Nicolescu, mineralogy collections manager at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Nicolescu hard at work
Dr. Nicolescu says he diagnosed the object as a meteorite for several reasons.  For starters , the meteorite has a dark fusion crust.  This crust forms during the heated decent into the earth’s atmosphere and can be dark brown/black and is sometimes glassy.  The same heat can also cause contraction cracks formed by rapid heating (expansion) and cooling (shrinking) of the meteorite during/after landfall.  The meteorite has a high density too.  To put it simply…if you compare a meteor to a rock of similar size, the meteor will weigh more.

Here’s the coolest part though.  The meteorite contained chondrules, spherical glassy particles formed before earth from space dust fused together by heat.  Google chondrites.  If you’re a science nerd, you will not be disappointed.
The rock also contained metallic iron and was magnetic
Dr. Nicolescu says “it is highly likely the Waterbury meteorite is related to the April 19 fall in Wolcott.” But Nicolescu will conduct additional tests to confirm.

Which “W” town will get hit next?

Showers End, Summer Preview Friday

Friday will have an early summer feel with early fog and clouds breaking for sunshine. 80 degrees is within reach for some inland towns. A cold front will slowly approach Connecticut on Saturday with a band of showers and thunderstorms, some of which could produce heavy rainfall. Right now the day doesn’t look like a complete wash out. But with off and on showers, keep an umbrella nearby. On Mother’s Day, a dry northwest flow takes over with a mix of bright sun and clouds. A shot of cooler air is slated for Connecticut early next week, with highs in the 60s, early morning lows in the 30s and 40s. Scattered frost is possible on Monday and or Tuesday morning.

Forecast Details:
Tonight: Showers ending. Partly cloudy, patchy fog. Low: 50s.

Friday: Mix of sun and clouds. Slight chance for an afternoon shower. High: 75-80 inland. 69-73 shoreline.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. The heaviest rain late Saturday/Saturday night. High: 60s

Mother’s Day: Partly sunny, dry and pleasant. Slight chance for an afternoon shower. High: 60s.

Monday: Early frost! Protect early season plants. Sun mixing with afternoon clouds. High: Low 60s

Tuesday: Early frost! Protect early season plants. Mostly sunny. High: Low 60s

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, chance showers. Mid to upper 60s.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More Beneficial Rain



The ground will be drinking in more much needed rain on Thursday with scattered showers and a few rumbles of thunder.  Friday looks mild with temperatures soaring through the 70s (some low 80s possible inland too). With prom, commencements and Mother’s Day plans, we are keeping an extra close eye on the weekend.  Right now Saturday looks wet at times with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Keep the umbrella handy throughout the day.  Sunday looks better with a mix of sun and clouds.  There is still a chance for a sprinkle or shower in spots. But most of the day will stay dry! 
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and downpours. Chance for a thunderstorm. East wind 5 to 15 mph. High: 60s

Friday: A mix of sun and clouds. Breezy and milder. 70s to near 80 inland, low to mid 70s on the shoreline. Chance for a late day shower or storm.

Saturday: Scattered showers, chance for a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy and cool. High: Low to mid 60s.

Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds, chance for a shower in spots. But most of the day looks dry. High: Upper 60s

Monday: Mostly sunny, cool with fair weather clouds popping up in the afternoon. High: Low to mid 60s.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Record Low Tornado Numbers

May 2012 - April 2013 holds the record for the lowest number of EF1 + tornadoes in a 12 month period (records go back to 1954).

The previous record of 247 from the 12 month period ending May 1992 was shattered big time.

Funny that the last two quiet years followed the most active year on record. In the 12 month period ending April 2011, a record 358 EF1+ tornadoes touched down.


Finally Some Rain!


After a sunny and occasionally mild stretch of weather, beneficial showers will return tomorrow!  The weather looks wet at times Wednesday through the weekend.  But this unsettled stretch will not be nearly as long as the dry streak that just ended. A slow moving low pressure system will bring times of rain and drizzle Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday is an in between day before showers return over the weekend. While I’m not expecting a complete wash out, outdoor plans are iffy (especially Saturday). There is a chance showers taper off in time for the afternoon on Mother’s Day, Sunday. But as I said before…it’s still iffy.

Tonight: Increasing clouds with patchy dense fog and drizzle developing. Lows: 50s.
Tomorrow: Cloudy with times of rain and drizzle. Rain could come down heavy at times with a rumble of thunder possible too. High: 60s.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Chance for a thunderstorm. Near 70 inland. Mid to upper 60s along the shoreline. High: Upper 60s to near 70.
Friday: A mix of sun and clouds. Breezy and milder. Low to mid 70s inland, near 70 along the shoreline.
Saturday: Rain developing with an embedded thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy and cool. High: Low to mid 60s.
Sunday: Morning rain tapering to scattered showers by afternoon. There is a chance we dry out late day. High: 60s.

Monday, May 6, 2013

One Final Dry Day


I can’t complain too much about the weather lately.  Blue skies, comfy temps, crisp dry air. Notice I said I can’t complain “too much”.  But the dry soil and lack of rainfall have consequences.

A brush fire shut down part of 395 in Thompson today. The fire is out but the risk for brush fires rages on. It has been over two weeks since rain wet the ground. But relief is on the way (finally).  Tomorrow will be the last dry day before some beneficial rain arrives.  Patchy early clouds and fog will break for sunshine and temperatures will take off. Inland areas will climb well into the 70s while the shoreline stays in the 60s with a sea breeze.

Showers will develop around or after the morning commute on Wednesday as a slow moving storm approaches from the south.  Rain will come down heavy in spots with the chance for a rumble of thunder. Showers will linger Thursday with mostly cloudy skies.  Friday we are between storm systems.  Then more rain is likely over Mother’s Day weekend.

Right now Saturday looks cloudy, cool and wet.  While the day may get off to a dry start, rain will develop in the afternoon, coming down heavy at times. Although Sunday looks wet to start, there is still hope a front clears the area in the afternoon to dry things out late on Mother’s Day.  But right now the weekend is “iffy”.  It’s ok, we’re still five days out. We’ll keep you posted with any changes.

Tonight: Patchy low clouds and fog develop. Low: 40s

Tomorrow: Early fog and clouds break for sunshine. Partly to mostly sunny and milder. Southeast wind 5 to 10 miles an hour. Highs: 73-78 inland, 62-66 shoreline.

Wednesday:  Cloudy with showers and areas of rain developing. Rain could come down heavy at times with an embedded thunderstorm.  High: Upper 60s and low 70s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Chance for a thunderstorm. Near 70 inland. Upper 60s along the shoreline.

Friday: Partly cloudy with an isolated shower. Lower 70s inland, near 70 along the shoreline.

Saturday: Rain developing with an embedded thunderstorm. Cloudy and cool. Rainy start Sunday, some drying possible in the afternoon. Middle 60s.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Gorgeous Weather Stretches Through The Weekend

This space for rent! In this quiet weather pattern I’m having trouble finding stuff to write about. But boring weather for a meteorologist usually means great weather for outdoor plans. Both days this weekend look stellar with abundant sunshine and near average temperatures. With the lack of recent rain, the brush fire risk will remain higher than usual. Tree pollen will also remain sky high. High pressure finally breaks down next week with an increasing threat for showers by Wednesday. Friday night: Clear, cool. Lows: 40s Saturday: Mostly sunny. Upper 60s to near 70 inland, Low to mid 60s along the shoreline. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Sunday: Mostly sunny. Upper 60s and low 70s inland. Low to mid 60s along the shoreline. Monday: Mostly sunny. Upper 60s and low 70s inland. Low to mid 60s along the shoreline. Tuesday: Sunshine mixing with increasing clouds. Chance for a sprinkle in spots. But most towns will stay dry. Low 70s. Wednesday: Cloudy with scattered showers or a period of rain. A few leftover showers Thursday too. Low to mid 70s.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cooler Tomorrow, Dry & Sunny Weekend


Windsor Locks soared up to 81 degrees today!  That’s the mildest temperature of the year so far for inland Connecticut.  Bridgeport managed to hit 81 all the way back on April 9th.  But tomorrow (Friday) will be 5-15 cooler in the wake of a cold front.  Clouds will increase a bit tonight with the chance for a sprinkle in one or two towns as the front passes.  Then clouds will clear out once again, paving the way for a cooler but sunny day tomorrow!
Even though temperatures will stay in the 60s tomorrow, that’s still right around average for thus time of year.  There are no big changes to the forecast looking forward as dry, sunny weather sticks around right through the beginning of next week.  Rain isn’t likely until next Wednesday or Thursday!
Friday:  Mostly sunny but cooler than Thursday. Highs in the mid to upper 60s inland, low 60s along the shore. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Upper 60s to near 70 inland, Low to mid 60s along the shoreline. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Upper 60s and low 70s inland. Low to mid 60s along the shoreline.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Upper 60s and low 70s inland. Low to mid 60s along the shoreline.
Tuesday: Sunshine mixing with increasing clouds. Chance for a sprinkle in spots. But most towns will stay dry.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mid-Upper 70s Tomorrow, 60s Friday

Normally we look to places like Pennsylvania or New York for our upcoming weather.  But a big traffic blockage in the atmosphere is reversing the norm.  Instead, a front will be tracking in from the Canadian Maritimes.  This “back door” cold front will bring increasing clouds Thursday (mainly late).  There is a slight chance for a sprinkle or shower but most of the state will stay dry. While Thursday looks mild, Friday is cooler behind the front with another warming trend this weekend.

We gain 58 minutes of daylight this month!

As a side note, April was the 3rd driest on record for Bridgeport, 11th driest for Windsor Locks.