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Thursday, December 31, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


THE WEATHER COOPERATES FOR NEW YEARS EVE PLANS!

Thankfully, the fog from this morning has lifted and the weather is cooperating for fireworks and festivities. If you’re heading out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, dress for temperatures in the 30s around the time of the ball drop.

YEAR IN REVIEW
2015 weather year in review! PLUS...I had a stare down with a cat. And the cat won.
Posted by Meteorologist Rachel Frank on Thursday, December 31, 2015


2015 was a wild ride. This December will go down as the warmest on record by a large margin. But do you remember February? Not only was it the coldest February on record, but it was the coldest month ever recorded in Connecticut. After a snowy start to the year, 2015 ended on a dry note, 6-7” below average for Windsor Locks and Bridgeport with a moderate drought statewide. So what’s in store to start off 2016?

Party animals!
WINTER COLD BUT NO SNOW FOR SKIIERS

Looking ahead, we have a real dose of winter cold lined up for early next week. On Monday and/or Tuessday high temperatures will only be in the 20s with lows in the 10s and even single digits for some of the coolest spots. BUT still no snow for the skiers and snowboarders outside of the chance for a few flurries here or there.

From everyone here on the FOX61 Weather Watch team, have a very Happy New Year! Thank you so much for your support and trust.

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Midnight Temp: 30-35. Low: 27-32

Friday: Partly cloudy. Slight chance for a late day snow shower or flurry, mainly in northern Connecticut. High: Low 40s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: Upper 30s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: Near 40.

Monday: Cold despite plenty of sunshine. High: 27-32.

Tuesday: Windy and cold. High: 20s.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Mild End To 2015, Some Winter Cold in 2016


ICY SPOTS IN THE HILLS TONIGHT

Most of the state is safe from ice concerns tonight. But temperatures in parts northern Connecticut are still around or below freezing. With areas of drizzle and mist, a fine layer of ice can get deposited on trees and surfaces. Treated roads should be fine for the most part. The big concern is really untreated side streets, your front steps, back deck…etc. Temperatures are expected to hold steady and even slowly rise towards daybreak. Hopefully (it will be a close call), temperatures will climb above freezing when steadier rain arrives later tonight, towards 11 PM – 1AM.

MILDER FOR NEW YEARS EVE!


This December will go down as the warmest on record by a landslide! Temperatures were an impressive 10+ degrees above average for the month. So it makes sense that the last day of the month (and year) should also be above average. With high temperatures in the 40s and developing sunshine, we will be able to melt away some of the leftover ice from our first winter storm. If you’re heading out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, dress for temperatures in the 30s around the time of the ball drop.

WINTER COLD BUT NO SNOW FOR SKIIERS

Looking ahead, we have a real dose of winter cold lined up for early next week. On Monday high temperatures will only be in the 20s with lows in the 10s and even single digits for some of the coolest spots. BUT still no snow for the skiers and snowboarders outside of the chance for a few flurries here or there.

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Icy spots hills. Areas of dense fog and mist with steadier rain developing. Low: 30s. Temps will hold steady or even rise towards daybreak.

Thursday: Clouds break for some sun. High: 45-48.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Slight chance for an afternoon flurry. High: Low 40s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: Upper 30s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: Near 40.

Monday: Cold despite plenty of sunshine. High: 25-30.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cooler But Not Cold!

These days record warmth is so common, NOT breaking a record may garner more attention. The next few days will “cooler”. But while temperatures will stay below record territory, they will still remain well above average for this time of year. Wednesday looks calm with plenty of sunshine. Clouds and rain return Thursday with the steadiest and heaviest arriving in the afternoon and evening.  A real taste of winter cold arrives this weekend with some towns struggling in the 30s for high temperatures. We may even see a few snowflakes flying through the air this weekend. But the long range models suggest the cool-down is short-lived with 50s & 60s approaching Christmas. Our chances of a white Christmas are looking bleak!

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Gradual clearing with the wind slowly diminishing too. Low: 35-40.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Still mild for early-mid December! High: 45-50.

Thursday: Cloudy with morning drizzle giving way to more numerous showers in the afternoon and evening. Patchy fog. High: 50-55.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High: Near 50.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, windy and colder. Chance for a few flurries. High: Upper 30s-low 40s.

Sunday: Sunny, seasonable. High: Low 40s.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Sunday wins the "pick of the weekend" award

Record Warmth was recorded this Black Friday! The Hartford area set a new high temperature record of 67 degrees. That beats the old record of 64 set back in 1976.  It was close for Bridgeport with a high temperature of 60 degrees. But the old record still stands at 62 set in 1999 and 2013.

But this was just a one day warm-up! Temperatures will begin a downward slide this weekend. Sunday is the better of the two weekend days which is great for people traveling home after Thanksgiving weekend.  Saturday will not be a total wash-out. But we’re looking at mainly overcast skies and the chance for a few showers or even a period of light rain. Monday will be the coolest over the next week or so with some towns struggling to hit 40 degrees! Rain moves back in Tuesday and Wednesday.

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Increasing clouds, mild. Low: 45-50.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with the chance for a few showers or a period of light rain. High: 50-55.

Sunday: Becoming mostly sunny.  Cooler than recent days. High: 45-50.

Monday: Cooler despite lots of sunshine. High: 39-43.

Tuesday: Increasing clouds. Becoming cloudy with showers developing in the afternoon. High: 45-50.

Wednesday: Periods of rain likely. High: 50-55.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Have A Spooktacular Halloween!

New Englanders are a little wary around Halloween. Festivities were postponed or canceled for many in 2011 (October nor’easter) and 2012 (Hurricane Sandy). Luckily, there’s nothing spooky about the forecast this year! Sunshine will blend with some high clouds in the afternoon on Saturday with highs in the mid-upper 50s. For sunset Trick-or-treaters, temperatures will start near 50 degrees before falling through the 40s.

You get an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning (horray) as we “fall back” one hour Sunday at 2AM. Sunday will start off cloudy with a slight chance for a sprinkle. Then clouds will break for some sun with highs in the lower 60s. Sunday is the start of a slow warming trend that will continue through the end of next week accompanied by a long dry stretch of weather.

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Clear, frosty. Low: 28-35.

Tomorrow: Happy Halloween! Sunshine mixing with some high clouds in the afternoon. High: 53-56.

Sunday: Fall back! Daylight Saving Time ends 2 AM. Clouds break for some sunshine, milder. High: 59-62.

Monday: Mostly sunny, milder. High: 60-65.

Tuesday: Sunny, mild. High: 65-70.


Wednesday: Sunny, mild. High: 64-68.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

CT Children's Storybook Gala



I love this so much!! Reading to Andon to support a great cause! Andon has had a few minor procedures/tests at CCMC and my husband spent months there as a child. Happy to give back and this spot turned out so cute in the process. I'm going to watch it over and over again for many years to come.

To learn more about the Storybook Gala for Connecticut Children's Medical Center click here.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Humid, Showers Tomorrow


There could be a sneaky thunderstorm with gusty (maybe even damaging winds) tomorrow. It's a fairly low probability but the threat isn't zero. So just keep an eye on the weather. Good news, we dry out just in time for the weekend!

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy. Low: 50-55.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers. Warmer and a bit more humid with an isolated thunderstorm possible in the afternoon. High: 70-74.

Saturday: Early clouds break for sunshine. Cooler. High: 60-65.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: 65-68.

Monday: Mostly sunny, warmer. High: 70-73.

Tuesday: A mix of sun and clouds, chance for a shower or two. High: 67-70.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Summer Saturday, Septembery Sunday

The last weekend of summer is here and our unusual stretch of September warmth continues one more day.

Saturday will feature warm and moderately humid condition with areas of fog early in the morning. The fog will burn off by mid-late morning, allowing for the sunshine to break-out and temperatures to reach into the low 80s. Sunday will be cooler as the cold front will approach the region and linger off-shore. There is a chance for a shower or sprinkle in spots in the morning. But most towns will stay dry.

Winds will switch out of the northwest, transporting more seasonable September temperatures with highs in the 70s and low temperatures dropping into the 40s at times early next week. Our weather next week will continue to stay dry and pleasant with plenty of sunshine and seasonable temperatures.

The high pressure ridge continues to keep the rains away with dry conditions into the first day of fall which begins Wednesday, September 23 at 4:21 a.m.

Tonight: Clear, areas of fog developing late. Low: 58-65.

Tomorrow: Chance for early low clouds and fog. Otherwise, partly to mostly sunny, warm and humid. High: 78-82.

Sunday: Cloudy start with the chance for a shower in spots. Then slow clearing, developing sunshine. Less humid, cooler than recent days. High: 72-75.

Monday: Mostly sunny, cooler. High: 70-73.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: 70-73.

Wednesday: Sunny, seasonable. High: 75-77.

Thursday: Sunny. High: 75-77.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Perfection!

We won the weather lottery! High pressure will settle in and make itself comfortable over New England this week bringing warm sunny days and comfortable nights with low humidity. A warming trend will keep temperatures 5-10 degrees above average for this time of year, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Obviously Mother Nature will not help water your lawn or garden. That’s our job this week. A cold front will bring change on Sunday with the chance for a few showers followed by a cool-down.

Tonight: Clearing, winds diminish. Low: 48-57.

Tomorrow: Sunny and warmer with low humidity. High: 80-83.

Wednesday: Sunny, warm. High: 82-86.

Thursday: Sunny, warm. High: 82-86.

Friday: Sunny, warm. High: 82-86.

Saturday: Sunny, warm. High: 80-84.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Temporary Relief From Heat & Humidity

We promised you a cooler, less humid forecast, and we’re delivering!

Thursday night's cold front will bring a limited amount of rain, but a seemingly limitless amount of drier air from the north. Clouds Friday morning will break for sun as the front moves out. Temperatures will struggle to hit 80 degrees. That's downright chilly compared to recent days!

We’re full of sunshine and no rain through the holiday weekend, as we slowly warm-up. Low 80s Saturday, mid 80s Sunday, Near 90 by Labor Day! The humidity remains in check until Tuesday when the combination of heat and humidity will once again make it feel more like the middle of July rather than early September. A late summer heat-wave is possible Monday - Wednesday inland before temps start to cool off again.

Tonight: Chance for an early shower or storm in spots (most towns stay dry). Mostly cloudy. Low: 65-69.

Tomorrow: Cloudy start (slight chance for a morning shower). Developing sun throughout the day, especially in the afternoon. Cooler and less humid. High: 76-81.

Saturday: Sunny, low humidity, beautiful! High: 80-83 inland, 76-79 shoreline.

Sunday: Sunny, warmer with low humidity. High: 84-87 inland, 78-83 shoreline.

Labor Day: Sunny and very warm/hot! Still not too humid. High: 85-90.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High: 87-92.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Big Changes Ahead!!

Hit or miss showers and thunderstorms are possible through midnight when a cold front will sweep through the region and bring some big changes! We are not expecting any severe weather. But torrential rain could cause some brief poor drainage flooding. After two weeks of a steamy air mass, less humid air finally streams in overnight and sticks around the next few days. Get ready for a gorgeous stretch of weather!

 Wednesday through Friday will have a comfortable feel to the air. There will be abundant sunshine, temperatures around 80 degrees, and low humidity. A warming trend will start this weekend with the humidity slowly building back in. Summer heat returns! Especially next week when temperatures could approach 90 degrees.

While we are looking at a great week of weather for outdoor plans, if you need rain for the lawn or garden, you’re out of luck. Rain remains absent through the weekend into the early part of next week.

Tonight: Early showers and thunderstorms. Areas of fog. Slow clearing, turning less humid. Low: 63-66.
Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny, dry & pleasant. High: low 80s.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, delightful. High: 75-80.
Friday: Mostly sunny, spectacular. High: 76-81.
Saturday: Sun mixing with high clouds. Turning a bit more humid. High: 82-86.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, warm and humid. High: 83-87.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Warmer Days Ahead

A warming trend will begin on Friday, culminating in another heat wave early next week.  Friday looks nearly perfect with abundant sunshine and low humidity.

Saturday will turn more humid as the day progresses with partly cloudy skies. There is a slight chance for a shower late in the day from an approaching cold front. But most of the state will stay dry so feel free to make your outdoor plans.

Some towns could approach 90 Saturday. But 90s are more likely Sunday through Tuesday of next week.

 Tonight: Clearing. Great viewing conditions for the Perseid meteor shower. Low: 57-63.

Tomorrow: Patchy morning fog. Mostly sunny, warmer. Low humidity. High: 83-87 inland, 80-85 shore.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Chance for an isolated afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Becoming more humid as the day progresses. High: 85-90 inland, 82-86 shoreline.

Sunday: Patchy morning fog. Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High: 85-92.

Monday: Hazy, hot and humid. High: 90-95.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid. Chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High: 86-82.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Perseids Peak Tonight!

Pic taken in CT in 2010 by my friend Al Chaniewski 
The Perseid meteor shower peaks early Thursday morning and you can watch it right here in Connecticut. All you have to do is look up!!

This is a great year for the annual display because the peak of the meteor shower coincides with an almost new moon (the opposite of a full moon).  That means less light pollution in the sky and more darkness to help find “shooting stars”. 

The Perseid meteor shower is really just debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle which has been orbiting the sun for centuries. As debris collides with the earth’s atmosphere at 140,000 mph, the debris heats up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat causes the long lived streaks you see in the sky. On a good night you can see one meteor a minute. 

Time: After midnight – before sunrise Thursday.

Where: Away from city lights. Although meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, you can see them just by looking up!

How Many: 50-100 meteors an hour

Monday, August 10, 2015

Much Needed Rain On The Way!

Humidity rises through the evening tonight with periods of much needed rain on Tuesday. That rain will come down heavy at times with embedded thunderstorms possible too. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will last through the evening commute before tapering off.

We really do need the rain. Check out the levels of rivers and streams across the state. Most are running below normal or “much below normal”.



We’re also running a 3”-4” rainfall deficit when you look at the last 30 days.


1”-2” of rain is possible for most of the state with some locally higher/lower amounts.

 That’s not enough for flash flooding for a majority of the state (which as you can see from the graphic below would need to be more than 3.5” over a 3 hour period).  That threshold is lower in southern Fairfield County where you will find the only Flash Flood Watch in the state right now.


That being said, flooding is still possible for poor drainage areas/low lying areas if the ground doesn't absorb incoming rain fast enough in some spots. 

It turns less humid on Wednesday with the chance for a pop up afternoon shower or thunderstorm.  Thursday looks awesome. The humidity drops even further with lots of sun.  There is a chance for afternoon showers or thunderstorms looking ahead to Saturday.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, chance for a shower or two late. Low: 65-70.

Tomorrow: Periods of rain, some heavy. Humid. Chance for an embedded thunderstorm with poor drainage flooding possible in spots. High: 73-77.

Wednesday: A mix of sun and clouds, less humid. Chance for an isolated afternoon shower or thunderstorm. But most towns will stay dry. High: 80-84.

Thursday: Sunny, dry, low humidity. High: 78-82.

Friday: Partly cloudy, warmer. High: 83-87.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, warm. Chance for a few showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. High: 83-87.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Mom Frank made a cameo on the News at 4 Tonight!

My mom made a cameo on the News at 4 today. Jenn and Lorenzo did a story on how high waisted jeans are back in style. The script said something about "raiding your Mom's closet" and my Mom just so happened to be visiting me in the studio. About 3 mins prior I ran into the control room and surprised her! Check it out!

Part 1: Before my weathercast


Part 2: After my weathercast

Dry, Pleasant Weekend

A big offshore storm will miss us this weekend. That’s good news with only 4 precious summer weekends left (but who is counting). Both days will feature low humidity with partly to mostly sunny skies. If I had to get picky Saturday will feature a bit more sun and slightly milder temperatures than Sunday (by a degree or two). For those of you who want rain for the lawn or garden, Tuesday looks promising. Humidity returns too with scattered showers and a period of heavy rain possible.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low: 55-65.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, low humidity. High: 82-85.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, pleasant. High: 80-85.

Monday: Increasing clouds. High: 80-85.

Tuesday: Cloudy and humid with showers or periods of rain. Rain could be heavy later in the day or at night. High: 73-78.

Wednesday: Clouds break for sunshine, turning less humid. High: 80-83.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Farewell 90s! For Now At Least...

After 8 days of summer heat (and humidity at times), cooler air is on the way.  No more 90s! Wednesday will start off with bright sunshine. But clouds will bubble up throughout the afternoon as a weak cold front moves through. There is a chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm. But a vast majority of the state will stay dry. Thursday looks gorgeous with lots of sunshine and low humidity. We’re still watching the chance for rain Friday or Saturday. But the storm could miss to the south.

Tonight: Chance for an early shower or storm in spots. Low: 60-67.  
       
Tomorrow: Sunshine mixing with some afternoon clouds. Less humid and not as warm as recent days. High: 82-86.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, cooler. High: 78-83.

Friday: A mix of clouds and sun. Still watching a storm to our south which could bring some rain if it gets any closer. High: 75-80.

Saturday: Partly sunny. Watching a storm to our south that could bring showers if it gets any closer. High: 75-80.


Sunday: Partly cloudy with increasing clouds late. High: 75-80.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Storms Break The Heat

This warm/hot stretch of summer weather is almost over! Tuesday will be the last day with near 90 degree heat before temperatures tumble.

The change in the weather will arrive in the wake of a cold front that could trigger some thunderstorms.  There are two chances for storms on Tuesday. One early in the morning (before/around daybreak) and another in the mid-afternoon.  Both rounds of thunderstorms will be hit or miss. But anything that develops could be strong to severe. Gusty/damaging winds are the biggest threats.

Wednesday and Thursday look good with cooler temperatures and less humidity than recent days. But wet weather returns Friday and Saturday with showers or even a period of steady heavier rainfall.  We’ll be tracking the timing closely as we know our summer weekends in New England are oh, so precious!

Tonight: Increasingly humid. Patchy fog. Chance thunderstorm in spots. Low: 67-73.
Tomorrow: Chance for an early morning thunderstorm in spots. Otherwise, partly cloudy, very warm. Another chance for a hit or miss thunderstorm in the afternoon. High: 85-90.
Wednesday: Sunny to partly cloudy. Slight chance for an afternoon shower. Cooler and less humid than recent days. High: 80-85.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, increasing clouds late. High: 75-80.
Friday: Increasing clouds with showers or areas of rain developing. High: 72-76.
Saturday: Cloudy and cooler with periods of rain. High: 73-78.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Temps Remain Steady, Big Warm Up Next Week

Great sleeping weather is on the weather menu again tonight. So crack open those windows and give the A/C a break.

Friday starts off sunny. But clouds will bubble up in the afternoon as disturbance swings through Southern New England. A shower or thunderstorm is possible in a few towns with the chance for small hail. Saturday looks like the pick of the weekend with partly cloudy skies. Sunday isn’t a washout. But there is a chance for a few morning showers or an afternoon thunderstorm.
If you are a fan of the 80s with low humidity, enjoy the next several days. Heat builds with 90s in the forecast by Tuesday or Wednesday. A heat wave is in the forecast!

Tonight: Clearing, comfy sleeping weather. Low: 55-60.

Tomorrow: Sunshine mixing with afternoon clouds. Slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. But most towns will stay dry. High: 82-84.

Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny. High: 82-85.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Chance for showers in the morning. Then a shower or thunderstorm in spots during the afternoon. High: 79-82.

Monday: Partly sunny, warmer. Chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High: 84-87.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and very warm. High: 85-90.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Showers Saturday, Summer Heat Sunday

The humidity makes a comeback this weekend. A warm front will keep skies mostly cloudy on Saturday along with the chance for a shower or two.  There’s no need to cancel outdoor plans. But keep in mind that you may have to step inside briefly if a shower moves over your town.

While Saturday is not a wash out, there’s no question that Sunday is a better beach day. You may want to start reserving your spot in the sand now. We could hit 90 degrees (or warmer) for the first time this summer! There is a chance for an isolated late day storm on Sunday. But most towns will stay dry.  There is a better chance for thunderstorms Sunday night and Monday. Some could be strong, followed by less humid conditions on Tuesday.

Summer heat remains into the middle of next week with temperatures flirting with 90 degrees several days in a row.


Tonight: Becoming a bit more humid. Chance for a shower, especially towards daybreak. Low: 65-70.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, chance for a few showers or an isolated thunderstorm. High: 78-83.

Sunday: Partly sunny, hot and humid. Chance for an isolated late day shower or thunderstorm.  High: 85-93.

Monday: Partly cloudy, thunderstorms likely. Some could be strong. High: 83-87.

Tuesday: Sunny, warm and less humid. High: 84-89.

Wednesday: Hot without the humidity. High: 85-90. Chance for a late day shower or thunderstorm.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Heavy Downpours, Thunder Wednesday

Scattered downpours and patchy fog are in store for tonight with lows around 70 degrees.

Wednesday will remain humid with temperatures around 80 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms will be more widespread than they were on Tuesday. While we are not expecting severe weather, any storm that develops has the potential to cause some minor poor drainage flooding. Most of the storms will fire up in the late morning through the afternoon. By the evening commute showers will be tapering or ending with some clearing possible late day.

Gorgeous weather returns on Thursday and Friday, with sunshine, low humidity, and temperatures around 80. While a warm up is possible this weekend, so is the threat for some wet weather. There is still a lot of uncertainty for Sunday. We'll keep you posted!

Forecast Details
Tonight: Scattered showers, mild, patchy fog. Low temperatures near 70.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Storms will not be severe but could cause minor flooding. High temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, less humid and pleasant. High temperatures in the upper 70s to around 80 degrees.
Friday: Mostly sunny, pleasant. High temperatures in the low 80s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High temperatures in the low to mid 80s. Chance for a shower or thunderstorm in the evening.
Sunday: A mix of clouds and sun. Chance for a shower or thunderstorm. High temperatures in the 80s.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dreary 4th, Summery Sunday

Clouds will fill the sky along with fireworks this Fourth of July. A storm approaching from the south will be just close enough to fire off a shower or two. But not every town will see one. The clouds will hold back temperatures with highs in the low 70s for most.  Luckily, that storm will be departing around sunset.  That means fireworks displays should go off without a hitch. Sunday is much better with lots of sun, low humidity and high temperatures in the 80s. No doubt beaches will be packed!

Humidity returns, along with the warmth by next week.

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Low: 58-63

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, chance for a shower or two. High: 68-73

Sunday: Mostly sunny, warm and pleasant! High: 84-87 inland, 80-84 shore

Monday: Mostly sunny, warm and pleasant! High: 85-88 inland, 82-84 shore

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, more humid than recent days with the chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High: 80-85

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and humid with the chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 80-85

Friday, June 26, 2015

Soaking Weekend Rain But It's Not A Total Wash

A windswept soaking rain will impact the weekend.  But the timing of the heaviest rain will help salvage some of our outdoor plans. Saturday looks mainly dry with the chance for shower late in the day.  Some towns will remain dry until Saturday night when steadier rain moves in, coming down heavy at times. Early Sunday morning is a soaker with a few lingering showers through the rest of the day.  Some brightening or breaks of sun are possible in the afternoon. A warming trend arrives next week.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, great sleeping weather. Low: mid 50s to around 60 degrees.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, chance for a late day shower. High: low 70s. Heavy windswept rain moving in at night.

Sunday: Early morning soaking rain. A few lingering showers with clouds slowly breaking for some afternoon sunshine. High: mid 70s to around 80 degrees.

Monday: Partly cloudy, pleasant. High: upper 70s to around 80 degrees.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, humid chance for afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High: upper 70s to lower 80s.

Wednesday: Turning sunny, less humid. High: low to mid 80s.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Heavy Rain This Weekend

Friday will start off cloudy with the chance for a shower or two (mainly in the morning).  Some clearing is possible in the afternoon, especially late day.  This weekend will feature a period of heavy rain and cooler than average temperatures. But at least it won’t be a total wash out. Saturday morning looks dry with the chance for a few afternoon showers.  Luckily, the heaviest rain holds off until Saturday night.  Early heavy rain Sunday will taper to scattered showers for the rest of the day.

Tonight: Shower or two. Low: Low to mid 60s.

Tomorrow: Chance for a few showers, mainly in the morning. Clouds break for some afternoon sunshine. High: mid 70s to around 80 degrees.

Saturday: Increasing clouds, showers possible in the afternoon with heavy rain at night. High: low 70s.

Sunday: Early heavy rain tapers to some scattered showers. Cool.  High: low to mid 70s.

Monday: Partly cloudy, milder. High: mid 70s to around 80 degrees.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, chance for afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High: upper 70s to lower 80s.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Severe Storms Likely Tomorrow

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Tuesday afternoon. The greatest threat will be from 1 – 7 pm with damaging winds, large hail and vivid lightning. There is also a chance for a tornado somewhere in New England thanks to ample wind shear (wind direction that changes with height).

Tuesday will start off cloudy with a spotty shower. Then clouds will break for some sun leading to a warm and humid afternoon. The more sun we get, the stronger afternoon storms will be. If clouds linger, that will limit the severe potential. Storms will be scattered in nature which means not every town will one. Northern Connecticut has slightly better parameters or ingredients for severe weather.  But strong storms are possible anywhere in the state.

I expect the National Weather Service will issue a Severe Thunderstorm Watch shortly.  Perhaps even a Tornado Watch for part of the state tomorrow.  We’ll keep you posted!

Loving this discussion of possible scenarios tomorrow from the NWS Boston
 Tonight: Increasing clouds. Low: Mid 60s to near 70 degrees.

Tomorrow: Chance for a morning shower or thunderstorm. Warm and humid with clouds breaking for some sun.  Afternoon storms could be strong to severe. High: mid to upper 80s.

Wednesday: Sunny, less humid. High: lower to middle 80s.

Thursday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High: lower 80s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High: low to mid 70s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High: low to mid 70s.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Wet Dad's Day

Sunday morning heavy rain tapers to afternoon showers
The weather will not be perfect for outdoor plans with Dad this weekend. Saturday isn’t bad. But temperatures will remain cooler than average with increasing clouds. An isolated shower is possible too.  But the chance for rain goes up…way up on Sunday from the remnant moisture of once Tropical Storm Bill. Rain will be heavy at times Sunday morning. The afternoon looks drier and very humid with some brightening possible. But Saturday is still the safer bet for outdoor weekend plans. Summer arrives Sunday afternoon!

Tonight: Turning less humid. Partly cloudy. Low: Mid 50s to around 60 degrees.

Tomorrow: Some morning sun gives way to increasing clouds. Slight chance for an afternoon shower. High: low to mid 70s. Better chance for rain Saturday night.

Sunday: Very humid with periods of heavy rain in the morning. A few lingering showers in the afternoon with some brightening possible. High: upper 70s to around 80 degrees.

Monday: Mostly sunny, mild and muggy. High: mid 80s.

Tuesday: Clouds and sun with the chance for a few afternoon showers or a thunderstorm. High: upper 70s to lower 80s.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: lower 80s.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Watching Bill

Friday will start off gloomy with overcast skies and the chance for a shower in spots. But clouds will break for sun as the day progresses. Temperatures will be milder than recent days, climbing into the middle 80s. Saturday will be cooler (70s) despite lots of sunshine. It’s also the pick of the weekend for outdoor plans. On Father’s Day the remnants of once Tropical Storm Bill will move into the northeast. Sunday looks humid and wet at times with scattered downpours and thunderstorms.

Tonight: Chance shower. Low: Low 60s.

Tomorrow: Chance for an early shower.  Morning clouds break for afternoon sunshine. Warmer with high:  mid 80s.

Saturday: Sunshine mixing with clouds, a bit cooler. High: mid to upper 70s inland, low 70s for the shoreline.

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Humid. Rain could be locally heavy. High:mid to upper 70s.

Monday: Warm and humid, partly cloudy. High: low to mid 80s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High: low to mid 80s.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Andon Is Going Viral!

Weekend Sandwiched By Showers

A few showers or dying thunderstorms are possible tonight as a cold front approaches.  Luckily, the front will move through Connecticut after peak heating of the day. Otherwise we could have severe weather in the forecast like areas to our northwest.

Our mild, summerlike stretch continues this weekend with highs in the 80s right down to the beaches (albeit a few degrees cooler than inland areas). Any showers will end before 8 am on Saturday. The rest of the day features improvement. Clouds will break for sun and less humid air will filter in as the day progresses. Sunday looks great too!  Early fog will burn away revealing lots of sunshine.  Luckily if summer warmth is drying out your lawn, rain returns on Monday and some could be heavy.

Tonight: Chance for a few showers or a thunderstorm in spots. Mild and muggy. Low: Mid 60s to around 70 degrees.

Tomorrow: Clouds break for sunshine. Becoming less humid as the day progresses.  Mild. High: low to mid 80s.

Sunday: Areas of fog in the early morning. Mostly sunny. Just a few high clouds from time to time. High: low to mid 80s.

Monday: Cool with showers and thunderstorms likely. Rain will come down heavy at times. High: upper 60s to low 70s.

Tuesday: A mix of clouds and sun with the chance for a lingering shower in spots. High: 80s.


Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: Near 80 degrees.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Great Weekend: Dry, Low Humidity, 70s

Don’t let the gray sky Saturday morning scare you.  Early clouds will break for sunshine. Temperatures will climb into the 70s right down to the shoreline, making for a great beach day. Sunday will remain sunny with a few high clouds mixing in late day.  But temperatures will run a few degrees cooler, especially for the beaches with a sea breeze developing. Thunderstorms return to the forecast on Monday followed by a return to summer warmth. We have a chance at hitting 90 degrees by Wednesday.

Tonight: Chance for a shower. Low: mid 50s to around 60 degrees.

Tomorrow: Early clouds break for mostly sunny skies. North wind at 5 to 15 miles an hour. High: mid to upper 70s.

Sunday: Sunny, low humidity. High: low to mid 70s inland.  Cooler at the shoreline in the upper 60s to around 70 degrees.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms developing, mainly in the afternoon.  High: mid 60s to around 70 degrees.

Tuesday: Chance for a lingering morning shower, then some clearing.  Milder. High: upper 70s to low 80s.

Wednesday: Sunny, warm. High: low to middle 80s.

Friday, May 29, 2015

From Summer To Spring

Saturday will be the last summer-like day before some major changes to the forecast.  High temperatures will climb into the 70s and 80s while becoming increasingly muggy. Early areas of fog and clouds will break for some sunshine. A cold front on Sunday will end our summery streak and bring us some beneficial showers and thunderstorms. The day will not be a total wash out. But outdoor plans will be at the mercy of Mother Nature.  That front could stall near the area on Monday bringing a widespread soaking rain. With a moderate drought, we’ll take it!

Tonight:  Increasing clouds, chance for patchy fog. Low: upper 50s to low 60s.

Tomorrow: Areas of early clouds and fog break for some sunshine. High: low to mid 80s inland, upper 70s for the shoreline.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High: mid 60s to around 70 degrees.

Monday: Cooler with periods of rain. Chilly. High: 50s.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with some lingering showers. Remaining cool. High: low to middle 60s.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, dry and pleasant. High: lower 70s.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring Returns, We Need Rain!


Crazy how dry it is after such an active winter. Next chance for rain is Saturday morning. But it will not be enough to wipe out this deficit!

Tonight: Clear, cold! Low: Upper 30s to mid 40s.

Tomorrow: A chilly start to the day. Sunny, less wind than recent days. High: upper 60s to lower 70s.

Friday: Morning sun with increasing afternoon clouds. High: low to mid 70s.

Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds with scattered showers (mainly in the morning). High: upper 60s to low 70s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, warmer. High: mid to upper 70s.

Monday: Partly sunny, not as warm. High: upper 60s to low 70s.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Gloomy Start, Summer Finish

This weekend will get off to a damp and dreary start. Morning clouds, fog and drizzle in spots will greet you Saturday morning. Clouds will break for some sun, mainly in the afternoon with temperatures in the 70s. It will stay cooler along the shore or parts of southeastern Connecticut (60s) where the clouds and fog could linger all day. Summer warmth returns again just in time for Mother’s Day.  After a cloudy start, developing sunshine will help temperatures soar into the 70s and 80s.

Tonight: Becoming cloudy with areas of fog and drizzle. Low: 50s.

Tomorrow: Morning clouds and fog slowly break for some sun. Not as warm. High: mid to upper 70s inland, upper 60s for the shoreline. 

Sunday: Early clouds and fog give way to sunshine. Warmer. High: low to mid 80s inland, low 70s for the shoreline. 

Monday: Clouds and sun, chance for a few showers. High: low to mid 80s inland, low 70s for the shoreline. 

Tuesday: Clouds and sun, chance for a shower or two. High: near 80 inland, mid 70s for the shore. 


Wednesday: Sunny, cooler than recent days. High: mid to upper 60s.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fradiani Fever!

About 2 mins before my weathercast on Thursday, I was informed that Connecticut's American Idol Nick Fradiani would be joining me to do the weather. WHAT!? I quickly jumped into my show timeline and started deleting graphics. I didn't think Nick wanted to show computer models or surface maps. We didn't have any plan going into the weathercast and we didn't need one. Nick was such a down to earth guy and he really knows how to roll with the punches. We're all rooting for you Nick! (Especially me because I don't want you to take my job.)

Milder May

Right on cue, a warm up arrives for the first weekend of May! With a southerly wind, the shoreline will be cooler than inland areas for the next several days. There is also a chance for an isolated shower both days this weekend. But most towns will stay dry with temperatures climbing through the 60s on Saturday and 70s on Sunday! The warm up peaks on Monday with high temperatures approaching 80 degrees. Showers return on Tuesday followed by cooler temperatures for the rest of next week.

Tonight: Partly cloudy.  Low: 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, milder. Chance for an isolated afternoon shower.  High: low 60s inland, mid 60s to around 70 degrees for the shoreline.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and warm with the chance for an isolated pop up shower in the afternoon. High: low to mid 70s inland, near 70 for the shoreline.

Monday: Abundant sunshine, warm. High: mid 70s to around 80 degrees.

Tuesday: A mix of clouds and sun with showers developing. High: low to middle 70s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, not as warm. High: upper 60s to lower 70s.

Friday, April 24, 2015

WarmER But Not Warm This Weekend

The weather will improve this weekend (although that’s not saying much after the last few days).  Grab a winter jacket early Saturday morning with freezing cold.  Temperatures will rebound, topping out near 60 in the afternoon with more sunshine than recent days. A gusty northwest wind will continue Saturday.  While similar temps are likely on Sunday, at least the wind will finally diminish.  Clouds will thicken up throughout the day with the chance for an isolated afternoon shower.
A FREEZE WARNING IS IN EFFECT TONIGHT.  PROTECT ALL EARLY SEASON PLANTS BY BRINGING THEM INSIDE OR COVERING THEM WITH A LIGHT BLANKET.

Tonight: Slow clearing, breezy, COLD. Low: Upper 20s to mid 30s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy, not as cold as recent days. High: mid 50s to around 60. Northwest wind at 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday: Increasing clouds, chance for an isolated afternoon shower.  High: upper 50s to low 60s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with showers developing. High: upper 50s.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. High: low 60s. Some clearing late.

Wednesday: Sunshine with increasing afternoon clouds, warm! High: mid 60s to around 70 degrees.

7 Day Forecast

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cooler Days Ahead!

Showers Wednesday afternoon
A cold front will move through the area Wednesday afternoon.  That front will bring us a round of rain, some heavy, followed by cooler weather Thursday and beyond! Where's the warmth? Well our weather pattern will stall thanks to a traffic backup in the atmosphere.  You will notice a slow moving storm meandering through the great lakes for the coming days.  And until we can kick that low away, 50s will be the new normal!

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low: Low to mid 40s

Tomorrow: Sunshine fades behind increasing clouds, showers developing in the afternoon. Some could be heavy. Breezy south wind at 10 to 20 mph, gusts up to 25 mph. High: low 60s.

Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds, an isolated afternoon shower. High: lower to middle 50s.

Friday: Cool and dry with lots of sunshine. High: low 50s.

Saturday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High: mid to upper 50s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: upper 50s to around 60 degrees.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Warm & Windy Start To The Weekend

There is an enhanced risk for brush fires on Saturday with a combination of gusty winds and low humidity. Other than that, Saturday will also be a great day to spend outside.  Temperatures will soar through the 70s and sunshine will mix with a few afternoon clouds. A cold front will come through in the afternoon. Rain will most likely stay north of Connecticut although there is a chance for an isolated shower. Sunday will be noticeably cooler with high temperatures in the 60s inland, 50s for the shoreline. Wet weather returns late Monday with a coastal storm. Rain could come down heavy at times Monday night into Tuesday.  Cooler, unsettled weather sticks around for most of next week.

Tonight: Clearing. Low: 45-50.

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT SATURDAY.  THAT MEANS A HIGHER RISK OF BRUSH FIRES TO FORM AND SPREAD WITH A COMBINATION OF DRY AIR, MILD TEMPS AND GUSTY WINDS.

Tomorrow: Windy and warm. A gusty northwest wind at 10-20 mph. Higher gusts up to 35 mph. High: 68-75.

Sunday: Sunshine mixing with late day clouds. Cooler. High: 60-65 inland, 55-60 for the shoreline.


Monday: Rain developing, some heavy at times late Monday or Monday night. Cooler. High: 48-53.

Tuesday: Chance for some lingering morning showers. Clouds break for some late day sunshine. High: 60-65.

Wednesday: A mix of clouds and sun, cooler. High: 54-58.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Showers Friday, Windy & Warm Saturday


Rainy start Fri AM
Grab an umbrella on your way out the door Friday. A period of rain in the morning will taper to scattered afternoon showers.  Brightening is possible late in the day with a few peeks of sun. The weather dries out just in time for Friday into the weekend.  Saturday is sunny, windy and warmer with high temperatures around 70 degrees.  Wind gusts could reach 40 miles an hour.  Sunday is noticeably cooler but remains sunny. A coastal storm will bring a round of soaking rain early next week.

Rain late Monday-Monday night
Tonight: Increasing clouds, showers developing towards daybreak. Low: 40s

Tomorrow: Morning rain tapers for afternoon showers. Some late day clearing is possible. High: 60-65

Saturday: Sunny, windy and warm. High: 68-74

Sunday: Sunny, cooler, not as windy. High: 58-64

Monday: Rain developing, some heavy at times late day and at night. High: 48-53

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sunny But Cooler

Tonight: Clear, cool.  Low: 30-40.

Tomorrow: Sunny, cooler with a light onshore breeze. High: temperatures in the low to mid 60s inland, upper 50s for the shoreline.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a few showers, mainly in the morning. High: temperatures in the lower to middle 60s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, breezy and mild.  High: upper 60s to low 70s.

Sunday: Sunshine mixing with late day clouds.  Cooler. High: upper 50s to low 60s.

Monday: Rain developing, some heavy at times late day and at night. High: 50s.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cheers To The Weekend!

A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for the shoreline until 11 pm with visibility lower than ¼ mile.  A shower is possible early tonight followed by clearing with low temperatures dropping through the 40s.

After several days of chilly, cloudy and wet weather, improvement arrives just in time for the weekend! Saturday will be partly to mostly sunny and dry (finally). Winds will be blustery, blowing out of the northwest at 15 to 25 miles an hour. That breeze will add a little chill to the air, with high temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. Sunday is the pick of the weekend with sunshine, less wind and temperatures soaring through the 60s. The milder air will stick around through next week.
Tonight: Early fog and showers followed by clearing. Lows: 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny and finally dry!  Breezy northwest wind at 15 to 25 miles an hour. High: mid to upper 50s.

Sunday: Sunny and warm.  High: mid 60s inland, near 60 for the shoreline.

Monday: Warm with lots of sunshine. High: mid 60s to around 70 degrees.

Tuesday: Rain ending midday followed by some clearing. High: middle 60s inland, low 60s for the shoreline.

Wednesday: Sunny, a bit cooler. High: upper 50s to low 60s.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Icy Conditions Possible Wednesday Night

Cooler air marches in on Wednesday with high temperatures struggling to reach 40 degrees, ouch!  While most of the day will be dry, keep an umbrella handy with the chance for a passing shower.  The big concern will be after the evening commute Wednesday night with a round of sleet and freezing rain possible for parts of inland Connecticut. The morning drive on Thursday could be slippery in spots.  Thursday is another cloudy, cool and damp day.  Milder air moves in Friday into this weekend.

Tonight: Cloudy with areas of fog, drizzle and showers. Low: mid to upper 30s.

Wednesday
: Mostly cloudy, cooler with scattered showers and areas of drizzle. Breezy northeast wind at 10 to 20 miles an hour. High: lower 40s.

Thursday: Chance for early morning sleet or freezing rain. Otherwise, cloudy with occasional showers. High: lower to middle 40s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, milder with scattered showers. High: middle 50s to around 60 degrees.

Saturday: Finally dry and pleasant!  High: mid to upper 50s.

Sunday: Sunny, dry and mild. High: around 60 degrees.

Monday, April 6, 2015

It's All Downhill From Here...Sorry

Soak up that sun! It's all downhill from here. Lots of clouds the rest of the week with showery periods and below average temperatures. Hey...at least the weekend looks promising.

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Low: Low to mid 40s inland, upper 40s for the shoreline.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, cooler with scattered showers.  High: around 50 degrees.

Wednesday: Cloudy and chilly with scattered showers and areas of drizzle. High: lower to middle 40s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy and chilly with the chance for a few showers.  High: lower 40s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, milder with scattered showers. High: low to mid 60s.


Saturday: Sunshine returns, milder. High: upper 50s for the shoreline, lower 60s inland.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Im Back Monday!

After three months of maternity leave, I'm coming back to work on Monday.  But I'm not the same person I was when I left.  I'm the proud mommy of a beautiful baby boy and I've never been happier!

I always thought being a meteorologist was one of the toughest jobs in the world. But that all changed three months ago when we had our son Andon. Being a parent is the most challenging job in the planet!

Here's a secret...I did not experience love at first sight when I met my son. I was scared out of my mind. This little guy was so sweet and helpless. And I was so clueless. I had never changed a diaper before.  I never babysat.  How would I know when to feed or bathe or change him? I didn't want to break this delicate creature!

Flash forward 3 months later and the transformation amazes me.   Not only can I change diapers but I can do them in my sleep (really, I have). I'm not clueless anymore either! I know if Andon is crying after a meal he probably just needs to be burped. If Andon is fussing around 4pm, he's probably just tired. And I know to enjoy every big goofy smile because he's growing and changing so fast! While every parent has fears, they no longer overwhelm me. When I look at Andon I'm overwhelmed with love. 

Coming back to work is bittersweet. I love my job!! I miss forecasting the weather (and having conversations that don't revolve around poop).  But I will also miss spending precious time with my baby. Luckily I still have each morning with him before heading to work.  It's all about finding that balance!

People ask me if I feel like I missed out this winter since the weather was so wild. No way! It was great enjoying all the storms at home with my family. I normally never get to relax and look out  the window when a storm is rolling in. But I'm excited to get back in the action again. Flooding and severe weather season is around the corner!

I might be a little rusty but I'll see you Monday at 5, 10 & 11!

Look at how much he has grown!  This is Andon a few days after birth compared to 3 months!