<![CDATA[NECN - Weather New England]]>Copyright 2017http://www.necn.com/feature/weather-new-england http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN http://www.necn.comen-usFri, 21 Jul 2017 00:49:33 -0400Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:49:33 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Heatwave Continues on Friday]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:41 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Sun+Generic.jpg

A complex of thunderstorms that generated at least one tornado in western New York is sliding across southwestern New England on Friday evening.

Otherwise, spot showers and storms give way to partial clearing and patchy dense fog, with low temperatures in the 60s north and 70s south.

A weak area of high-pressure crosses New England on Friday, and with it we get one more day of heat and humidity. Under mostly sunny skies, the temperature should reach 90 to 95 degrees in southern New England and 80s to near 90 degrees to the north. There's still a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm especially near the Canadian border. Wind should be mostly from the west at to 10 to 20 mph.

Slightly less humid and cooler air moves in Friday night and Saturday. It looks like Saturday will be the pick of the week. Highs should reach the 80s Saturday before clouds increase and showers arrive by evening.

An energized wave of low pressure on a significant weather front may generate heavy rain at times Saturday night into early Sunday. There is the possibility for localized flash flooding by sunrise on Sunday.

If things go well, the rain could move out for a decent Sunday, but clouds and showers may linger. Temperatures will be more comfortable - in the 70s Sunday.

That weather front is going to stall over us, with more periods of rain possible Sunday night and Monday and maybe even into Tuesday, with temperatures remaining on the cooler side mostly in the 70s.

Brighter and drier weather should arrive from Canada on Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures getting back to near 80 degrees.

<![CDATA[Another Steamy Day of Heat and Humidity]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:43:22 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/page3.jpg

We're looking at the steamy prospects of another day in the heat and humidity.

With highs again approaching the low 90s in Southern New England, you might hear the beach or the lake calling again. If you can't heed the call, at least take it slow and find some A/C.

As this cool front settles across Southeast Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut on Thursday night, a burst of energy will ripple overhead in the jet stream. This may spawn a few late night storms across the region, with the focus on Connecticut and Rhode Island.

If they do form, beware of frequent lightning and intense bursts of rain. These things are fickle when they try to form over New England. Many times they revert to just a few passing showers, but sometimes they overachieve and startle a lot of people in the middle of the night.

The end result will be a slightly cooler day Friday and a slide into the 70s by the end of the weekend. Speaking of, it starts nice and then succumbs to clouds by Sunday afternoon.

Looks like we may hold back the showers until late, but this is a work in progress. If our weather system speeds up, we might be seeing them by early afternoon.

<![CDATA[Very Selective Heat Wave]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:38:54 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FCST_DPLUS1_BOSDMA_CONTOUR_ACTIVE3.png

Heat indices soared into the mid-90s this afternoon as the blazing sun combined with humidity to wither some communities.

On a day when thunder might have been welcome, all we saw was a 5-minute downpour flare up near Marshfield, MA. Sure, there was a front floating above Burlington, Vermont, but there was nothing in the upper atmosphere to support it and get organized storms to fire.

We're looking at the steamy prospects of another day in the heat and humidity tomorrow. With highs again approaching the low 90s in Southern New England, you might hear the beach or the lake calling again. If you can't heed the call, at least take it easy and find some A/C.

As this cool front settles across Southeast Mass, Rhode Island and Connecticut tomorrow night, a burst of energy will ripple overhead in the jet stream. This may spawn a few late night storms across the region, with the focus on Connecticut and Rhode Island. If they do form, beware of frequent lightning and intense bursts of rain. These things are fickle when they try to form over New England. Many times they revert to just a few passing showers...but sometimes they overachieve and startle a lot of people in the middle of the night.

End result will be a slightly cooler day Friday and a slide into the 70s by the end of the weekend. Speaking of, it starts nice and then succumbs to clouds by Sunday afternoon. Looks like we may hold back the showers until late, but this is a work in progress. If our weather system speeds up, we might be seeing them by early afternoon.

Stay cool!

<![CDATA[Hazy, Hot and Humid This Week]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:11:14 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FCST_HIGHS_TODAY_NEWENG_ACTIVE+%286%29.png

Heat and humidity stick as strong southwest flow dominants hot weather through the start of the weekend.

Today will feature continued hot and humid conditions with heat indexes flirting with 95 degrees as dew points climb into the low 70s. Highs today reach near 90 degrees across the south and the mid 80s across the north.

Showers and an isolated thunderstorms may develop south of the Mass Pike with such a humid air mass in place. A warm and muggy night is in store for tonight with low temperatures dropping into the upper 60s to near 70 degrees.

Expecting a dry night with fog developing in typically-prone areas. Yet another hot day is on tap across New England Thursday as mostly sunny skies prevail.

Humidity levels will drop slightly but, still expecting heat index values in the low 90s. Mostly dry weather is expected but, a stray shower or t’storm cannot be ruled out given tropical air mass.

Sea breezes will criss-cross the region Thursday as weak land-sea boundary develops. Highs reach into upper 80s to near 90 degrees. West winds bring lower dew points and more comfortable air into New England on Friday.

Highs again will reach into the upper 80s with a few locations flirting with 90 degrees. Areas across the North Country will reach into the mid 80s. An afternoon shower may pop up.

Looking ahead to the weekend, a classic west-to-east flow settles in across New England with several waves of low pressure passing overhead. This will result in showers and scattered thunderstorms on both Saturday and Sunday.

Not expecting a wash-out by any means though. Highs on Saturday crest into the mid 80s before a cold front pushes through the area. On Sunday the cold front will stall south of southern New England with highs dropping back into the upper 70s south and low 70s north.

The stalled front then comes back north as warm front on Sunday night as an area of low pressure approaches from the Great Lakes.

<![CDATA[Flash Flooding Possible in Southern New England]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:43:29 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DFCN4TuXoAAimHD.jpg

Spotty downpours and storms for mostly southern New England stick around along a frontal boundary that eventually slides out later this evening.

These downpours could produce at least 2-4” per hour rainfall rates and if they set up over the same area, we could see some flash flooding and reduced visibility, which could make for tricky conditions for the evening commute.

Tonight, after sunset, these storms will fizzle and any lingering downpours will fizzle around 10 p.m. The humidity will stick around overnight with lows near 70 south, 60s north as patchy fog develops again into the early morning hours.

Get ready for a very warm and humid couple of days ahead. For Wednesday and Thursday, the Bermuda High influence increases across New England, as the Bermuda High ushers in a southwesterly flow, meaning humidity and warmth.

We’re expecting a mostly sunny day with highs reaching into the upper 80s to low 90s away from the coast, mid 80s across the North Country. Another hot and humid day Thursday with an increased risk of showers and thunderstorms as a slow-moving cold front traverses across New England. Highs again reach well into the upper 80s south and low to mid 80s north.

Less humid air works into the region on Friday behind cold front as it stalls across southern New England. Expecting an overall dry day on Friday with highs cresting into the upper 80s. As we look ahead to the weekend, a few rounds of atmospheric energy passing overhead will bring increased threats of showers and thunderstorms.

Another frontal boundary moves through on Saturday but becomes hung up and stalls across southern New England as it interacts with dominant Bermuda High to our southeast. Temperatures cool down a bit compared to the week from later this week with highs reaching into the low to mid 80s across the south and mid 70s across the north. The stalled cold front returns north as a warm front on Sunday, bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area with highs cresting into the low 80s. Slightly cooler temperatures next week are on the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-Day Forecast on NBC Boston and necn.

<![CDATA[High Humidity; Potential for Thunderstorms]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:21:10 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/4pm+Tuesday.png

A Bermuda High will transport hot and humid conditions into New England starting today as a southerly flow develops across the region.

High dew points and late-July sunshine will serve as a potential trigger for showers and thunderstorms. Highs crest into the mid-80s today with sea breezes developing in the afternoon.

A warm and humid night is in store tonight as fog develops. Lows only drop back into the mid to upper 60s. A stray shower or thunderstorm cannot be ruled out amid humid air mass.

It's a very warm and humid couple days ahead for Wednesday and Thursday as Bermuda High influence increases across New England. We're expecting a mostly sunny day with highs reaching into the upper 80s to low 90s away from the coast and mid 80s across the North Country.

Another hot and humid day on Thursday with an increased risk of showers and thunderstorms as a slow-moving cold front traverses across New England. Highs again reach well into the upper 80s south and low to mid 80s north.

Less humid air works into the region on Friday behind cold front as it stalls across southern New England. Expecting an overall dry day on Friday with highs cresting into the upper 80s.

As we look ahead to the weekend, a few rounds of atmospheric energy passing overhead will bring increased threats of showers and thunderstorms. Another frontal boundary moves through on Saturday but becomes hung up and stalls across southern New England as it interacts with dominant Bermuda High to our southeast.

Temperatures cool down a bit compared to the week from later this week with highs reaching into the low to mid 80s across the south and mid 70s across the north. The stalled cold front returns north as a warm front on Sunday, bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area with highs cresting into the low 80s. Slightly cooler temperatures next week are on the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-Day Forecast on NBC Boston and necn.

<![CDATA[Stormy Skies in Northern New England]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:45:37 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DE9Cs3UWsAEn3OQ.jpg

New Englanders started Monday off with some fog along the coast, especially dense for the Cape and the Islands. However, the big story today is the severe weather for northern New England.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for 10 counties in central Vermont and for parts of New Hampshire until 8 p.m. this evening.

A severe thunderstorm watch means storms are possible in that area, and if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, that means you need to take action to get to a safer location. A line of strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to sweep across in a line from northwest Maine, to northern New Hampshire, to central Vermont through 5:30 p.m., and continue to slide eastward through 9 p.m. The main threats with these thunderstorms are torrential rainfall impacting visibility, damaging winds, large hail, frequent lightning and flash flooding.

After 9 p.m., these storms are expected to weaken as they do not have the daytime heating that fuels them. For southern New England, these showers/thunderstorms are expected to reach as far south as Laconia, New Hampshire, so it looks like the Fenway forecast for this evening’s Red Sox game against the Blue Jays will be dry and pleasant with temperatures into the upper 70s by first pitch.

Areas of patchy dense fog are possible overnight, with lows into the 60s, 70s in Connecticut. Tuesday, the humidity continues to crank, with the potential for more thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon for a wider swath of the area, including Maine, New Hampshire, most of Massachusetts, and Connecticut. These will continue into the evening commute, before they too, fizzle around sunset. Highs Tuesday are expected into the mid 80s.

Wednesday and Thursday are the days that bring on the heat and humidity from the southwest, with some locations expected to reach into the 90s both days. A cold front slides in late Thursday into early Friday, ushering in a slight cool down Friday, and closer to seasonal normal by the weekend. Saturday and Sunday are expected to be gorgeous with highs into the lower 80s and mostly dry with a chance for storms late Sunday into next Monday.

As always, stay up to date on the latest weather alerts and warnings in your area with the necn/NBC Boston app.

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<![CDATA[Warm, Humid Mix For Monday]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:16:43 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN+3pm+Monday.jpg

After a mild and muggy start with temperatures in the 60s to near 70° early Monday, we will have a partly sunny sky and scattered showers and thunderstorms. At the ocean, fog and low clouds should see a slow burn off.

So we have increasing sunshine at the beach, and decreasing sunshine away from the coast. A line of thunderstorms from northwestern Massachusetts, across Vermont, and into central and northern New Hampshire, and western Maine may produce torrential downpours with possible flash flooding and damaging thunderstorm winds during the afternoon.

The temperature may not be quite as warm is Sunday, with high temperature in the 70s near the ocean to low and mid 80s inland, but humidity is a little bit higher so it feels about the same. The wind is light and variable with local onshore breezes.

Showers and storms diminish with the setting sun, but we stay mild and muggy overnight with patching dense fog once again, low temperature in the 60s.

The weak front responsible for showers and storms regenerate on Tuesday with a repeat threat for heavy thunderstorms a little bit south and east of where they occur on Monday. Otherwise the day is very similar with humidity and temperatures in the low 80s and a tendency for light variable wind.

Wednesday the atmosphere should dry out a little bit, even though humidity remains high at the surface, it's a little less humid up in the sky so the threat for thunderstorms should diminish. That means more sunshine than clouds on with warm to hot high temperatures close to 90°, a little cooler at the coast.

Yet another energy center comes along the stalled boundary with a chance for more showers and thunderstorms Thursday and Thursday night. Then on Friday we should see a little bit drier weather with temperatures cooling back down to the lower 80s, even the 70s north. The weekend is a tough call as there maybe another energy center getting close, but for now we will call for more sunshine than clouds with seasonable temperatures in the low 80s.

<![CDATA[Temperatures Rise With Return of Sunshine]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:45:28 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SundayBlog.jpg

After an unseasonably cold end to the work week, and a relatively nice afternoon yesterday, we continue the improvement, along with rising temperatures.

For our Sunday, morning fog lifts and will give way to plenty of sunshine. A disturbance that’s bringing showers to our neighbors to the north could bring a spot shower into the mountain region of far northern New England, but these will be hit or miss and quick moving, not of “wash-out” material.

With light winds, an afternoon seabreeze will develop, so the coastal regions will be slightly cooler than farther inland. Highs today will range from mid-85s in southwestern New England, to low 80s north, and upper 70s to near 80 at the immediate coast.

As far as the double header at Fenway as the Sox take on the Yankees, there will be plenty of sun and temperatures near 80, but don’t forget the ball cap or the sunscreen, to shield the sunshine, especially if you end up on the side of the stadium in direct sunlight.

As the second game picks up at 8:05 p.m., temperatures will start to slip into the mid-70s, with overnight lows expected to be into the low 60s under mostly clear skies, great for viewing any of the northern lights tonight.

Looking ahead to the work week, get ready for the heat to kick up by midweek. With the heat, along with the humidity and a weak front that slides in from southern Canada into New England, we will see chances for showers and thunderstorms both Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

The chance for rain Monday remains fairly low with Tuesday’s chances higher. Some of the storms that pick up on Tuesday could be on the stronger side. Highs on Monday and Tuesday remain into the low 80s. Wednesday and Thursday, the heat cranks into the mid to upper 80s, with some spots reaching 90.

<![CDATA[Summer Weather is Back]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:15:04 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/weather+blog.+jpg.png

The weather front that brought in cooler air and clouds the last few days is pretty much falling apart right over New England. Though there's enough instability remaining in the atmosphere that we may end up with a spot to shower two, most of our Sunday looks nice. After mild and muggy Saturday night with a low temperature in the 60s, any early low clouds and patchy fog burns off to a warm and humid mix of clouds and sunshine with temperatures in the 80s.

A spot shower or thunderstorm is possible in mostly northern New England. At the beach the wind should be light onshore, mostly from the south-southeast about 5 to 15 mph, and a sunshine factor of about 7 out of 10.

Skies will partially clear at night with temperatures only slowly falling through the 70s into the 60s, and patchy dense fog possible for early Monday.

Another weak front from southern Canada slowly transits New England both Monday and Tuesday, that means it stays warm and humid with a chance for a shower in a thunderstorm. The chance for rain Monday is fairly low, the chance for rain on Tuesday is much higher. Most of us have the threat for a strong thunderstorm during the day Tuesday with temperatures still in the 80s.

Somewhat less humid air arrives on Wednesday with a mixture of sun and clouds, it stays warm with a high temperature in the 80s.

The frontal boundary is still nearby and will likely have a little bit of energy coming along on Thursday into Friday with a chance of more showers and thunderstorms late Thursday and early Friday. Temperatures will cool off a bit on Friday into the 70s as our sky should slowly clear. That may set the stage for bright and nice weekend next weekend with temperatures near seasonable levels in the low 80s.

<![CDATA[Sunshine Slowly Returns This Weekend]]> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:42:17 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DEw_7q3WAAE8tqI.jpg

After a gloomy start on Saturday, more and more sunshine continues to work out across New England. While a few spotty showers will continue to drift through today, these will not impact your plans in a meaningful way. Winds will be light, so a slight sea breeze will keep much of Eastern New England in the 60s and 70s. Farther inland, where sun pokes out first, expect highs in the 70s and 80s.

Overnight skies will keep clearing, but some patchy fog will develop as lows slip into the 50s and 60s.

Any early fog burns off tomorrow morning, allowing ample sunshine for the rest of the day. Highs will be in the 80s for most. There may be a spot shower over the mountains of Northern New England, but that’s about it. For most it will be a beautiful day.

Expect some more morning fog early on Monday, but that too will burn off to partly cloudy skies. We’ll watch a few more storms north and west of Boston in particular during the afternoon. Similar conditions are expected for Tuesday before we cruise closer to 90 by Wednesday.

<![CDATA[Northern Lights Coming to New England]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:31:35 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/180*120/042109MotherEarth32.jpg

It's not often that we get the chance to see the Aurora Borealis, but after months of little or no action from our sun, this may be the weekend.

A huge M2 class solar flare erupted from the surface of the sun Thursday around 10 p.m. This set off a chain of events that led up to a CME, or Coronal Mass Ejection. Essentially, robust energy was hurled away from the sun, across the solar system, and directed toward Earth.

Our magnetic field is up to the task to deflect that energy (and subsequently protect us), but in doing so, it will put on a brilliant light show. The brightest color tapestry will be across the high latitudes -– Alaska, Central and Northern Canada, and the northernmost part of the United States.

That puts northern New England in the crosshairs for a potentially colorful display on Sunday and Monday night. To see it, you simply need patience and a dark sky. Look north any time after sunset.

Happy viewing!

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<![CDATA[Rain Continues Amid Weekend Warm-Up]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:24:11 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/fronts+071417.jpg

We have close to record cold high temperatures for our Friday for most of southern New England as the cloud cover, along with the onshore winds, kept most of New England on the colder side.

The place to be Friday was Maine, where temperatures soared into the mid to upper 70s under plenty of sunshine.

Showers with a few embedded downpours and thunder will slide in later Friday night, so we're not out of the woods just yet in terms of rain. Overnight lows slip to near 60 south, 50s north. Saturday starts off cloudy with a few lingering showers.

We'll see some breaks of sun, but that will allow more showers and thunderstorms to pop up through the early afternoon. It will not be a washout, but clouds will keep us still slightly below normal. Highs reach into the 70s for most, low 80s in Connecticut.

Sunday is the pick of the weekend, with highs into the 80s and peeks of sun with low humidity, making for a great day for any of your outdoor plans. A passing shower in the mountains is possible by the late afternoon, but these will not be widespread.

Temperatures warm and humidity rises to start the work week though, along with the chance of thunderstorms for Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures peak it near 90 Wednesday before cooling back down towards the end of the week.

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<![CDATA[Mostly Dry Friday, Improving Conditions Through the Weekend]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:38:30 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/weather1.jpg1.png

A northeast flow off of the Atlantic Ocean keeps New England cool and raw on Friday. Clouds hang tough, with quick-hitting showers possible.

Highs only reach into the mid- to upper-60s, about 10 to 15 degrees below-normal given the time of year. In fact, a few locations may tie some coolest high temperature records. In Boston, the record lowest high was 66 degrees set back in 1926. In 1961, Worcester set a lowest high temperature record of 65 degrees.

Showers move in across the region overnight as a disturbance in the atmosphere passes overhead. Thunder may rumble across western Massachusetts and Vermont. Lows drop to around 60 degrees.

Saturday is looking like a continuation of showers, with temperatures rising into the mid to upper 70s.

We will be in between a departing area of low pressure and an approaching cold front from the Great Lakes on Sunday. We're expecting a dry and mostly sunny day with highs returning back to seasonal norms in the mid 80s south and low 80s north.

The summer pattern moves back into New England by Monday, as high pressure located near Bermuda regains influence over the region. An area of upper-level low pressure moves over New England and maintains predominant flow from the southwest, meaning sultry weather. Expect showers and thunderstorms across the interior as daily instability builds.

On Tuesday, warm and humid weather continues, with the scattered thunderstorm focus shifting east towards Worcester and eastern Connecticut. Highs will reach into the mid 80s.

Mostly sunny skies are expected for the middle of the week, with the threat of scattered showers and thunderstorms around. It will be hot on Wednesday, with a few locations hitting 90 degrees, and mid-to upper-80s elsewhere south and low 80s across the north.

Warm and humid weather continues right into Thursday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing during the day north of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

More details are on your exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-Day Forecast on NBC Boston and necn.

<![CDATA[Where Did Summer Go?]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:27:09 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_CURRENT_24HRTEMPCHANGE_NEWENG.png

The cool weather came in like a slap in the face. It was sent down from Northern Maine on the heels of a northeast wind. Dewpoints crumbled as the wind shifted too, making it feel like late spring - not mid-summer.

Beach weather will have to wait. We'll sit in the showers tonight and the clouds tomorrow as the flow remains off the water. Highs will be WAY below normal. In fact, with a temp near 64 tomorrow, we should break the record cold high temperature (obscure record, I know) of 66 set back in 1926 in Boston. 

But look. This isn't the end of the summer, and it's (somewhat) comforting to know that it this is the coldest we get for July. So, how do we get out of it?

Simply switch the wind direction and bring back the sun. Certainly a tall order, and one that may take until Saturday afternoon to accomplish. Sunday will be back to summer mode with a ton of sun and a bit more humid air.

Next week sees the pattern get very interesting. A Bermuda High pressure system may set up along the Eastern Seaboard and send the heat and humidity right into New England. In fact, we could be on the verge of a heat wave by midweek for some towns and cities.

Summer is hardly over.

<![CDATA[More Storms Today, Flash Flood Threat Remains]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:39:19 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/thunda.jpg

Although Thursday’s weather map looks very similar to 24 hours ago – a slow moving front interacting with energetic disturbances aloft – there has been an important, subtle shift: the front separating cooler and warmer air and serving to focus storms has sagged south just a bit.

A southward move of the front puts yesterday’s hard-hit Boston Metro into the cooler, less humid air, meaning fuel is very limited for substantial storm development.

Instead, the Boston area will find showers and then a period of late day rain, but the threat for flash flooding today shifts south to the Hartford-Providence corridor, with Cape Cod seeing heavy rain and thunder arriving late afternoon through evening and some poor drainage flooding possible.

Summer air will try to return Saturday but will clash with the recent cooling, and this should mean stubborn Saturday clouds with a few showers possible, particularly in Northern and Western New England, but it's not expected to be a day-jeopardizing event.

Sunday should be a great day, as summer air returns, leading to a classic summer pattern next week that will include high temperatures in the 80s with some afternoon storms in the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.

<![CDATA[Flooding Rain Moves On]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:47:36 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_2PART_2DAYS_BOSTON3.png

The fire hose was on full blast today. In what could only be described as biblical, flooding rain inundated parts of Massachusetts as weak air boundaries set off thunderstorms.

Those boundaries were composed of old sea breezes, new sea breezes, and outflow from other storms. With so much humidity in the air, you could have sneezed and set off a storm. So with a little nudge, the skies opened up.

Streets literally turned to streams as 1 to 2 inches of rain fell in a matter of minutes. Indeed, rainfall rates in the storms were up to 3 to 5 inches per hour. Moreover, the upper level winds were very light, so these storms barely budged.

Thankfully, that all winds down overnight. In the wake of the flash floods, the cooler air will move in and a more general rain will cover a good part of Southern and Central New England tomorrow.

What's remarkable is how the shift in wind direction (to the northeast) will stem the tide of humidity and draw down near record-setting temperatures on Friday.

Boston's record cold high temperature (confusing, yes) is a mere 66 on Friday. I'm forecasting a teeth-chattering (for July at least) 65. East winds and occasional mist/showers/drizzle should get the job done.

Fret not, summer isn't over. Saturday sees a return of the sun - give it at least until midday - and a turn in the wind. We should at least make the low 70s.

Beach weather is back all next week as the heat builds on the southwest wind. Thunder is more elusive as well. It should give us a chance to wring out after these crazy downpours.

<![CDATA[Severe Storms Produce Hail, Damaging Wind; More Ahead]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:04:00 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/201*120/severe+potential+071217.jpg

Severe weather is firing all over New England Wednesday afternoon.

We've seen several severe-warned storms producing damaging wind gusts and large hail, and some have even shown weak rotation. We can't rule out the possibility of an isolated tornado with some of these storms, but the biggest threats remain damaging wind and hail.

Localized flash flooding is also a possibility, and most of Southern New England is under a flash flood watch. The best energy and dynamics remain over southern New England through the evening.

Another wave of rain moves in overnight, this time favoring northern New England, but sliding south as the front that has been sitting over us for several days finally moves south.

As the front moves south, temperatures and humidity drop off dramatically. We'll still hit the 80s through most of southern New England early, with temperatures dropping into the 70s, even the 60s in spots, as the day goes on.

Thunderstorms are still possible Thursday, with the biggest severe risk being once again over southern New England, where the front will interact with the lingering humidity to produce some storms.

Friday is a cool day with spotty showers moving through. We start to warm again this weekend, with Saturday still being pretty temperate. We're back in the 80s Sunday, and we'll stay there all next week with chances of storms popping up once again early in the week.

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<![CDATA[Strong Thunderstorms Move Through the Region]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:06:14 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/storms4.jpg

Severe thunderstorms moved through multiple New England counties Wednesday.

Damage reports were received after trees and power lines fell in Grafton, Upton and Mendon, Massachusetts. Hail was also reported in Milford.

The past couple of days we’ve been watching a stalled out front nearby – Wednesday, it is impacting our weather significantly.

Keep in mind that a front divides different types of air – in this case humid warmth south from drier air north – but also can result in changing wind direction over a short distance and it’s that second component that becomes important today.

Thunderstorms developing from midday onward will remain scattered, but also will be fueled by humidity and the changing wind direction will encourage some rotation inside stronger storms: this all adds up to the potential for localized damaging wind and perhaps even an isolated tornado, depending on just how strong the storms can grow.

As such, we encourage folks to have shelter nearby if outside this afternoon and keep an eye to the western sky. Localized flash flooding from torrential rain is also a possibility for a few communities hit by stronger storms.

The action wanes tonight with patchy fog, then a soupy start Thursday leads to some showers transitioning us to sharply cooler air by late day, sticking around for cool rain showers Friday.

Clouds will likely be stubborn on Saturday, but we start an improvement that continues through Sunday, with summer warmth and humidity returning Sunday through most of next week in the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day.

<![CDATA[Humidity Continues, Scattered Storms On Way]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:42:54 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/WeatherBlog1.jpg

After a soggy start to the day, we’ve been able to see some sunny breaks at times, but the humidity has been making its presence known with dew points in the 70s (that’s on tropical side).

Through this evening, we have the potential for some pop-up thunderstorms from northwest Maine, through New Hampshire, and into the midsection of Massachusetts. These will likely be during that evening commute, but they will be scattered and not in a uniform line, so plan on driving in and out of them depending on the duration of your evening drive.

Overnight, we’ll see some areas of patchy fog, especially along the coastal waters, otherwise partly cloudy with lows into the upper 60s. The unsettled weather pattern that commenced today will continue through most of the week. A frontal boundary draped along the Massachusetts and Vermont state line will fluctuate north and south through Friday.

It’s a stationary front still it stays relatively in the same place over the course of this week. It’s also the boundary between the cool Canadian air to the northwest with the warm, soupy, humid air to the southwest. Where these air masses meet, it’s a battle zone of downpours and storms.

Wednesday brings these showers to the northwest in the morning, followed by storms by the mid to late afternoon for southern New England. Thursday, we rinse, wash, repeat with the front continuing to stick around. However, from Wednesday to Thursday, we could see a 10 degree difference in high temperatures as a back-door cold front slides in from the north, making for a complicated forecast.

Highs Wednesday will be in the 80s, while Thursday will be in the lower 70s. This front finally clears the area by Friday, with a few lingering showers in the morning hours for southern New England.

Friday’s high temperatures will also be in the lower 70s. This weekend looks salvageable for your outdoor plans, but just keep your eyes to the skies with rain chances late Saturday and also storm chances late Sunday into Monday. Plus, we return to the 80s by the second half of the weekend, followed by a warm-up through the extended forecast.

<![CDATA[Numerous Rounds of Showers, Storms This Week]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:58:37 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_BOARD_PIC_WITH_TEXT1.png

Tuesday morning rain was accompanied by some thunder and represented the leading edge of humid air, moving back into New England for the midweek. Though steady rain is departing by midday Tuesday, the moisture-rich atmosphere will brew a few isolated or widely scattered showers, downpours and thunder Tuesday afternoon as highs reach the 80s with breaks of humid sun.

So much moisture in the air will result in areas of fog Tuesday night and an uncomfortable night for sleeping, leading to another humid day Wednesday and a 35-40-percent chance of thunder during the afternoon.

Cooler air is sitting just north of the Canadian border, however, and that cooler air will push south late Wednesday into Thursday, north to south, respectively, accompanied by some showers and a dramatically cooler and less humid feeling by late Thursday.

Cool air sticks around Friday with lots of clouds and showers not far away from Southern New England and we’ll watch that closely. The weekend looks mostly dry though clouds will probably be stubborn Saturday, especially in the morning, and humid air with a chance of thunder returns Sunday afternoon.

Thereafter, warmth, humidity and scattered thunder likely returns as a summer pattern takes hold next week in the exclusive 10-day forecast.

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<![CDATA[Humidity Levels Increasing; Thunderstorms Possible]]> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:44:21 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FRONTS_BOSDMA+%281%292.png

For the time-being, New England continues to enjoy pleasant summer weather, but changes are ahead.

Summer warmth comes without all that much humidity today, and aside from some recurring showers straddling our border with Canada, the region remains dry with high temperatures in the 80s for one and all.

Clouds will gradually increase today, thickening tonight and yielding a few showers as soon as Tuesday morning, when humidity increases in the atmosphere.

The chance of a scattered shower or storm lingers much of Tuesday amidst humidity and highs in the 80s with a busy south and southwest wind.

As the week progresses, New England will inch ever closer to an active jet stream wind flow aloft, and a coincident surface frontal boundary separating cool from warm air – and while a break in the action is expected for most on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are likely to bring rain and showers, respectively, as small waves of low pressure ride along the nearby front.

Conditions are expected to improve for the weekend before a renewed chance of thunder toward the end of the exclusive 10-day forecast.

<![CDATA[Sunny to Stormy]]> Sun, 09 Jul 2017 17:34:39 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Expected+Rain.jpg

It was a beautiful Sunday for most of New England. (There were a few thunderstorms in northern New England.) Temperatures climbed into the 80s, humidity levels were (fairly) low – perfect for July. We will have one sunnier day before the weather turns active once again. Humidity levels will increase Monday. Most locations will stay dry, but a late day shower is possible away from the ocean.

Tuesday will be hot and humid with thunderstorms. It will be tough to time out the storms, but they will deliver locally heavy rain and some could even be severe with damaging winds and hail. There is an enhanced flash flood/urban flood threat. Although Boston is only “slightly” above normal when it comes to rainfall, some areas have seen some incredible totals over the last couple of weeks. Through Thursday, one to three inches of rain is likely throughout the region.

Thursday will be a tricky temperature forecast. A backdoor cold front will be moving through. Northern New England will see high temperatures in the 50s! Meanwhile, in southern New England, we will see another warm, humid day with high temperatures in the middle 80s. At this point, it will be a low confidence temperature forecast Thursday.

The cold front moves through on Friday. With any luck, we should dry out in time for the weekend. We are being a little conservative with our high temperatures, but (at this point) expect high temperatures around 80°.

<![CDATA[Mild Dry Evening as the Moon Rises in the East]]> Sun, 09 Jul 2017 13:03:23 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Sunday+4pm6.png

Beautiful moonlit sky tonight with comfortable sleeping weather, mostly clear with low temperature in the 50s and 60s.

The atmosphere becomes a bit more energized tomorrow, with fair-weather clouds building rapidly, and a few spot showers. It's more humid, but still plenty of sunshine around and temperatures in the 80s. Wind tomorrow from the southwest 10 to 20 mph.

A stronger front arrives tomorrow night, with downpours possible to start today Tuesday. The day looks like a warm and humid day with temperatures mostly in the 80s and scattered showers and thunderstorms, rainfall could be locally heavy. It's a hit or miss kind a day, so don't cancel any plans just keep an eye on the weather app.

We likely have a bit drier weather from Canada here on Wednesday with good amount of sunshine and temperatures back to the lower 80s and lower humidity.

The big ticket item of this week, is what's going to happen Thursday and Friday? There's some serious cold air in Canada and a lot of heat across the United States, it looks like the battle zone once again will set up over the Great Lakes and right into New England with possible flooding rains later Thursday and Friday. It's a ways off, but we have to keep an eye on it as it's been a very volatile spring and early summer, our rivers are high and there's no end to this pattern in sight.

<![CDATA[Thunder to Better Weather]]> Sat, 08 Jul 2017 22:12:07 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/blog5.jpg

It’s been a wild 48 hours of weather across New England. Yesterday, portions of Cape Cod received nearly 5” of rain! There were more than three dozen flood and flash flood reports. I gave a talk this morning on the Cape and saw several Servpro trucks headed over the Sagamore Bridge. Normally we see standing water in low-lying intersections, but this flooding was a bit more extreme – inundating some homes and businesses and washing away sections of roadway.

As the Cape and Islands dried out today, areas north of the Mass Pike were hit hard by strong to severe thunderstorms. The Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire were particularly hit hard. At the peak, thousands were left in the dark and numerous trees toppled. There were several rounds of thunderstorms in these areas. Get ready to cut the grass – your lawns will need it soon!

If your outdoor plans were cancelled today, you can reschedule them for tomorrow. Tomorrow will be nearly perfect: bright blue skies, sunny, warm and no humidity. We follow Sunday up with another beautiful day on Monday --- even more sunshine.

Tuesday turns a bit more humid and unsettled. Showers and thunderstorms are likely. At this point, it is unlikely that we will see an strong or severe thunderstorms. However, with a humid air-mass in place, tropical downpours are possible. It won’t take much to see some minor urban and small stream flooding. Once the heavier rain retreats, showers will persist through the end of the week.

An early call for next week? It appears to be pretty nice!

<![CDATA[Warming Up and Drying Out]]> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:44:58 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_2PART_2DAYS_BOSTON2.png

The fire hose was turned on the Vineyard and Mid Cape this afternoon. A tropical downpour crossed and the sky opened up. Rainfall amounts peaked at over 4 inches (!) in Barnstable and Yarmouth, while surrounding communities received between 1-2 inches with a glancing shot.

Elsewhere, storms charged into Vermont and slivers of sun broke through from time to time.

What's certain is the humidity is back. And as if on cue (for this summer at least), an approaching cool front will fire up a more storms tomorrow afternoon.

First up is Western New England in the early afternoon. Some storms may be strong to severe as the line progresses to Central New England by mid-afternoon. Finally, the front crosses into Eastern New England (read: Greater Boston) by the evening. "Oh no," you say. "I have tickets to the NKOTB concert at Fenway!" Fret not, the storms will be hit & miss, and they're likely to be passing. So if you're unlucky enough to get a storm, hang tough. As the night progresses, the storms will all end and you should be in the clear for the trek back to the car.

Sunday is screaming beach day with a drying west/northwest wind and a ton of sun. Lingering warmth will give us a chance to hit the mid-80s again.

We'll see-saw back and forth with the humidity early next week before a definitive cool front pushes through Tuesday and sends us into a beautiful stretch of sunny weather.

Enjoy the weekend!

<![CDATA[Heavy Rain Causes Street Flooding on Cape, Vineyard]]> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:48:51 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/falmouth4.png

Photo Credit: Gil David Correia]]>
<![CDATA[Last Day of Dry Stretch Before Rain Returns Friday]]> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 23:48:29 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FCST_HIGHS_TODAY_NEWENG_ACTIVE+%283%29.png

Dry weather persists today as high pressure that has brought fantastic summer weather to New England shifts east offshore.

Today features continued sunny and dry weather with highs reaching into the low to mid 80s. Clouds increase in coverage tonight as a warm front currently located across Virginia approaches the region.

Expecting an overall dry night aside from some brief showers that may develop across central New Hampshire and southern Maine. Lows dip back into the low 60s across the south to 60 degrees north.

Rain moves in tomorrow morning as surge of moisture traverses overhead. Heavy rain is possible within any stronger storms on Friday given high moisture.

There is also a low risk of a spin-up or waterspout along the South Coast near the warm front. Expecting all of this activity to occur during the early morning before waning by mid to late morning.

Highs Friday will be cooler than today in the mid to upper 70s. Looking ahead to the weekend, relatively dry period returns with Sunday looking picture-perfect.

A cold front approaches New England on Saturday. With humidity lingering, some showers and a few thunderstorms expected during the first half of Saturday before activity clears out for the second half of the day. Highs on Saturday reach into the low 80s south and mid 70s north.

Truly fantastic summer weather on Sunday with lower humidity levels and mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 70s with a sea breeze developing at the coast.

We move into an unsettled pattern into next week as an upper-level low pressure sets up overhead. Temperatures are looking seasonable during this time.

<![CDATA[Unsettled Weather on the Way Friday]]> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:11:49 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/rain51.jpg

After a gorgeous Fourth of July, we've got great news - that nice weather sticks around Wednesday, Wednesday night and for most of our Thursday.

The reason behind the splendid, picture perfect weather is the dome of high pressure that has settled over New England, but that will lose its grip on our weather as it slips off the New England coastline, allowing for the soupy, humid and soggy weather to our southwest (from Missouri to Tennessee to Virginia) to slide in.

Overnight, temperatures are expected to slip back into the 50s north, near 60 south under mostly clear skies and possibly some fog closer to the coastline.

Thursday is still salvageable, since most of the day will be dry except for a spot shower for the North Country in the early morning hours. It’s the building clouds and humidity that will impact our Thursday.

Friday, the last day of the work week (or of your holiday vacation) brings the threat for rain, possibly a soaking rain in the morning in Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts as the leading edge of the warm front, along with a duo of low pressure systems. The second low brings more rain by the evening commute and a southwesterly, humid flow for southern New England.

Northern New England will also see rain Friday evening ahead of a cold front that will be knocking on our doorstep from our neighbors to the northwest. That cold front will be ushering in drier, cooler air, but this will be clashing with warm, humid air from the warm front and low pressure systems. This clash will spawn a few showers and storms along this front as it traverses the area from the northwest to the southeast on Saturday.

If you have outdoor plans this weekend and were wondering which would be the better day to get yardwork done, Sunday will be drier and less oppressive, compared to Saturday.

Next week brings summer-like weather with highs into the 80s with pop-up storms by the afternoon and evening from Tuesday through Friday, with the best chances for storms being Thursday afternoon.

In the meantime, to stay ahead of unsettled weather, download the NBC Boston or necn apps to get severe weather alerts and when to expect those storms to move in for any of your outdoor plans or while you’re on the go.

<![CDATA[A Few More Beautiful Days Before Storms]]> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:06:31 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_NONONSENSE_PT118.png

We're expecting a couple of more beautiful days. Today high temperatures will climb to 80° with full sunshine.

Clouds steadily increase during the day on Thursday, but most of the day will remain dry. High temperatures will climb into the upper 70s.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely on Friday. Locally heavy rain is possible. Temperatures will reach the low 80s on Friday.

A cold front moves in Friday night into Saturday morning. Showers and storms will clear out by mid morning Saturday.

The afternoon looks perfect for the beach. We are expecting another beach day on Sunday with sunny skies and temperatures up to 80°.

More sunshine for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week. Temperatures ranging between 80 and 85°.

Humidity begins to increase mid to late week.

Showers and storms return that following Thursday and Friday.

<![CDATA[Picture Perfect Fireworks Forecast]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 23:46:13 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/TuesdayPM+blog.jpg

With high pressure building in today, expect a gorgeous mostly sun-filled day across southern New England.

Northern New England will see a few spotty showers and in far northern New Hampshire and Maine, but these should subside and disperse by dinnertime.

Temperatures through this afternoon and evening will range from the low 80s south, 70s north. By dusk, just in time for those festive fireworks displays, skies will be clear with temperatures slipping from the lower 70s to the 60s, so if you get chilly easily, you might need to bring the light sweater with you.

High pressure sticks around for Wednesday under plenty of sunshine and low humidity, with high temperatures near 80. Humidity builds Thursday and Friday as high pressure moves out to sea, allowing for a southwesterly flow and the next system to slide in.

By Thursday evening, we could see showers with a few heavy downpours into western New England and rain chances will continue to rise into Friday for most of New England. Highs will be into the low 80s, but slightly more muggy compared to today and tomorrow.

For the second full weekend of July, thunderstorms are still possible Saturday, but Sunday looks to be the best day for outdoor plans out of the weekend.

The following week remains nice with a few afternoon thunderstorms possible each day and highs remain seasonable - into the 80s.

<![CDATA[The Future of Forecasting]]> Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:34:33 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/The_Future_of_Forecasting.jpg

Imagine a weather forecast so precise that you know exactly when it's going to rain, down to street level. It may sound too good to be true, but it's now a reality, thanks to a brand new Boston start up. Meteorologist Michael Page shows us the innovative new technology they’re using to do it.

<![CDATA[Cold Front Drops Through Region Ahead of 4th of July]]> Mon, 03 Jul 2017 23:45:49 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FIREWORKS_3PART+%281%29.png

A gorgeous 4th of July is in store for the region, with lower humidity returning. A ribbon of thicker clouds across northern New England will fizzle out through mid-morning, giving way to a mix of sun and clouds this afternoon. 

Highs today will crest to near 90 south, and into the upper 70s north. With the exception of a passing shower in Maine, it will be a great night for many towns launching fireworks.

Lows will dip into the 60s across the south, 50s and more crisp in the northern hollows. A dome of high pressure will sink down from Canada tomorrow, bringing with it a more comfortable, drier airmass.

Pleasant sunshine will allow temps to warm into the 80s – a sea breeze will keep coastal locations south and east a few degrees cooler. The forecast looks perfect for fireworks on the 4th, with light winds and temps in the upper 70s after sunset. 

The high will crest directly overhead by the middle of the week, which will lock in sunny skies and more seasonable weather through mid-week.

Southerly flow behind a passing warm front Thursday will usher in another sticky airmass, with an uptick in showers also expected off and on Thursday night into Saturday, particularly Friday and Saturday afternoon, before drying for Sunday in our exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-Day.

<![CDATA[Cloudy Cooler Night Expected]]> Sun, 02 Jul 2017 23:48:25 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DDuGcgRXUAAcnz-.jpg

More sun is ahead on Monday, but there may be a spot shower as a cold front crosses the area. That won’t be a major issue, and behind the front, we’ll find even lower humidity.

The Fourth of July also looks sunny and pleasant with low humidity and highs near 80. A mountain sprinkle is possible, but the vast majority of us will stay dry until storm chances increase again Thursday and Friday.

<![CDATA[Nasty Storms and Diminishing Humidity]]> Sun, 02 Jul 2017 00:20:08 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FCST_HIGHS_TOMORROW_NEWENG3.png

It was an amazing day of severe weather in Northern New England. 6 tornado warnings were issued, with one confirmed tornado on Sebago Lake in Maine. Thousands are without power thanks to the strong winds, while many communities saw washed out roads and inundated basements due to torrential rain.

The front that touched off the storms is marching for Southern New England tonight. I don't expect the same outbreak of severe weather, but we could have a few storms with heavy rain and some strong winds. Threat remains low for these storms to get out of hand.

As the front crosses, the air will slowly dry out tomorrow. Humidity will be high to start, then lower in the afternoon with an establishing west wind. Sun dominates - may have to wait until midday on the Cape/Islands - and the air is still very warm. Screams beach day to me, so pack the sunscreen and put your toes in the sand.

Ditto for Monday. Highs again soar into the 80s under a good supply of sun. Independence day is nice as well, but the highs will be a bit below normal - toppinig out in the mid and upper 70s regionwide. Superb for fireworks in the evening with clear skies and great visibility.

Enjoy and be safe this holiday weekend!

<![CDATA[Severe Weather Hitting Northern New England]]> Sat, 01 Jul 2017 18:56:37 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Weather+Saturday.png

A boundary, or weather front, between cold air in Canada and warm and humid air over the eastern United States is once again set up just to the west of New England.

We are on the warm and humid side of the front. Along this boundary we watch thunderstorms develop once again today, becoming strong to severe as they move into New England this afternoon.

After a hazy mix of sun and clouds this morning with a few scattered showers, thunderstorms become more widespread from northwest to southeast between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wind is once again gusting from the south past 25-30 mph near the shore. The ocean is choppy with a 2 to 4 foot seas.

We have a mid-day low tide, so it will be high tide just before the sun goes down. A good evening for fishing as long as you keep an eye on the sky because some of the storms will make it all the way to the coast. High temperatures today will be in the 80s with the dewpoint near 70 degrees.

Not everyone gets the torrential rain, but those who do could see 2 inches or more in a very short time. That's why we have a flash flood watch continuing for much of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Evening showers and thunderstorms will only slowly subside overnight, and we may have ongoing rain on Cape Cod right late night and into sunrise. The back edge of the rain is the leading edge of less humid air.

Tomorrow looks fantastic with much lower humidity and a brighter sky. Temperatures warm close to 90 degrees in eastern New England with the wind from the west 10 to 20 mph. It's also a much nicer day in the lakes and mountains with sunshine and fair weather clouds with temperatures in the 70s and low humidity. The threat for thunderstorms tomorrow is very low.

Tomorrow night looks comfortable with a low temperature in the 60s.

There is another weak front coming from Canada on Monday that may trigger an afternoon shower and perhaps a thunderstorm. But any showers or thunderstorms on Monday are few and far between and to go away by fireworks time.

Independence Day on Tuesday looks like a beauty with sunshine and a few fair weather clouds and a high temperature in the 80s.

It should continue a pretty great week for a vacation, just another threat for showers and thunderstorms Thursday night and early Friday, with seasonable temperatures and not too much humidity.

<![CDATA[Thundery Start To Holiday Weekend]]> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:46:35 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/lightning+strike+generic1.jpg

Severe thunderstorms were again marching through Western New England tonight. While many of those storms dropped torrential rain and vivid lightning, the bigger worry was the intense wind.

As the storms roll east, some may fade, but there seems to be enough energy in the jet stream to keep them alive for most communities along and north of the Pike. My thinking is that they will be strong, but not severe.

We'll settle down later tonight, but fog will become common in the soupy air. While it takes a few hours to burn off tomorrow, it seems we're in the money for more storms to fire ahead of the cool front.

Keep an eye to the sky in the afternoon and evening. Storms could again have gusty winds and torrential rain. The risk should go well into early Sunday morning as the cool front slices through the humidity.

And that's the key to Sunday's forecast. With lowering humidity and the cool front pushing offshore, the risk is lower for thunderstorms. In fact, with winds turning west, it could be the hottest day - and the best beach day - of the entire holiday weekend!

Monday and Tuesday aren't bad, either. Lower humidity, dazzling sun...plenty of fine summer weather. Temperatures on Independence Day will be the coolest of the four, maybe not even cracking 80 in some spots.

Enjoy, be safe, and watch for pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles.

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<![CDATA[Vermont Roads Closed Due to Flooding]]> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:41:26 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/160*120/DDkuPPgXUAEh5mw.jpg

A quick 1-3 inches of rain fell in downpours last night into this morning through parts of central and northwestern Vermont last night into this morning.

Following an already soggy month, this is resulting in very high river levels and some flooding.

Parts of Route 128 in Essex are closed due to flooding as of Friday morning.

A flash flood watch remains in effect not only for northern Vermont, but also for parts of northern New Hampshire and western Maine as more downpours and storms are likely both Friday and Saturday afternoon. These will not be all day rains, but instead will be periodic passing downpours.

That could still create new areas of flooding into the weekend.

Rain chances will decrease by Sunday, and especially into Monday.

Photo Credit: Annemarie Furey
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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorms Moving Through New England]]> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:55:48 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_ADVISORIES_NEWENG_ACTIVE.png

UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm watches have been issued for some counties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont until 9 p.m. Friday.

Earlier story below:

Strong to severe thunderstorms will continue to move through New England into the evening hours, bringing localized flash flooding and damaging winds. The storms will be most widespread north and west of Boston, with a better chance of avoiding the storms the farther south and east you go. It will be windy over the Cape and Islands though. 

This batch of storms will fizzle out tonight, leaving us with very humid conditions. Lows will only drop into the 60s and 70s. Some fog will form near the coast. 

On Saturday that fog will gradually burn off to a mixture of sun and clouds. Highs climb into the 80s with high humidity. Gusty winds will continue over the Cape and Islands. 

Another round of storms will fire up during the afternoon, but the focus will again be north and west of Boston with a much lower risk of storms south and east. 

A cold front moves through on Sunday, triggering and isolated shower or rumble of thunder but most of the day looks dry and bright. It will be a touch less humid, but highs will still be in the 80s to near 90. 

Monday and Tuesday both look mainly dry, aside from an isolated sprinkle, with lower humidity and highs around 80. Overall quite nice for the holiday. 

After that the next chance of widespread storms or rain arrives Thursday. 

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<![CDATA[Allergies and the Latino Community]]> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:19:22 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Allergies_and_the_Latino_Community.jpg

Cecy Gutierrez never suffered summer allergies before coming to the U.S. But she developed them not long ago. Others in the Latino community are finding themselves victim to seasonal allergies that they didn't experience in their home countries. Can they afford the expensive allergy tests? Home remedies?

<![CDATA[Staying Safe While Paddle Boarding]]> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:07:54 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Staying_Safe_While_Paddle_Boarding.jpg

The number of paddle boarders is rising, and so is the number of deaths. Hypothermia and drowning among paddle boarders is surging, and Matt Noyes looks at the reason why. Also, Matt got pushback from a viewer when he warned paddle boarders to stay out of the water recently. He meets the viewer in person at the man’s paddle board shop. Then Matt takes a spin!

<![CDATA[Oyster Flat Parties]]> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:06:59 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Oyster_Flat_Parties.jpg

Wild oyster populations have been impacted by weather and man, so farm-raised oysters are a booming business. Pete Bouchard rides along with a Duxbury oysterman and meets a couple that is taking advantage of the popularity of the local treats by organizing parties on oyster flats.

<![CDATA[Reflecting on a Tornado and Staying Prepared]]> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:05:26 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Reflecting_on_a_Tornado_and_Staying_Prepared.jpg

It's been almost a year since a tornado blasted through Concord, Massachusetts. Jackie Layer meets with homeowners affected by the twister and the changes they made. She also meets with the MEMA director to find out what we need to know about Hurricane and Tornado preparedness.

<![CDATA[Holiday Weekend Brings Heat, Humidity and Some Spotty Storms]]> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:16:19 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/WX+Blog+June+29+1.jpg

Get ready for a sultry feel to the holiday weekend, but with the humidity on the rise, it also brings the threat for afternoon and evening thunderstorms. These will be hit or miss, and mostly into north and western New England- so do not cancel your outdoor plans just yet.

A warm front traversed our area earlier today, spawning those showers for Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, and the cloud cover for southern New England. Overnight tonight, scattered showers are expected with a slight chance for a rumble of thunder, otherwise mostly cloudy. Lows tonight only slip into the 60s south, a few places into the 50s north.

Friday has the potential to see some strong to severe thunderstorms for Vermont, New Hampshire and for the Berkshires during the afternoon and evening with wind damage being the biggest concern. As far as rain/storm chances, the farther north and west from the coastline you are, the better chance you will see thunderstorms this weekend- meaning the Cape and the Islands have less of a chance to see showers this weekend. High temperatures Friday and Saturday stretch into the mid to upper 80s with a few locations into the 90s. 

Saturday and Sunday also have the heat and humidity with chances for pop-up storms by the afternoon Saturday, more likely by the evening on Sunday. A cold front slides through late Sunday into Monday, ushering in a slight cool down (and relief from the humidity) for Monday and Tuesday. With that being said, it looks like Independence Day Tuesday will see highs into the lower 80s under partly sunny skies and less humid. After the holiday, as everyone gets back to work, highs slip to near 80 before a warm-up by the following weekend. 

From everyone at NBC Boston / necn, we hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday weekend and Fourth of July. Remember to keep your eyes to the skies with the potential for some strong thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon for northwestern New England. Download the NBC Boston / necn apps to get the latest alerts no matter where your holiday weekend travels take you. 

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<![CDATA[Summer Tick Season]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:27:06 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/WEB_Summer_Tick_Season.jpg

Ticks arrived early this year due to a mild winter. Some of those ticks are now spreading new and sometimes fatal diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Meteorologist Jacqueline Bennett talks to a tick expert and researcher, as well as a young girl who has suffered the consequences of a tick bite.

<![CDATA[More Rain for the End of the Week]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:47:24 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FCST_HIGHS_TODAY_NEWENG_ACTIVE+%281%29.png

Damaging winds brought down numerous trees and power lines yesterday as strong to severe thunderstorms rolled across southern New England.

We won’t see the same type of weather today as dry and pleasant conditions move in with an area of high pressure overhead. Some showers and even a rumble of thunder or two develop across the White Mountains into western Maine.

Highs today will reach into the mid to upper 70s south and near 70 degrees north. High pressure slides south of New England overnight, resulting in light west winds and continued dry weather.

Lows dip into the mid to upper 50s south and around 50 degrees across the north. A warm front slides north tomorrow, returning heat and humidity to New England for the weekend.

Not expecting much in the way of precipitation with clouds building in as boundary overspreads region. High temperatures crest into the upper 70s to low 80s.

Heat and humidity surge back into New England behind warm frontal passage Friday as a building sub-tropical high pressure strengthens south of the region. Right now, looking like scattered showers and thunderstorms may develop during the evening and push southeast towards the coast around midnight.

All in all, the day is looking dry. Highs surge into the upper 80s to near 90 degrees south and near 80 degrees across the north. As we look ahead to the weekend, we’re monitoring the potential for more strong thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday across the region as a series of disturbances move through the atmosphere over New England.

Warming around 5,000 feet may limit or cap development during the day on Saturday. Regardless, expecting a sultry summer day with highs reaching well into the 80s. A cold front approaches New England on Sunday, bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Highs will reach into the low to mid 80s south and upper 70s north. Brief relief comes at the start of next week as an upper-level trough settles in overhead.

<![CDATA[Thunder Roars, Humidity Returns]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:42:52 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FCST_DPLUS1_BOSDMA_CONTOUR_ACTIVE.png

There wasn't much heat. There wasn't much humidity.

But the storms came nonetheless.

Heavy weather brought gusty winds, a carpet of hail and torrential rain. There were multiple passes in some towns and cities as the storms held their line before decending into Boston.

It was all from a strong area of lift in the upper atmosphere. It proves that you don't need a hot, hazy, humid day to get the sky to erupt in a storm.

As we settle in for a pleasant Wednesday, the warm, humid air is building in the Plains. It should come swinging through New England by Thursday night, but not before giving us another halfway decent day on Thursday.

If you're not into the monotonous summertime forecast line, "Partly sunny with a risk of afternoon thunderstorms", then the holiday weekend might not be to your liking. It's really looking that way from Friday through Sunday - with heat and humidity to boot. Saturday will sizzle as many spots touch 90, while Sunday sees the most humid air with dewpoints near or over 70.


Cooler, less humid weather follows into the 4th, with only a teeny tiny chance for Mother Nature's fire... OK, enough cliches.

<![CDATA[Storms Starting to Move in Around New England]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:18:43 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DDVUSZAXgAEqBSI.jpg

It’s not the best timing for these thunderstorms as they pick up in intensity for the Tuesday evening commute.

These drenching downpours, coupled with the threat of gusty winds and hail, could make for tricky travel conditions. With the humidity lacking, the reason for these juicy thunderstorms is the cold air aloft traveling over the warm land.

Most of these storms should be out of here by midnight, if not a few lingering downpours along the coast as storms taper by 10 p.m. as the best energy shifts offshore. Lows dip into the low to mid 50s south and near 50 degrees north.

After an active day today, Wednesday brings peeks of sun with a few spotty showers north. Highs crest into the mid-70s to near 80 degrees. Surface high pressure slides in across the region Wednesday night, resulting in light winds and comfortable humidity levels.

Then, a warm front moves through New England on Thursday bringing clouds and the threat of showers and a few thunderstorms. Warm front will also usher warmer and more humid air into the region. Highs on Thursday reach into the 80s.

Looking ahead to the weekend, warm and stormy weather looks to stick around. Then, just like clockwork, once we get to the afternoon hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we’ll see thunderstorms pop-up, with the highest risk for strong to severe storms occurring on Friday, otherwise Saturday and Sunday look to be hit or miss, so do not cancel any of those outdoor plans just yet, but keep your eyes to the skies.

High temperatures reach into the 80s this weekend.

Cold front traverses across the region on Monday, triggering a round of showers, but not a wash out.

Stay tuned to NBC Boston and necn for the latest weather updates.

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<![CDATA[Calm Start Before Stormy Tuesday Afternoon]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:00:36 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DDVX_NYXsAEbroQ.jpg

Showers and thunderstorms pop up across New England today as an upper-level disturbance and cold front pass overhead. Cold air aloft, combined with strong day-time heating will result in some thunderstorms becoming strong.

The main threat for stronger storms later today lies across western New England where hail and gusty wind gusts may impact the area. Right now, we’re expecting storms to begin to fire around 1 or 2 p.m. across western Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. As always, if thunder roars, go indoors. High temperatures reach into the mid to upper 70s south and upper 60s to near 70 degrees north. Storms linger across southern New England overnight with some instability still around overhead.

We’re expecting any storms to taper by midnight as the best energy shifts offshore. Lows dip into the low to mid 50s south and near 50 degrees north. Expect a mostly sunny day on Wednesday with scattered showers and storms around. A pleasant late-June day overall! Highs crest into the mid-70s to near 80 degrees.

Surface high pressure slides in across the region Wednesday night, resulting in light winds and comfortable humidity levels. A warm front moves through New England on Thursday bringing clouds and the threat of showers and a few thunderstorms. Warm front will also usher warmer and more humid air into the region.

Highs on Thursday reach into the 80s. Looking ahead to the weekend, warm and stormy weather looks to stick around. On Saturday, showers and thunderstorms develop during the day. Highs reach into the mid-80s south and around 80 degrees to the north. 

Those doing any activities outdoors will need to keep an eye to the sky. Muggy and humid conditions persist into Sunday with more showers and thunderstorms across the region as a cold front approaches New England.

High temperatures reach into the 80s south and upper 70s north. All in all, main risk with storms this weekend will be heavy downpours, frequent lightning and gusty winds. Cold front traverses across the region on Monday, triggering a round of showers. Stay tuned to NBC Boston and necn for the latest weather updates.

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