Are We in for a Cool & Wet Summer? - NECN
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Are We in for a Cool & Wet Summer?



      Does it get any colder than this for a June 12th afternoon in New England? The high on Blue Hill in Eastern Massachusetts is 55 degrees today. Perhaps a record low high? Bob Skilling will let us now soon. Usually the ocean temperature is the limit to how cold we get during the summer (June-August). But today the water at Boston Buoy is 56°, down from 60° ten days ago. So our air is not only cold because of the ocean flow, it's pure cold from Canada. Have you noticed that every time we start to warm up this spring, an abrupt cold front comes in with severe weather (Tornadoes), and then we have several cooler than normal days before the same thing happens again?

      This could be a sign of a colder and wetter than normal summer. Another recurring pattern is the stalling of Upper Lows north of Bermuda. The same thing is happening now. The front that caused tornadoes in Northern Maine this week stalled at sea and will be sitting and spinning through mid-week. To add fuel to that stalled ocean system is the Tropical Wave that moved from The Caribbean through The Bahamas last week. That tropical plume is passing by Bermuda tonight, and will be absorbed this second tornado trough to stall to our east in the last two weeks. The tropical merger will intensify the Ocean Storm, resulting in a nice Groundswell for surfing, and a rather cloudy, cool, damp few days for eastern New England. In addition we have the full 'Strawberry' Moon this week, with the highest tides of the month. That means some minor coastal erosion, and dangerous surf pounding our favorite fishing spots on Coastal Seawalls and Jetties.   By Thursday we should escape the direct influence of the ocean low, as it slowly eases away. That means a jump in temperature into the 80s. But the next system, with flooding and tornadoes in Montana tonight, may be forced to our south Friday and Saturday. A track to our south would prevent another 90° with severe weather day, but would cause heavy rain at some point in southern New England late this week, or next weekend.
      This weekend's storm rained as much as 2.8" of water on New England (Marlborough CT) since Friday June 10th. This rain on top of the Heavy Thunderstorms since June 1st means we have plenty of water on the lawns, go ahead and turn off the irrigation. By the look of the summer pattern setting up, we may get plenty of natural water form the sky, keeping our grass green into July.
     Then we start watching the Parade of Hurricanes close in.