12:55 PM Update: Forecast looks to be on target. Just off the coast, Arthur's heavy rain is sitting, poised to cover the whole state within the next hour or two with steady, sometimes heavy, rain. The rain should start tapering off at around 6 PM in western Connecticut and be fully withdrawn by midnight.
Happy Independence Day!
Hurricane Arthur is on its way. After crossing the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it is now on a northeasterly course, moving at a faster pace. Already, broken convection has emerged south of Long Island within view on Pinpoint Doppler. By late morning, showers will be becoming prevalent. A steady, sometimes heavy, rain will be here this afternoon and will likely come in a "squally nature" with occasional heavy bursts. Flash flood watches are hoisted for the entire day due to the possibility of 1"-2"+ of rain in areas that already has seen, in some cases, over 3" during the last two days. The ground may not be able to handle the rain, especially during downpours, leading to this possible flooding. The rain will start to taper off between 6:00 and 10:00 PM.
By Saturday morning, Arthur will be history as it will race into the Canadian Maritimes. In its wake, lower humidity, a bit of breeze and a sunnier. Temperatures Saturday will peak in the lower to mid-80s. Sunday will be equally nice with sunshine and highs in the mid-80s.
Humidity, temperatures and chances for more wet weather increase early next week. So despite a wet/unsettled holiday, enjoy what promises to be a gorgeous weekend!
Meteorologists Mike Cameron and Mark Dixon
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