Good Wednesday evening!
***A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for Hartford, Tolland, and Windham Counties until 8:00 this evening***
Today was one for the record books, but not for Connecticut! I am talking about a 24 hour rainfall record for the state of New York! Early this morning, Islip, New York measured 5.41" in just one hour, between 5:00 and 6:00. That is more than a month's worth of rain in just one hour! Even more incredible is the storm total at Islip. 13.26" of rain fell in well under 24 hours and the result was massive flooding. That is a new 24 hour rainfall record for the state of New York! The previous record was 11.6" at Tannersville, NY during Tropical Storm Irene. For the month of August, Islip is now up to 13.88", which is a new August record and it is only August 13th!
Rainfall in Connecticut today ranged from 1 to 5". Here are some rainfall totals from several of our weather watchers: North Granby 4.60", Higganum 3.51", North Canton 3.45", Hampton 2.80", East Woodstock 2.50", and Wethersfield 2.13". While we did experience some problems with flooding, it was not widespread. We were quite lucky when you consider what happened on the opposite shores of Long Island Sound!
We also dodged a bullet when it comes to severe weather. There were no severe thunderstorms and thankfully no tornadoes. However, southeasterly winds gusted to between 30 and 40 mph and the result was some scattered power outages.
The center of low pressure tracked close to if not directly over Connecticut this afternoon. This system will move away to the east of Connecticut this evening and weather conditions will improve. A few showers and possibly a thunderstorm will linger into this evening then the sky will become clear to partly cloudy tonight. Plus, the air will turn noticeably cooler and drier with time! Low temperatures by morning will be in the 50s and lower 60s.
The end of the workweek looks great! Tomorrow will feature a blend of clouds and sunshine, a nice breeze, low humidity, and highs in the 70s to near 80 degrees. The mercury will then dip into the 50s Thursday night with some 40s possible in the normally cooler locations. That'll make for some great sleeping weather! Friday will be a lot like tomorrow, dry and comfortable with partly sunny skies and highs between 75 and 80 degrees.
The nice weather will carry over into the first half of the weekend. Saturday should be mostly sunny with morning lows in the 50s and afternoon highs in the lower 80s. The humidity may rise just a bit thanks to a developing southwesterly breeze during the afternoon. By Sunday, a cold front will move into Southern New England. That means scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely. Temperatures should peak in the low to mid 80s before the cold front moves through.
We can expect a return to dry, pleasant weather on Monday and with a little luck the nice weather will last through midweek. However, we will have to watch a low pressure system that will move off the Mid-Atlantic Coast on Tuesday. Some computer guidance models keep the rain far to the south of New England, while other models bring clouds and showers much closer.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Chief Meteorologists Bruce DePrest
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