Fact: Our weather has been kicking some serious behind (I'm going to use that word because I'm unsure what will finally make WCSH decide I've crossed the line in my blog. Been waiting for that hammer to drop for a while...)lately. We've had the heat for a few days, the sun for most days and rain for very few days. Our pattern has been: humid air builds in, cold front pushes it out, reset to sunny and dry air for a few days. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
It's pretty humid out there today, so I guess we are due for a cold front...
Today: A mixture of sun and clouds with high humidity will round out the day for most of us. There is a weak "pre-frontal" trough moving through but it doesn't seem to be kicking off as many thunderstorms as the models anticipated. Look for some scattered thunderstorms to develop over the mountains and into northern Maine, but the rest of us stay dry and mild with temperatures in the mid 80s.
Tonight: As the actual cold front approaches from the west look for an increase in thunderstorm activity. It will build to the west first but eventually push statewide after midnight. Some of you will likely be woken up by some claps of thunder and heavy rainfall, others will sleep sound as a Honey Badger with earplugs. The main threat with any thunderstorm activity will be some localized flooding. There is a good deal of available moisture in the atmosphere AND storms will be moving relatively slowly...not a great combo.
Tuesday: The actual cold frontal boundary looks to push into Portland around noon, so showers and storms will rumble to the west through the morning. If we get a few early peeks of sunshine we might be able to get a solid line of strong storms together as the front exits the coastline. Overall, however, the timing of the front should minimize widespread severe weather as the daytime heating potential near its lowest as the front pushes through. Same threats here, heavy rain and maybe some gusty winds as well. After the front clears the coastline by later afternoon, winds will gust out of the west and the sun will appear.
Wednesday: Definite pick of the week. Mostly sunny skies, low humidity and temperatures around 80. ALSO, it's my grandmothers 91st birthday! Many people say their grandma is "with it" but she owns an X-Box 360 (not for the great grand kids), has an iPhone, is active on Facebook and uses sarcasm towards my mother. I rest my case.
Thursday: Sunny start but clouds increase rapidly with some rain breaking out over the mountains by the afternoon. The computer models have been bickering over this system for a while now but it looks more likely that we will get some moderate rain from Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening. The pattern is pretty fast moving, however, so we should be able to clear out in time for Friday.
If all goes to plan the weekend should be pretty decent. Mixture of sun and clouds and temperatures in the low 80s.
So...hip or not, what do you get a woman who is 91 years old? (If I get more than one "how about a coffin" joke I'm going to be very disappointed. Not by the joke, but by the lack of creativity)