About 15 minutes after Stephen Gostkowski pulled New England's potential game winning field goal 60 yards to the left, I set out for a bike ride and realized I might have missed one of the best weather days of the season while watching football. There's something about this time of the year that produces the the most beautiful days the state has to offer...deep blue skies, comfortable temperatures and low humidity.
Well this is another 9.5/10 kinda day. Enjoy.
Rest of the day: Mostly sunny, quiet and comfortable. High temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s in most spots with slightly cooler readings along the immediate coastline.
Tonight: Mostly clear but not as chilly as last night. Look for lows in the upper 40s to low 50s this time around due to a warmer wind direction. There could be some patchy fog by the early morning but it shouldn't be too widespread.
Tuesday: As a strong cold front approaches from the west, Tuesday will be a transition day. We will start with mostly sunny skies but end up mostly cloudy as early as noon across most of the state (exception is Downeast and far northern Maine). Clouds will thicken by 2-3 PM and some showers will break out across western and southern Maine. Most of the state will remain dry until the evening, but all the way from central NH across to Portland should plan on some showers by the end of the work day. Temperatures should stay in the 60s due to limited sunshine.
Tuesday Night: The cold front will push through the state. If you recall I said this front would be "juiced" with some tropical moisture so expect some heavy downpours. Most of the heavy rain will fall AFTER midnight, so many will be sleeping during the worst of it. I can't rule out a few rumbles of thunder, but I don't see any severe thunderstorm activity due to the timing of the front.
Wednesday: Heavy rain will continue until around 8 AM over southern Maine, 11 AM over the Midcoast and 1 PM over Downeast. After the rain ends look for rapid clearing from southwest to northeast such that most of us will see some sun by the afternoon. Temperatures will be kept down once again by the "half day" of sunshine... highs mainly stay in the mid 60s.
We should clear out for a decent day on Thursday with a mixture of sun and clouds and seasonable conditions.
Friday/Saturday remain a tough call as the front from Tuesday night looks like it will be forced west BACK into Maine. There is what we call a "blocking high" to the northeast and that will force this front to linger just offshore through Thursday before getting pushed back on Friday. The return of this front could produce some showers by Friday afternoon and looks likely to produce more widespread shower activity on Saturday as it merges with another cold front to the west. Overall the Friday-Sunday time period looks unsettled, it probably won't rain much in terms of amounts, but showers will pop up. I'll try to nail this down as we get closer but the computer models have a really hard time dealing with "retrograding" (westward moving) features off the Maine coast.
Thoughts on the missed kick: Although it hardly matters in the scheme of things (being that it's just week 2 and the Patriots will likely go 14-2), Gostkowski's wild miss confirms a theory I've had for a long time about kickers and "pressure athletes" in general.
There is no such thing as "clutch." You hear it all the time on ESPN but it doesn't exist. All "clutch" amounts to is a player that doesn't perform BELOW his/her normal level when the pressure is on. This is especially true in the case of field goal kickers. People always say Vinatieri was clutch, but in reality he just performed at his normal high rate of accuracy when the game was on the line. If you go back through the stats he doesn't kick BETTER when it's important...just the same. BAM! Admit it...it's a solid argument. That being said, I still want to be considered a clutch weatherman.