Today, despite the less than ideal weather, the Carson Household (Me, Paula and Reeses our mini dachshund) completed our annual search for the perfect Christmas tree. Four wet shoes, one sawzall and a scratched ceiling later, we are the proud owners of an 8.5 foot balsam fir for the next 30 days.
It looks great! Little full, lotta sap.
Tonight: Fairly consistent rain as a cold front moves through. Temperatures have risen enough in 98% of the state to support all rain, and the few areas still hanging on to freezing drizzle will warm up sufficiently within the hour. Fog will be widespread and quite dense over southern and central Maine. There is actually a Dense Fog Advisory in effect until 10 PM for visibility under 1/4 mile. Once the winds shift later this evening, visibility should improve a bit.
Monday: Morning rain and sleet showers over far northern Maine will be the exception to the rule as most of us wake up to sunshine. The front will be offshore and winds will turn out of the northwest, a generally dry wind direction for everyone but the mountains. As a result the mountains will see their fair share of cloud cover until the afternoon but the forecast for the rest of the state is very pleasant: Mostly sunny with high temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s.
Tuesday: Morning sunshine but rapidly increasing clouds from southwest to northeast by noon. Temperatures will stay mild despite the thickening cloud cover, with highs reaching the upper 40s again.
A front will begin to move through on Tuesday night, and due to the mild temperatures, will provide only rain to the state.
The boundary will slow down and stall a bit on Wednesday so look for widespread showers through much of the day with a LITTLE mixing possible in the mountains by the afternoon.
The boundary moves offshore by Thursday morning with windy and cool conditions dominating the last two days of the work week.
No big storms in sight still...