What's In A Name?
Posted by Jeremy Reiner
Watching two storms for you. One is nameless while the other does indeed have a name. Neither will bother you today though as we have a great start with mostly sunny skies but as time goes by, clouds will begin to cramp our style. Despite the increase in clouds, it stays dry. Keep those outdoor plans intact. The dry weather hold this evening for you golf leagues, softball games as well as the Sox game.
The clouds are tied to the nameless storm which will bring some scattered showers into New England after midnight and keep it going through the day tomorrow. As we step into Friday evening, those showers will begin to blend with some tropical downpours. They will be from that named storm, Andrea! This is the first named storm of the season and it is a healthy tropical storm in the northeastern Gulf Of Mexico with top wind speeds near 60mph (as of 5am). This storm will move quickly northeast the next 2 days with the center of this storm passing along & east of I-95.
Some things to note about this storm:
*It will spend much of its track over land beginning this evening causing it to weaken.
*The reason it is moving so quickly north is due to a powerful jet stream. This jet stream will try and rip it apart---in essence, further weakening.
*When the storm moves out over the ocean southeast of New jersey, the water will be cold (compared to a tropical system up this way in August or Spetember). Essentially, a 3rd strike against this storm.
All of these factors greatly help us as she passes southeast of Nantucket around 2-4am Saturday morning. Rainfall looks like the biggest threat to southern New England with many towns likely to pick up between 1-2" of rain---even some isolated amounts near 3" in the Worcester hills. As for the wind, nor'easters have caused more concern than this storm. Only the Cape/islands will see some wind. The difference between the 2 storms is that in February, your patio furniture & badminton set isn't outside---I'm assuming it is now though. There will be wind gusts between 20-30 mph from about 10pm Friday Night until 7am Saturday Morning, then BAM--done!
Most of the weekend will be rain-free with a mix of clouds & sun (Sunday still looks better than Saturday) and temperatures into the 70s.