Feast or Famine
Posted by Chris Lambert
Before today, it seemed like we'd been in a stretch of weather where some towns couldn't buy a good storm by Mother Nature in order to water the lawns and gardens. Well, that change earlier today, for my lawn included.
As a piece of upper-level energy came through our stifling humidity and unstable air mass, thunderstorms erupted near and south of the Mass Pike this morning. Since the mid and upper level winds that steer these storms were weak, the storm motion was slow, and a tremendous amount of rain unloaded on many towns. Natick picked up nearly 5" of rain, and many surrounding towns were in the 2-4" range. Considering much of it fell within a couple hours, there was nowhere for all the water to go, and flooded out roadways and parking lots became an issue.
Since then, the storm activity has dwindled to just a few isolated downpours and we've even seen breaks of sun. If fact, at times, it's turned out to be a good beach day from Cape Ann to the Seacoast of NH to the shores of York, Ogunquit and Wells Maine. Throw Nantucket in that category too. (One of those days that give meteorologist grey hairs as it's beach weather in one town and floods in another)
So where do we go from here? Monday and Tuesday feature more scattered downpours as batches of showers and storm fire across Southern New England. Some storms could contain strong winds, but with the atmosphere loading with water vapor, heavy rain is the most widespread threat. It won't rain the whole time, we'll catch a few dry hours here and there, but if today was any indication, you know a couple hours of rain can cause quite the mess.
Behind the front that sparks Tuesday's storms, lower humidity moves in for Wednesday. More comfortable weather lingers through the rest of the week.