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Monday December 22, 2014
Posted: Aug 13, 2014

Wet afternoon prompts flood watches

The Maine Forecast — Tracking Maine’s weather patterns

If you’re going to interrupt the nice stretch of weather, might as well do it in a big way. This morning we find a rather vigorous storm centered north of the region with a secondary storm developing south of the area.

If this was winter I’d likely be forecasting a mess with rain, mixed precipitation and heavy inland snow. Of course it’s not cold enough for any of that (although we are less than 8 weeks away from our earliest snowfall ever).

Today we need to deal with water and quite a bit of it. All of us are definitely going to see 1 to 2 inches of rain and that isn’t enough to cause flooding. The problem is with the areas of torrential downpours which will develop this morning and continue this afternoon. As the air gets lifted over the mountains, the rain can become enhanced and there flood watches (green) have been issued.

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There has been record breaking rains across Long Island this morning and while I don’t forecast that sort of water works here, it does show just how much moisture is part of this weather system. Check out one of the tweets from the National Weather Service in New York earlier.

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I’ll be updating the forecast @growingwisdom on Twitter.

There is also a coastal flood advisory posted for coastal Cumberland and York Counties. This is due to possible minor coastal flooding at the time of high tide. When you see coastal flood watches posted it’s important to read the fine print. The watch is issued whether there is going to be major or minor flooding and in this case I am not concerned about the possible results from this storm.

There is a small craft advisory for the coastal waters. Seas will be rough and there is a small chance winds could take down a few large branches along some coastal towns creating a power outage. However, this would be the exception, not the rule. This isn’t a big wind storm.

There is the chance of severe weather over southern New England. Severe thunderstorms generally need some heat to get going and it appears the air will stay cool across all of Maine. If the warm air did move up over parts of coastal Maine late this afternoon, severe weather could result. I’ll be tweeting about that as it or if it occurs later today. None the less, you might hear some thunder after 2PM or 3PM today.

Radar loop just before 10AM 8/13/14
Radar loop just before 10AM 8/13/14 CLICK TO LOOP

Skies will clear and humidity drops late tonight with an abundance of sunshine tomorrow at least to start the day. During the afternoon some clouds could build enough to yield a quick shower and this would be most likely inland if they occur.

Saturday is a great day with sunshine and seasonably warm afternoon highs. There also still won’t be noticeable humidity in the air which also will yield very comfortable sleeping weather through the weekend.

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