It seems like we just celebrated Memorial Day Weekend and here we are in September at the snap of the finger. Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving Day. Don’t you just wish that we could slow down the passage of time particularly when the weather is beautiful. The rest of this holiday weekend will be satisfactory today and pleasant tomorrow. The sky will display a changeable array of clouds and spells of sunshine on this second day of September. A weak disturbance will likely trigger a few more spotty showers this afternoon followed by clearing and a nice moonlit sky tonight. Temperatures will rise to near 70 at the coast to the middle 70s away from the ocean especially in places where sunshine is a bit more prevalent. Yesterday’s brisk wind past 20 mph is long gone and we’re left with feeble breezes in from the ocean today and tomorrow too. Ocean temperatures have dropped slightly after topping out in the lower to middle 70s earlier last week. The tide will be high just after 1pm today and just before 2pm tomorrow. Overnight low temperatures will slip into the 50s in most of the suburbs then rise to the upper 70s away from the sea tomorrow. As a bubble of high pressure transits across the region on Labor Day, it should be essentially sunny with some high thin cloudiness most noticeable in the southwestern sky in the afternoon.
Looking ahead, a blob of moisture associated with the remnants of Isaac will combine with a short wave in the jet stream to release rain of varying intensity starting later Tuesday afternoon and lasting into Wednesday. Some downpours are probable during that period with potential rainfall amounts of 1-2″. The air will become quite muggy. The wave of low pressure will exit later Wednesday afternoon or evening and residual damp weather could linger into Thursday morning before some breaks of sunshine materialize. It should warm up a bit later in the week with highs in the lower 80s. The outlook for next weekend is now somewhat uncertain but most signs indicate partly sunny weather with a risk of a few spotty showers.
We’ll be monitoring the evolution and projections regarding Tropical Storm Leslie as the week progresses. The storm is presently centered close to 300 miles north of the Leeward Islands. It appears that the storm will eventually enter a favorable environment for intensification into a possible powerful hurricane. Additionally, developing blocking over the central Atlantic Ocean is slated to steer Leslie closer to Bermuda sometime during the second half of this week. The storm should bypass New England but perhaps threaten portions of the Canadian Maritimes such as eastern Nova Scotia eastward. Consequently, we may finally see some decent high rollers crashing on the New England beaches late in the week through next weekend. Nice waves have been missing most of the summer which has disappointed us body and board surfers. In the meantime, keep apprised of the latest tropical activity by logging on to the National Hurricane Center.
If any changes are foreseen later today, I will post a fresh blog early this evening. Otherwise, Melissa Mack will publish the next update tomorrow morning and I shall follow her later in the day for the vacationing Todd Gutner.
Have a happy and safe rest of the holiday weekend and please drive safely.