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    What a breezy weekend! Fortunately winds will be calming down through the evening – they were as high as 32 mph – some locally higher winds were seen too. Through the night, he wind speed will calm to 5-15mph with occasional gusts as high as 20 mph. We will see a few passing clouds overnight and calmer winds will allow for a colder overnight with a low of 35. We see a sunny Sunday with highs near seasonal at 55 degrees. We hold onto the sunshine through the start of the workweek as some temperatures rise back into the upper 50s. A cold front is forecast for Thursday into Friday, which will bring some more rain to the area.
    After a number of mainly cloudy days, the sun will return on Friday. Expect a mixture of clouds and sunshine. The wind gusts will reach 25 to 35 mph, so leaves will be blowing around all day!







    Gray skies - Thursday 11/12/15 Orange Time Lapse

    Stamford Time Lapse for 11/11/15

    We are picking up some much needed rain tonight. The rainfall deficit for 2015 was around 8 inches before the rain started this morning. This rain will help close that gap, but it won't be enough to relieve us from the drought.

    Showers will continue through the night into Wednesday morning. 


    8 AM Projected Radar 

    The rain will come to an end during the day on Wednesday. It'll be mostly cloudy, breezy and cool during the afternoon.


    Wednesday Forecast 



    Following a bright start to the work week, clouds will return for the day on Tuesday. Showers are likely from time-to-time, especially during the afternoon hours.


    4 PM Outlook 



    Tuesday planning forecast 

    Some showers will linger through Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. It'll turn drier Wednesday afternoon. More showers are possible on Thursday.

    Three day forecast 




    More rain is on the way! 

    A storm system to our south will be riding up along the coast through Monday. It will arrive to our area on Tuesday where we can expect a rainy day. #UmbrellasUp for some bursts of rain through the morning commute where it is likely to remain steady through the afternoon. The rain breaks up into showers in the evening and pushes off to the northeast and east overnight into Wednesday.

    Wednesday's just a break - where we see some sun and clouds before the umbrellas get brought right back out again for Thursday.

    Walking on sunshine! 

    More sunshine for Monday!

    Temperatures will rise to 58 degrees with calm winds. It will be another beautiful and seasonal day. Things will change Monday night into Tuesday. It'll soon to be time to break out those umbrellas once again!


    Clouds To Sun


    Another cloudy day across southwestern Connecticut opens up for a sunny Sunday. Highs on Sunday will reach the mid-50s and it will turn breezy with winds between 10 – 15 mph. It becomes very cold overnight into Monday where winds will calm down and lows reach into the upper 30s. Monday’s high will be slightly above seasonal in the upper 50s with continuing sunshine. A few more clouds build into Tuesday afternoon and evening as a small disturbance passes offshore. We can get clipped with a brief shower on Tuesday night. Wednesday continues with mostly sunny skies and we are watching for a storm that has potential to bring steady rainfall on Thursday evening into Friday morning. We just need to keep an eye on these details and we will refine timing as we go through the week.
    Getting Cooler


    Shower activity to the west will be drying out as it moves closer to southwestern Connecticut. However, we only expect a stray shower to reach the area for this evening and overnight. Saturday opens with with partly sunny skies and we finally let go of the warm and muggy weather. The temperatures cool off into the upper 50s but still a bit above seasonal for this time of year. The wind begins to pick up a bit for Saturday night into Sunday where it turns breezy but sunny and significantly cooler overnight into Monday. The sun continues to shine into Monday where then more clouds are in the forecast for Tuesday. Highs remain close to 60 degrees.

    What a wonderful day! An area of what we call ‘high pressure’ is over southwestern Connecticut. This type of weather gives sunshine, a cloudless sky, and calm winds. We will see this continue into tonight. Humidity from the southwest will arrive into our area tonight and as temperatures fall into the lower 50s, we will see the development of patchy fog in some parts of our area. As this wonderful weather moves offshore, a small disturbance moves to the area for Thursday night and into Friday. Some spotty and scattered showers are expected at any time on Friday. A cold front passes by on Saturday and temperatures cool to seasonal for the start of next week.

    According to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, a "coronal hole"
    is sending a larger amount of solar radiation towards earth.

    Don't worry, this isn't an uncommon feature of the Sun.

    In fact, this solar radiation, called "solar wind", could potentially
    spark up Aurora Borealis (AKA Northern Lights) as far south as Chicago
    and southern New York.

    Personally,
    I've seen situations where we come close to seeing Aurora, but I'm
    hesitant because it is very-very rare.
    Don't get me wrong - it's
    entirely possible but with city light pollution in our area, it might be
    difficult if they do form.

    The lights would also be fairly low in the horizon - probably in the northern sky if they do develop this far south.


    What I do know is that these types of solar "storms" can cause
    interruptions to radio frequencies, GPS technologies, and satellite
    communications.
    So if your cellphone acts strangely for a few minutes,
    it's probably the forces of unseen nature of magnetism and radiation.

    For more, feel free to explore the Space Weather Website from NOAA by clicking on the link below!

    http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/coronal-holes

    According to this model projection, Aurora is forecast to have potential of being seen as far south as Oklahoma. 

    A Milder Pattern This week's weather will be ....nice. It will feel like mid-October through the week as the jet stream positions itself to the north of our area. This allows for warmer air to enter our area. Are you happy it's milder? Or are you ready to talk about winter?

    Stray Sunday Drizzle

    Some spooky clouds will pass through the moonlight tonight. It won’t be as chilling as last night, but still terrifying – with a low of 46. We wake up on Sunday with mostly cloudy skies and a chance for a scattered drizzle. Clouds part on Sunday night with a southwesterly wind. There will be a mix of sun and clouds to start the week and we will see plenty of sunshine by midweek. Highs will reach 66 degrees by Wednesday.
    Spooky Forecast

    Tonight’s temperatures are chilling – a low of 35 degrees. The air will be still and quiet. The spookiness continues on Saturday as the sun is scared partly out of sight for the late afternoon and evening where a few clouds crawl into southwestern Connecticut after 4PM. The highs creep to 55 degrees for this year’s Halloween. Nightfall comes with another round of a terrifying temperature drop – but not as scary as the night before - with a low of 46 degrees. Cloudy skies continue on Sunday with a chance for a sprinkle in the afternoon. Sunshine will then break the scares and peak through on Monday with highs in the lower 60s.
    Not As Breezy

    It’s breezy and warm! A mix of sun and clouds will continue this afternoon and remain partly cloudy this evening. Clear skies will be the story overnight with lows bottoming to only 47. Friday will be sunny with a continuing westerly breeze but highs only reach 59. Mischief Night – or Halloween’s Eve will see chilly temperatures of about 38 degrees. Halloween opens up beautiful once again with more sunshine but a touch cooler with highs near 55. A shower is likely to pass to the south of the area on Sunday evening where we can see some light passing drizzle.
    Decreasing Coastal Flooding

    The risk of coastal flooding will decrease this evening as high tides are expected to be “lower” as winds change direction.
    However, this does not eliminate rough waters or a choppy surf. Tides are expected to reach just below the ‘minor flooding’ threshold. At most, the effects of the surf can cause very minor coastal erosion. Coastal roads are expected to be clear and passable for this evening.



    Wet Wednesday

    We hold onto the sunshine through Tuesday with a few clouds building in the afternoon. We wake up on Wednesday morning with some showers that progressively get heavier through the midday. A storm brings some gusty winds and moderate to locally heavy rain through the afternoon and evening and ends early on Thursday morning. Some sun may peak through the clouds on Thursday afternoon. Temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday will be a touch warmer into the mid-60s. It becomes breezy through Friday as temperatures take a tumble back into the 50s. Halloween’s high will be 54 degrees with more sunshine.

    Northerly winds are pulling in colder temperatures for this evening. Monday starts off with lows near 40 degrees!

    Improving!

    Sunday morning’s cloudiness is improving through Sunday evening. We will see clear skies overnight with northerly winds – calm at 5-10mph. Monday morning’s low will be 41 degrees. Sunshine continues through Monday as highs reach a cooler 55 degrees. Winds on Monday come from the north-northeast which will keep the temperatures cooler going into Tuesday. We are watching stormy weather near the Gulf of Mexico as it tracks northeast and arrives by late Wednesday morning. We can expect to see some moderate and some locally heavy rounds of rain through Wednesday into Thursday morning. It turns breezy for Friday with a chilly Halloween weekend and a mix of sun and clouds.
    WEEKEND CHILL

    Following a mild stretch this week, temperatures took a tumble on Friday. The gusty NW wind made it feel very autumnal in southwestern Connecticut. The wind is diminishing Friday evening, allowing temperatures to drop quickly. Lows will drop to near freezing along and north of the Merritt tonight.



    Friday night lows 


    Following a sunny start, clouds will increase on Saturday afternoon. Highs will be in the 50s; it will not be as breezy as Friday. Some showers will come through Saturday night into Sunday morning. It'll dry out and turn brighter by Sunday afternoon.


    Weekend forecast 




    MODERATE DROUGHT CONTINUES

    With the lack of significant rainfall lately, the moderate drought continues across southwestern Connecticut. Bridgeport is running a rainfall deficit of over 7 inches for the year so far. This is about 20 percent below normal.

    Bridgeport Climate summary 



    Drought report for October 22, 2015 



    No significant rain is expected through Tuesday, so the drought conditions will hold on for another week. Some rain is expected by the middle of next week.



    Timelapse for Thursday, October 22


    Have you forgotten about the snow showers over the weekend? A dramatic swing on the thermometer took us from the 20s early Monday to over 70 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. Bridgeport reached a high of 74 degrees.

    The mild weather will hang on for one more day on Thursday.  Highs will be near the 70-degree mark once again!

    Thursday HyperLocal Highs 

    A cold front will move through Thursday evening. A few showers are possible as it crosses the region.  It'll be cooler and breezy on Friday.


    Temperature Trend 




    Following the cool weekend and start to the workweek, temperatures are on the move upward once again. Tuesday afternoon was about 15 degrees warmer than Monday!

    The warmth will stick around for the next couple of days. 


    Wednesday high temperatures 


    Wednesday planning forecast 

    Following another warm day on Thursday, temperatures will drop for Friday and the weekend.


    Three day forecast 


    Swinging up! The rollercoaster continues! Time to go back up the temperature hill before a smaller fall next weekend.

    Graupel has fallen across southwestern Connecticut this afternoo. It looks like snow flurries - because it sort-of is! Graupel forms when supercooled water droplets freeze onto snowflakes way high near the clouds! 

    Temepratures today reached a high of 49 degrees, setting a new record for the coldest high temperature for today! The previous record was 63 degrees set in 1980. 

    Bundle up! It's going to be cold again tonight!


    You can see the wispy bottoms of the clouds here - That's the flurries/graupel/drizzle. 


    This is how cold it will be tonight. Remember, a Freeze Warning is in effect tonight for areas North of the Merritt Parkway. Stay warm!

    A FREEZE WARNING is in effect tonight for areas north of the Merritt Parkway.

    Temperatures will reach below freezing in some of our communities North of the Merritt Parkway. It's time to take in some sensitive plants to prevent them from getting damaged or killed in this cold.

    Lows north of the Merritt will be near 30 degrees.
    Lows south of the Merritt will be near 34 degrees.

    CHILLY WEEKEND & FREEZE WATCH

    Temperatures are taking a tumble this weekend. The coldest air of the season will drop nighttime temperatures into the 20s and 30s across southwestern Connecticut. 

    A FREEZE WATCH is in effect for our entire area for Saturday night. We are likely to experience another freeze on Sunday night.



    Freeze Watch for Southwestern Connecticut 



    Saturday Night Low Temperatures 




    NOVEMBER-LIKE CHILL & A KILLING FREEZE

    The coldest air of the autumn is on schedule for a weekend arrival in southwestern Connecticut. Daytime high temperatures will be in the mid 50s on Saturday. On top of that, a gusty wind will blow around falling leaves and make it feel cooler. On Sunday, the thermometer will struggle to reach the 50-degree mark.

    With the cool days, it is no surprise that it will be quite cold at night. Temperatures will drop into the 30s; some spots north of the Merritt could dip into the upper 20s. With readings that cold, we are likely to have a killing frost or freeze this weekend. 

    Computer models are indicating lows in the 30s for Bridgeport this weekend.

    Model Projection for Bridgeport 

    It is even colder in northern areas. Danbury is projected to drop into the 20s.

    Model Projection for Danbury 

    The threat for a frost and freeze goes right down to the shore this weekend. Northern areas have the best chance to see frosty conditions.

    Weekend Frost and Freeze threat 



    New Canaan Time Lapse 10/13/15

    It'll be a nice autumn day on Wednesday. Temperatures will be right around or a bit above seasonable levels. It will be quite breezy; wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph are possible during the afternoon.


    Wednesday HyperLocal Highs 

    The threat for a frost or freeze continues for the weekend. We'll keep you posted on that in the coming days.


    MILD TO FROSTY   

    We'll experience a whole season of autumn temperatures in just the next few days. Tuesday will be mild again, but not as warm as Monday.
    Tuesday Forecast 

    Temperatures will slide all week. By the weekend, highs will be in the 50s.  At night, temperatures will dip into the 30s. Some patchy frost will be possible.


    Cooling Trend This Week 


    Up Then Down

    What a difference southwest winds can make! Warmer air arrived this Sunday afternoon with plenty of sunshine. Highs are topping out in the upper 60s across southwestern Connecticut and overnight lows will fall to about 51 degrees south of the Merritt and the upper 40s north. Columbus Day opens up to clear skies once again and a warmer midday. Highs for Monday reach 73 degrees. Clouds move in overnight into Tuesday as showers off shore push east past our area. Tuesday will be partly sunny with a weakening cold front approaching by the evening. There is a good chance to see a passing scattered drizzle or a stray light shower as this passes through. The clouds will decrease significantly overnight and Wednesday begins breezy with plenty of sunshine. A cooling trend takes place starting on Thursday through to next weekend.

    A passing cold front on Tuesday pushes through the area.

    Thankfully it looks to be a weaker front with just scattered showers if not - scattered drizzle!

    It's expected to be mostly cloudy for Tuesday with the showers likely in the afternoon and evening.

    Wednesday's weather features a mix of sun and clouds.

    A Slight Weekend Warming

    We will see plenty of sunshine this weekend as high pressure takes its hold over southwestern Connecticut. High pressure is associated with the beauty we see outdoors – sunshine and calm winds. We’ll be holding onto the blue sky into Sunday where winds turn from the southwest at only 10 mph. This will start a warming trend and daytime high temperatures will rise through Monday. Sunday’s high will be a sunny yet seasonal 68 degrees. Monday’s high will be a sunny above seasonal 72 degrees. Partly sunny skies enter on Tuesday as a weakening cold front passes by. This could drop a couple of light rain showers and scattered drizzle across the area. It won’t be anything excessive or heavy. The sun then returns on Wednesday, but cooler – with highs near 66 degrees.
    GREAT WEEKEND WEATHER

    It'll be a great weekend for your autumn activities!




    MODERATE DROUGHT PERSISTS

    The rain last week did little to help the drought situation across southwestern Connecticut. Since September 1, the rainfall deficit is around half an inch; however, the deficit for the year is running close to 6 inches below normal. That's about 80 percent of normal.


    Climate report for Bridgeport 

    The long-term dry conditions are resulting in moderate drought conditions across most of Connecticut. 


    Drought Monitor for Connecticut 


    The great October continues on Thursday. It'll be a bit cooler than Wednesday.



    Some showers are possible Friday and Friday night. The rain doesn't look too heavy. It'll clear out and turn cooler for the weekend.




    The pleasant fall weather will continue over the next several days. Days will be mild and nights will cool.




    October Perfection

    We're waking up to quite a chill - some places saw temperatures in the lower 40s. The morning sweater will be thrown to the side for this afternoon! But not for too long since we'll need it once again for tonight. 

    Above average temperatures are expected for the next few days ahead before a cold front arrives on Friday night, which will bring some rain and return temperatures to a seasonal 68 for Saturday. 
    Forecast for October 6, 2015. 

    Rain is forecast for Friday night into Saturday. 


    COOL NIGHTS & MILD DAYS

    Hurricane Joaquin is moving away from Bermuda today after hitting the island this weekend. The storm is heading out into the open ocean where it will lose its tropical characteristics this week. Large waves and swells are likely along ocean-facing beaches for the next couple of days. To our south, historic flooding continues in the Carolinas. The rain will triggered by a slow-moving storm that was enhanced by tropical moisture.



    Things are looking quiet around here with cool nights and mild days. Be sure to have a jacket if you will be tonight.


    A cool night in southwestern Connecticut 

    The next three days are looking very nice. 





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