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  • It was a warm and dry November across southwestern Connecticut. Total rainfall was just over an inch for the entire month, which is over two inches below normal. The moderate drought continues across our area.

    In terms of temperature, it was the fourth warmest November on record in Bridgeport. The records go back to 1948.

    15 Warmest Novembers based on average temperature (Bridgeport) / NOAA 

    2015 has been a year of extremes. It was a cold start to 2015. February was the coldest on record, and March was the third coldest on record. After that, things warmed up. May was the second warmest on record. It was the second warmest August on record, and it was the warmest September on record for Bridgeport.

  • Stormy Day in Westport

  • December arrives on a stormy note Tuesday. You'll need the umbrella over the next couple of days, but the snow shovels can stay in the shed for now. 

    Light showers are expected late tonight into Tuesday morning. We are closely watching the thermometer as some areas along and north of the Merritt will be close to the freezing mark early Tuesday. As a result, some icy spots are possible when the rain begins to fall.

    Overnight Lows 

    Showers at 5 AM 

    Off and on showers are likely Tuesday, Tuesday night and Wednesday. It'll dry out on Thursday.

  • A storm is developing over the great plains, rich in gulf moisture. This storm should move up into the northeast for Tuesday and Wednesday and the umbrellas will be needed all day Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. The rain should be mainly steady, light and moderate. There is a chance for it to turn heavy going into Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The chances for rain decrease into Wednesday afternoon with lingering clouds before clearing skies on Wednesday night into Thursday. High temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the 50s. 

  • Overnight lows will drop into the 30s. it will be closer to 32 north of the Merritt Parkway and closer to 37 south of the Merritt. Expect colder air to filter in with northwesterly winds. It remains mostly cloudy overnight with slowly decreasing clouds. We wake up on Sunday with a few lingering clouds but it turns sunny for the remainder of the day. 

  • Hazy sunshine is the story for today. 

    Sky conditions will turn cloudy overnight into Saturday. Saturday is expected to be unsettled as a cold front moves towards the area. The cold front is likely to bring cloudy skies with mist through the day. The mist will be on and off at times and there may be a quick drizzle in the afternoon. The front is expected to stay mostly dry as it comes through. The weather turns colder but sunnier for Sunday.

  • Going shopping? Here's your shopcast!
    Black Friday overnight forecast. 


    The warming trend will continue on Thanksgiving Day and Friday.

    Temperatures will warm through the 40s into the 50s during the morning football games. For your walk after dinner, temperatures will be mild. Have a great holiday! 

    Thanksgiving Forecast 


    There is good news for those with travel plans on Wednesday. The weather will be quiet across southwestern Connecticut and most of the country. The projected weather map for Wednesday afternoon shows dry weather across the eastern half of the country. Thunderstorms are possible in Texas, and snow is likely in the Rockies.


    Following a gusty and cool Monday, temperatures will drop well below freezing tonight. Overnight lows will be in the 20s across southwestern Connecticut.

    Here's a look at HyperLocal lows across our area:

  • Monday will be the coldest day of the season so far! Expect wind chills and cold temperatures in the morning. Highs in the afternoon reach 42 degrees but wind chills make it feel like 35 by then.
  • #PackTheJacket

    Saturday is a very pleasant day that features a subtle southeasterly wind and clear skies. The temperatures will be falling into the lower 40s before a deck of clouds approaches this evening. This deck of clouds foreshadows the arrival of a weakening cold front expected to sweep past southwestern Connecticut overnight. This will spark a light drizzle or passing shower during the overnight hours and the deck of clouds prevents temperatures from falling below 40 degrees. Sunday opens up with a few clouds before clearing into the late morning. The sunshine continues through the next week with a few nightly clouds. The cold air mass settles by Sunday night into Monday where lows reach 30, feeling like 20 with the northerly wind. Monday is the coldest day of the week, a high of 44. A peak to Thanksgiving, highs will be back above seasonal, in the mid-50s.

    Following a soaking rain Thursday night, things are looking up for Friday. Temperatures will be in the lower 50s across southwestern Connecticut.


    Friday Planning Forecast 

    Friday HyperLocal Forecast 

  • Time Lapse November 18, 2015


    Here's a look at your rainy Thursday. Rain will be heaviest during the afternoon and evening. The evening commute will be damp; large puddles and localized flooding will be possible.  Over an inch of rain is likely across the area.


    Following a mild Monday across southwestern Connecticut, temperatures will drop like a rock by Tuesday morning. Wake up temperatures will be near freezing in many communities. The kids will need the heavy coats for the bus stop.

    Temperatures on Tuesday will struggle to reach the 50-degree mark.

    Highs for Tuesday 

    Three Day Forecast 
  • A cold front arrives on Thursday...

    ...bringing moderate rain to southwestern Connecticut. For now, it's too soon to tell how much rain will fall, but at of now, it looks like it can be a fairly good amount. Dust off those umbrellas by Wednesday evening and don't forget them as you head out on Thursday. The rain should end going into Friday morning.
    Expect a line of showers to arrive on Thursday evening into Friday early morning.  

  • Wednesday and Thursday will be slightly above seasonal as the jet stream rises north and east of our area, allowing for milder to be pulled into southwestern Connecticut. Expect partly cloudy conditions for Wednesday and changing conditions on Thursday. 

    This weather pattern changes on Thursday...
    A "ridge" in the jet stream is responsible for the above mentioned weather pattern. 

  • As a high pressure to the north moves into Eastern Quebec, we will see some northeasterly winds!

    When this happens, we often see colder air inject into the region - think a cold front but backwards! Since cold fronts normally move from west to east, this one is moving from east to west - we call this a "back door" cold front. 

    Expect highs on Tuesday to reach near 50 degrees. It's similar to Saturday but without the windy conditions.
  • 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.

    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
    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!

    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.

    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 


    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 

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