<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Weather News and Coverage]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 06:21:42 -0400Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:21:42 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Today's Forecast]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/first+alert_weather+1200.jpg

Today: Clouds and sun. Morning and midday storm. Highs upper 80s.

Tonight:  Clearing and turning less humid. Lows in the 60s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, unseasonably warm. Highs near 90.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 80s.

Monday: Partly cloudy, chance for a storm. Highs near 90.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, chance for a storm. Highs in the upper 80s.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Highs near 90.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. highs in the low 80s. Highs near 90.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Chance for showers. Highs in the low 80s.

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<![CDATA[Download the NBC Connecticut Weather App]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:38:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NBCCTWEATHERAPP043013.jpg

 

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Select to receive push notifications and you'll know when severe weather is moving your way.

Plus, the NBC Connecticut weather app provides hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts. You can even pinpoint your location via GPS for precise conditions near you.

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<![CDATA[Sunny, Warm and Dry This Weekend]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:10:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM12+Precip+Cloud+Floater%283%29.png

Beautiful weather continues here in late August with few exceptions.

An isolated shower is possible tonight with temperatures in the 70s.

A cold front passes through come Friday, and that will result in a few storms. Temperatures will soar to 90 degrees, which is more than 10 degrees above average.

The weekend will be superb.

Abundant sunshine both Saturday and Sunday will make for a great beach weekend. Temperatures will rise into the middle 80s.

Another front will bring storms on Monday, but it won't drop temperatures.

In fact, temperatures will be near 90 degrees through Thursday of next week.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back at Hurricane Bob, Tropical Storm Diane]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:37:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hurricane+bob+graphic2.jpg

Twenty-five years ago today, Hurricane Bob slammed into Block Island as a category 2 hurricane.

The worst of Bob's fury missed Connecticut but sustained, hurricane-force winds clipped New London County while more than six inches of rain drenched the rest of the state.

About 250,000 Connecticut Light and Power customers lost power during Bob, and six Connecticut residents lost their lives.

But it was tropical storm Diane that hit on August 19, 1955 that changed the landscape of Connecticut.

Diane hit less than a week after the remnants of tropical storm Connie struck New England. Neither storm produced strong winds, but the rain was phenomenal.

Between 10 inches and 27 inches fell across Connecticut over the course of a week. The worst of the rain was concentrated in the northwest and northeast hills.

Eighty-seven people died in the 1955 flood the morning of Aug. 19.

No rainstorm since then has rivaled Diane's downpour. Record river levels on the Farmington, Naugatuck, and Quinebaug rivers haven't been approached.

The 1955 flood was the impetus for the state and federal government to install flood control measures, such as dams, across the most vulnerable rivers.

The peak of hurricane season is not until Sept. 10.



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<![CDATA[Devastating 1955 Flood Happened 61 Year Ago Today]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:24:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/RepAm1+1955+Flood+crop.jpg

The 1955 flood was arguably Connecticut’s greatest natural disaster in modern times. Two hurricanes brushed by southern New England in a week’s time, dropping an exceptional amount of water across parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Tropical Storm Connie and Tropical Storm Diane resulted in over two feet of rain in parts of the Northwest Hills and Berkshires.

The record rainfall sent rivers raging into towns and cities across the state. The Naugatuck, Farmington, and Quinebaug Rivers – along with their tributaries – raged through valleys on the morning of August 19, 1955. Winsted, Thomaston, Waterbury, Ansonia, Farmington and Putnam were just some of the towns devastated.

The flooding on the Naugatuck River began upstream in Winsted when the Mad River exploded from its banks, destroying downtown Winsted. The surge of water continued downstream into Torrington, Thomaston, Waterbury, Naugatuck and Ansonia, destroying hundreds and hundreds of homes and factories. Dozens of people drowned as the flood moved south while hundreds waited to be rescued on their roofs.

After the Naugatuck River receded, Waterbury looked “War torn. You couldn’t believe that little river, that was nothing, was a ripple, could do that. You saw debris and furniture and suitcases and just overwhelming. You just didn’t expect something like that in our little town,” Waterbury resident Barbara Genovese said.

In Putnam, the Belding-Hemingway Magnesium factory exploded in a spectacular fire, illuminating the night sky for miles, after the Quinebaug River came out of its banks.

All told, more than $200 million in damage was done (in 1955 dollars) across the state and 90 people were killed.

After the flood, a series of flood control measures were put into place to ensure a flood like 1955 doesn’t happen again. The large Thomaston Dam on the Naugatuck River is one of the largest flood control measures erected by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Learn more:

Read more on Ryan Hanrahan's blog 
See the Waterbury Republican-American's extensive coverage
The Connecticut State Library page on the Connecticut Floods of 1955
Northeast River Forecast Center Page on the flood



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<![CDATA[Isolated Showers This Weekend]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:03:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT%286%29.png

The weekend won't be perfect, as isolated showers are in the forecast.

Both weekend days will start with fog and drizzle in spots, then some sun breaks through.

Temperatures will be in the middle 80s on Saturday.

It will be slightly cooler Sunday, with highs in the lower 80s.

The next chance for thunderstorms comes Sunday night with a cold front, before clearing sets in.

Monday will be gorgeous with sunny skies, dropping humidity, and highs barely touching 80 degrees.

A sprawling area of high pressure parks itself over the region next week.

Temperatures will be close to 80 degrees with abundant sunshine through at least early Friday.

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<![CDATA[Saturday the Brighter Weekend Day]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:51:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM12+Precip+Cloud+Floater%282%29.png

The weekend won't be perfect, but Saturday should feature more sunshine than Sunday.

An isolated shower is possible tonight.

A mix of sun and clouds is expected tomorrow with highs in the middle 80s.

Both weekend days will start with fog and low clouds, then some sun breaks through, especially on Saturday.

Temperatures will be in the upper 80s on Saturday.

More clouds on Sunday will result in a slightly cooler day, with highs in the low 80s.

The next chance for thunderstorm activity comes Monday with a cold front, especially early on, before clearing sets in. Highs will be near 80.

The rain cloud be heavy at times early Monday. After the front moves through, a sprawling area of high pressure builds in for next week.

Temperatures will be closer to 80 degrees and it will be mostly dry starting on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Clouds, Drizzle Expected This Weekend]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:09:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT%283%29.png

Less humid weather has arrived, but it won't last forever.

While tomorrow also features a good amount of sunshine, there can be a shower. Temperatures will be in the middle 80s.

There could be another shower Friday, then more clouds move in this weekend.

Both weekend days will start with fog and low clouds, then some sun breaks through. Temperatures will be in the lower 80s.

It will gradually turn more humid heading into Sunday, before the humidity drops off again next week.

Finally, more seasonable weather arrives early next week. Temperatures will struggle to hit 80 degrees starting Monday!

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<![CDATA[Threat for Severe Weather Continues Overnight]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:45:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/228*120/Screen+Shot+2016-08-17+at+1.44.44+AM.png

The threat for severe weather will continue overnight despite the lack of sunshine.

Damaging winds and even a tornado are possible. While not high, this is one of the bigger tornado threats Connecticut has seen this summer.

Wednesday brings a return of dry weather with partly cloudy skies. Temperatures will be in the middle 80s.

Thursday looks predominately dry, but there could be an isolated p.m. shower with highs near 90.

The weekend looks dry with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 80s.

More thunderstorms are possible Monday, and a few showers are possibly tuesday.

Temperatures fall closer to seasonable levels next week, near 80 degrees.


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<![CDATA[Battling the Heat at Little League Eastern Regionals]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:44:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-08-15-10h39m53s575.png NBC Connecticut's Matt Austin reports live from Bristol during the 2016 and 30th annual Little League Baseball Eastern Regional Tournament. High heat and humidity made it feel like more than 110 degrees.]]> <![CDATA[More Scattered Storms Move Through State Sunday Evening]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:36:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Radar-storms-aug-14.jpg

Another set of scattered storms is moving through the state Sunday evening. These are the latest in a series of pop-up storms that left damage in pockets across the state.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for New Haven and Fairfield counties Sunday but have since been canceled. 

Sunday has been another hazy, hot and humid day. The National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings for Fairfield, Middlesex, New London and New Haven counties until 10 p.m. and Hartford county until 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service issues an excessive heat warning when there is potential for the heat index to reach or exceed 110 degrees in the next 12 to 24 hours.

Saturday brought hot weather and pop-up storms that left pockets of damage throughout the state.

At 10:30 p.m. Saturday, more than 18,000 Eversource and United Illuminating customers were in the dark. Sunday morning that number was down to around 2,500.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for parts of Hartford, New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield counties earlier on Saturday night. The storms brought vivid lightning, high winds and heavy rain around 9 p.m.

Storms moved into the state from west to east just before 9 p.m. The storms brought lightning, heavy rain and strong winds.

In Hartford, the Rascal Flatts concert was cut short and the Xfinity Theatre was evacuated as the storms blew in over the venue.

Earlier Saturday, excessive heat warnings and air quality alerts were issued for much of the state, as well as a severe thunderstorm warning for Litchfield county.

Sunday will also be hot and humid with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s, and the heat index creeping up to around 105. There will continue to be a be a chance for showers and pop-up thunderstorms throughout the day.

Monday into Tuesday will bring a break in the heat before a new system moves into the region Wednesday into Thursday. Temperatures will be more seasonable with afternoon highs ranging from the upper 70s to mid-80s.



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<![CDATA[Thunderstorms, Humidity Take Over Connecticut]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:22:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%283%29.png

SEarlier today, warnings were issued for Tolland, Litchfield and Windham counties as storms roll in.

The primary threats are heavy rain and lightning. There's a low, but not zero, risk for damaging winds or a tornado.

Dew points are well into the 70s, and that means the air is soupy.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected through Sunday.

High temperatures will be in the middle 90s Friday, then in the lower 90s this weekend.

A stubborn front likely slips south by early next week, but it will still be in the area.

So while it won't be as hot or humid, an isolated storm is still in the forecast on Tuesday.

Temperatures will rise into the middle and upper 80s early next week.


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<![CDATA[Aerial Views of Tornado Damage in North Haven]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:27:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tornado_Vids_PKG_081016.jpg

A look from above of Wednesday's tornado damage in North Haven.

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<![CDATA[Flash Flood Warnings Issued for Parts of State]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:36:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fa398bd6-1cf2-41d5-af2d-dc5872f62a241.jpg

Severe thunderstorms have been moving through the state, bringing rain, vivid lightning and loud thunder. 

A flash flood warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Tolland and Hartford county. 

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Middlesex, New Haven,  and New London counties

Firefighters in Enfield said they are looking into whether lightning hit a shed on South Road.

Eversource is reporting some scattered power outages, including in Enfield and Ellington.

Earlier today, storms brought down tree limbs and knocked out power in southeastern Connecticut.

If you spot severe weather, send photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[Scattered Storms to Continue for Days]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:00:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%282%29.png

A hot, oppressively humid air mass will have a grip on Connecticut for days to come.

Dew points are well into the 70s, and that means the air is soupy.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected through Sunday.

High temperatures will be in the middle 90s Friday, then in the lower 90s this weekend.

A stubborn front likely slips south by early next week, but it will still be in the area.

So while it won't be as hot or humid, an isolated storm is still in the forecast on Tuesday.

Temperatures will rise into the middle and upper 80s early next week.

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<![CDATA[North Haven Tornado Captured on Video]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:42:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/North_Haven_Tornado_Raw_Video_1200x675_741763139690.jpg A tornado touched down in part of North Haven on Wednesday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Small Tornado Touches Down in North Haven]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:34:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uprooted+tree+in+North+Haven+Justin+.jpg

Residents are cleaning up Thursday after a tornado ripped through the Montowese section of North Haven, Connecticut, Wednesday afternoon, knocking down trees and powerlines.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado, ranked as an EF0, touched down in a two-mile stretch of the town around 1:30 p.m.  Video captured dramatic images of the destructive vortex sucking up debris into a rotation and the downed trees left in the wake of the storm.

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North Haven Fire Chief Paul Januszweski said the tornado started at Interstate 91, near the Montowese Avenue exit and traveled east toward Route 22, ripping up trees in its path.

There were reports of damage between I-91 and Barberry Road, including to one house and one car.

Downed trees blocked two roads, but have since been removed.

Residents who witnessed the storm reported seeing clouds spinning and videos  showed rotating clouds and strong winds.

And doppler radar detected debris in the clouds, possible leaves or twigs, and there was also a possible waterspout over Long Island Sound, south of New Haven. 

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There have been no reports of injuries or significant property damage.  

"The North Haven Police Department will continue with high visibility patrols in the affected area. Although it is tempting to explore the affected neighborhoods, we ask that residents remain home for their safety, and the safety of emergency crews," North Haven Police posted on Facebook.

Crews from the Red Cross are sending a team to North Haven to assess damage and the National Weather Service has contacted town officials. 

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<![CDATA[More Storms Possible Tomorrow]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:01:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Thunderstorn+aug+10.jpg

More storms are possible in the coming days, on the heels of a weak tornado in North Haven today.

A storm over Long Island Sound was capable of producing a water spout earlier this afternoon.

It will be warm tonight with a few showers as temperatures fall back into the 70s.

An approaching cold front will stall at times to the north and west of Connecticut, meaning a southwesterly flow will continue to pump in humidity mid- and late-week.

That humidity, coupled with temperatures in the middle 90s, will provide fuel for scattered storms on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

It will not rain the whole time on those days.

Sunday could turn quite wet late in the day as an area of low pressure moves overhead.

The chance for storms continues next week through Thursday, so a very active pattern is ahead.

The humidity will start to drop off by Tuesday.


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<![CDATA[Morning Rain, Isolated Storms Through This Evening]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:31:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+HRRR+Precip+CT2.png

Heavy rain is moving through the state, and after it moves out, more isolated storms are possible through this evening.

FOLLOW HANNA MORDOH ON TWITTER FOR TRAFFIC ALERTS.

While the severe threat is low, showers and storms that form will feature downpours as the humidity becomes oppressive. That high level of humidity will stick around through the weekend.

An approaching cold front will stall at times to the north and west of Connecticut, meaning a southwesterly flow will continue to pump in humidity mid- and late-week.

That humidity, coupled with temperatures in the 80s to near 90 degrees, will provide fuel for scattered storms on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It will not rain the whole time on those days.

Sunday could turn out to be a soaker.


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<![CDATA[Dry Through Tuesday, Storms Possible Late Week]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:54:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM12+Precip+Cloud+Floater1.png

High pressure will sponsor dry weather through Tuesday, before a slow-moving front brings challenges to the forecast later in the week.

High temperatures will be in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees each day through Wednesday.

While sunshine will dominate through Tuesday, an abundance of clouds moves in Wednesday, when there will be only a few breaks of sun.

A few storms are also possible Wednesday.

The approaching cold front will stall at times to the north and west of Connecticut, meaning a southwesterly flow will pump in humidity mid- and late-week.

That humidity, coupled with temperatures in the 80s to near 90 degrees, will provide fuel for scattered storms on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It will not rain the whole time on those days.

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<![CDATA[Scattered Thunderstorms Saturday]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:54:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT6.png

A cold front will bring thunderstorms to the state tomorrow.

The humidity will increase overnight and a shower is possible by daybreak.

While there could be showers Saturday morning, the thunderstorm threat is more focused on the midday hours.

It will be humid. There's uncertainty as to how strong the storms will be. If the morning clouds stick around, the threat for severe thunderstorms will be quite low.

As a result of the frontal passage, it will be cooler on Sunday with lots of sunshine and highs in the middle 80s.

Sunday is the pick of the weekend.

It looks dry and seasonable to start next week, but a chance for a storm returns by Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Thunderstorm Possible Saturday, Especially in the Morning]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:01:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM12+Precip+Cloud+Floater.png

High pressure will sponsor dry weather through the end of the workweek.

Mostly sunny skies are expected Thursday and Friday. High temperatures will gradually rise from the lower 80s to the uppers 80s.

A cold front could bring a shower or storm on Saturday, as temperatures soar to 90 degrees.

As a result, it will be cooler on Sunday with lots of sunshine and highs in the middle 80s.

Sunday is the pick of the weekend.

It looks dry and seasonable to start next week.

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<![CDATA[Mostly Sunny, Seasonable Through Friday]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:30:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/13668882_1051077174971349_6468475485887722981_o.jpg

High pressure will sponsor dry weather through the end of the workweek.

Mostly sunny skies are expected Thursday and Friday. High temperatures will gradually rise from the lower 80s to the uppers 80s.

A cold front could bring a shower or storm on Saturday, as temperatures soar to 90 degrees.

As a result, it will be cooler on Sunday with lots of sunshine and highs in the middle 80s.

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<![CDATA[Dry with Abundant Sunshine Starting Wednesday]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:47:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%281%29.png

High pressure will sponsor dry weather starting tomorrow.

Mostly sunny skies are expected Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. High temperatures will gradually rise from the lower 80s to the uppers 80s.

A cold front could bring a shower or storm on Saturday, as temperatures soar to 90 degrees.

As a result, it will be cooler on Sunday with lots of sunshine and highs in the middle 80s.

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<![CDATA[StormRanger: Delivering You Accurate Weather Forecasts]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:36:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stormrangerrain.jpg

NBC Connecticut’s exclusive StormRanger mobile radar truck is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that has a live, high-powered Doppler Radar that enables StormRanger to get out ahead of a storm. The StormRanger can track storms wherever they are with a higher degree of accuracy and with more detail than ever before.

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From increased visibility in the heart of a storm to the ability to alert people in real time that a tornado has touched down because it can detect actual debris on the ground, StormRanger is the latest addition to NBC Connecticut’s expanding weather arsenal designed to keep you and your family safe when severe weather strikes.

"This radar technology and mobile configuration is a first for any TV station or network of stations in the U.S," said Richard Stedronsky, a meteorologist and director of strategic business development and partnerships at Enterprise Electronics Corporation. "NBC-Telemundo is the first to deploy this fleet of mobile doppler radars in the nation."

"We are boosting our weather forecasting capabilities by building, from scratch, the first-of-its-kind fleet of mobile weather radars in the country because we know how important weather is to our viewers," said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "All of our stations will have access to this groundbreaking weather technology so they can deliver even more lifesaving weather information to their communities."

So what makes the StormRanger so unique in delivering you the most accurate forecast?

When severe weather approaches, NBC Connecticut now has the ability to dispatch StormRanger to wherever the storm is going to strike. Using X-band, dual-polarization Doppler radar, StormRanger can provide our First Aler meteorologists with more detailed observations than any normal fixed radar can provide, giving them — and you — a hyperlocal look at the storm.

See StormRanger radar in action here »

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"When you start to get over 100 miles away from the radar, the radar beam from a fixed radar is too high in the atmosphere to see lower weather phenomena,” said Stedronsky, whose company provides the new radar system in StormRanger. "But that’s where severe weather takes place -- in the lowest parts of the atmosphere. With StormRanger, you can take your viewers to the weather and gather information that a traditional fixed radar could be missing.”

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StormRanger's radar, which has a maximum range of about 100 miles, will update about once every 60 seconds. These updates mean you'll be up-to-the-minute when tracking how and when the weather will impact you in your crucial locations such as your home and where you currently are. Our app users will receive push alerts when StormRanger is activated, allowing them to get a closer -- and more accurate -- look at the weather in their neighborhoods.

By driving StormRanger close to actual storms, NBC Connecticut will be able to give a detailed look that TV stations never have been able to do before. Fixed radars may miss certain weather events due to terrain or blockages due to buildings in a downtown area. But StormRanger can fill in those gaps in coverage, and in turn provide a more complete picture of what is happening now and what those immediately in the crosshairs of a severe storm can expect.

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Mobility is StormRanger’s big advantage over fixed radar during severe thunderstorms. By positioning StormRanger wherever severe storms are about to strike, meteorologists will get a better idea of how the storms are forming, how severe they are and where and how fast they’re moving.

"This advanced look that you’ll get from a StormRanger means you’re giving more accurate and timely information to a viewer,” Stedronsky said.

Get accurate 10-day and hourly forecasts here »

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In addition to radar, StormRanger has two cameras to give you an up-close look at conditions - one on the dashboard, and one pointed at a reporter riding in the vehicle.

“The information you're going to get on a local level is going to be unprecedented,” said Tom Jennings, president of Accelerated Media Technologies, which did the customization required to integrate the radar system into StormRanger. “You’re going to get such high-resolution weather telemetry out of these trucks that you’ll know exactly what the weather’s doing in your neighborhood, not just theoretically what it’s doing across your state or county."

See how you can view StormRanger online »

Stedronsky says the key to it all is having full control of a mobile radar unit that can be sent to any storm, at any time.

“That’s going to be huge for protecting people and assets and saving lives,” Stedronsky said.

NBC Connecticut is committed to bringing you the most accurate weather information possible, and StormRanger is just the latest investment we’re making into weather-related technologies to do just that. StormRanger is here to serve your community, and ensure that the First Alert Weather Team is your most-trusted source when severe storms strike.

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<![CDATA[Rain Slows Morning Drive]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:26:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tuesday+morning+radar+Bob+M.JPG

It's a damp start to August, with heavy rain falling at times on Tuesday morning, but it will be gorgeous by midweek.

There have been showers this morning, which has led to some problems on the roads. Follow Hanna Mordoh on Twitter for traffic updates.

High pressure builds in on Wednesday.

Mostly sunny skies are expected Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. High temperatures will be in the middle and upper 80s.

A cold front could bring a shower on Saturday, though temperatures will still be near 90 this weekend.



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<![CDATA[Scattered Showers Tonight]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:56:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+HRRR+Precip+CT+%281%29.png

The start to the first week of August will be damp, but it will be gorgeous by midweek.

Scattered showers are expected tonight as temperatures fall back into the middle 60s.

Tomorrow will be a repeat of today, with isolated showers, then high pressure builds in on Wednesday.

Mostly sunny skies are expected Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. High temperatures will be in the middle and upper 80s.

A cold front could bring a shower on Saturday, though temperatures will still be near 90 this weekend.

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<![CDATA[Longest Heat Wave in 14 Years]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:42:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Current+Temp+CT+729.png

It's official – today is day nine of the current heat wave. Not since 2002, 14 years ago, has there been a nine-day heat wave.

The heaviest rain is over, but a scattered shower is possible during the balance of today.

The weekend starts dry with sunshine and clouds Saturday. A shower is possible in western Connecticut. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

Should Bradley hit 90 degrees tomorrow, it would tie the record for longest heat wave at 10 days.

By Sunday, more numerous showers and storms are possible. Temperatures will be in the 80s.

By the middle part of next week, it warms up again with mostly sunny conditions returning by Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Longest Heat Wave in 10 Years Expected]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:28:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

Tomorrow will be the eighth day of the current heat wave, which will make this heat wave the longest since 2006.

Several cities and towns have opened cooling centers to help people cope. Find the list here.

To stay cool outside, drink lots of water and do outdoor activities early or late. Be extra cautious to not leave children or pets in a hot car and check on the elderly and ill.

It will be comfortable tonight with temperatures in the middle 60s and no humidity.

Thursday continues the dry stretch of weather when temperatures will once again soar into the lower and middle 90s.

Periods of rain will make for a wet and cooler Friday, as highs will stumble to 80 degrees.

It turns cooler this weekend, and Saturday is the pick of the weekend with lots of sunshine.

A few showers are possible by Sunday and Monday. Temperatures will be in the lower and middle 80s this weekend.



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<![CDATA[Towns Reporting Damage as Strong Thunderstorms Roll In ]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:21:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tree-house.jpg

What could be the longest heat wave since 2013 started on Thursday and today is the hottest day in four years. Temperatures reached 99 degrees at Bradley.

While this is the hottest day in years, the record for this date is 103 degrees, set in 2011.

Today is a First Alert Weather Day as a result of the heat and humidity.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hartford, Middlesex, New London, Windham and Tolland County until 10:45 p.m.

NBC Connecticut meterologists say the biggest threat will be potentially 60 mph winds and small bits of hail in the northeastern part of the state. 

Stafford Fire Department on Friday night said trees and wires were down on Westford Avenue and Rocky Dundee Street.

Tolland County was slammed with weather-related damage, including one house with a tree through it on Shenipsit Lake Road and wires down on Gehring Road. 

The threat for severe weather has diminished quite a bit, though a few storms are still possible this evening.

It will be hot, hazy and less humid this weekend.

Saturday, for example, will see temperatures between 95 and 100 degrees. There's a slim chance for a storm Saturday afternoon and evening.

It will be a bit cooler Sunday, with highs in the lower 90s. Lots of sunshine is expected.

An isolated storm is possible late on Monday, but temperatures will still be in the 90s come Tuesday and Wednesday.

Temperatures finally return to the middle and upper 80s starting Thursday, when it will remain mostly dry, though an isolated storm is possible.

The rainfall deficit since the beginning of last year is over 14 inches, and not much relief is in sight.



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<![CDATA[Middle 90s Likely Late Week]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:44:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cn1KQy_UMAAbYEc.jpg+large.jpg

Though the heat and humidity has disappeared for now, it will return in force late this week.

90-degree heat returns Thursday, and middle 90s are in the cards Friday.

A few thunderstorms are possible Friday. Some could be strong late in the day.

It will be hot, hazy and increasingly humid this weekend. Early on, it won't be that humid.

Highs will be in the lower and middle 90s for the foreseeable future, at least. It's not out of the question that a few locations soar into the upper 90s.

An isolated storm is possible Sunday and Monday.

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<![CDATA[Long-Duration Heat Wave Likely Late Week]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:45:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+218.png

Though the heat and humidity has disappeared for now, it will return in force late this week.

Tomorrow's a similar to today, as it will be comfortable with temperatures in the 80s.

90-degree heat returns Thursday, and middle 90s are in the cards Friday.

A few thunderstorms are possible Friday. Some could be strong late in the day.

It will be hot, hazy and increasingly humid this weekend. Early on, it won't be that humid.

Highs will be in the lower and middle 90s, at least. It's not out of the question that a few locations soar into the upper 90s.

An isolated storm is possible Sunday and Monday.

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<![CDATA[Storms Move Through State, Towns Report Damages]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:56:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/trees+down+plainville2.jpeg

Strong thunderstorms moved through the state on Monday afternoon.

This highest wind gust reported was 47 mph in Bridgeport, at Sikorsky Airport.

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect statewide through 8 p.m.

After the storms passed, damages were seen around the state.

In Bristol, there were several reports of damage. Dispatchers said they have received several calls about trees coming down in town.

The storm threat will continue through midnight.

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Quite a dry stretch of weather sets in Tuesday, and the humidity will be much lower.

Temperatures will be in the lower and middle 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, but back up near 90 degrees starting Thursday.

There's an outside chance for a thunderstorm Friday.

Sunshine returns Saturday, when temperatures will again soar into the lower 90s.

If you see severe weather, share your photos and video with us at shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.  

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<![CDATA[Storms Possible This Afternoon, Evening]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:17:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Monday+July+18+storms.jpg

Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening and NBC Connecticut has declared today a First Alert Weather Day. 

Stronger cells could bring briefly heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds that cause damage.

High temperatures will reach 90 to 95 inland, but it will feel like 100 degrees for a little while, according to NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon. 

It will be cooler on Tuesday, with high temperatures in the mid-80s.


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<![CDATA[Warm, Mostly Dry Weekend Ahead]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:54:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Forecast+Weekend+Beach%281%29.png

This weekend will be a bit more comfortable than recent days.

A cold front will slowly cross the state tomorrow, but get stuck just southeast of Connecticut.

It's close enough for an isolated storm this weekend, with some humidity, but most of the time it will be dry.

This weekend will be great to hit the beaches.

Temperatures will be near 90 degrees both days across inland Connecticut, with middle 80s at the shoreline.

The isolated storm threat is in the p.m. hours Saturday, while a storm could occur at anytime on Sunday.

Unsettled weather returns in the form of scattered thunderstorms late Monday into Tuesday.

The humidity will ramp back up then as well.

By and large, however, next week won't feature much rain.

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<![CDATA[Lightning Safety Tips in Light of West Haven Strike]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:04:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lightning_Safety_Tips_in_Light_of_West_Haven_Strike_1200x675_723593283638.jpg NBC Connecticut meteorologist Tyler Jankoski reviews ways to keep you and your family safe in lightning storms.]]> <![CDATA[Strong Storms Move Into State]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:07:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HRRR.jpg

Temperatures rose to near 90 degrees as a line of thunderstorms approached the state on Thursday afternoon.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed western Connecticut in a slight risk for severe thunderstorms, while much of central Connecticut has been placed in a marginal risk for severe weather.

The time frame for these thunderstorms is between 4 and 8 p.m., with the main threats including wind damage and flash flooding.

Earlier on Thursday, there was a sever thunderstorm watch for Litchfield County.

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Friday should turn out mainly dry, but there could still be an isolated storm with the cold front passing through the state. Highs will be in the lower 90s inland, but in the 80s at the shore.

It will be uncomfortable with oppressive levels of humidity on Thursday and Friday.

The weekend starts dry on Saturday, with sunshine and clouds. Highs will be in the 80s.

Sunday is questionable, as some models try to push some rain into the state. The reason for this is because the front will stall offshore very close to Connecticut. For now, the forecast calls for mostly cloudy and dry conditions.

An upper-level dip in the flow will likely sponsor showers early next week.


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<![CDATA[90-Degree Heat Expected to Return Midweek]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:32:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CnL-5yaUEAAYNI4.jpg+large.jpg

After a brief reprieve from the heat, higher temperatures make a return midweek.

Partly cloudy skies are expected tonight with temperatures in the 60s.

A hint of humidity will be noticed on Wednesday, when 90 degrees is possible inland.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected Thursday, as a cold front approaches. Temperatures will be near 90 degrees.

Friday should turn out mainly dry, but there could still be an isolated storm will the cold front yet to pass through. Highs will be in the lower 90s inland, but in the 80s at the shore.

Both Thursday and Friday will be uncomfortable with oppressive levels of humidity.

The weekend starts day on Saturday, with sunshine and clouds. Highs will be in the 80s.

However, it's a close call come Sunday. A front will be stalled to the south and it's possible that a wave of low pressure forms along it.

As of Tuesday, there's some improvement to the Sunday forecast. Now, it looks mostly cloudy and dry. It still bears watching.

An upper-level dip in the flow will likely sponsor showers early next week.

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<![CDATA[90-Degree Heat Expected to Return Midweek]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:35:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CnG48d7UMAAn-13.jpg+large.jpg

After a brief reprieve from the heat, higher temperatures make a return midweek.

It will be comfortable tonight with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the 60s.

Mostly sunny skies return tomorrow with temperatures well into the 80s.

A hint of humidity will be noticed on Wednesday, when 90 degrees is possible inland.

An isolated thunderstorm is possible Thursday and Friday, as a cold front approaches.

Temperatures should peak in the 80s on Thursday but rise back into the 90s on Friday. Both day will be uncomfortable with oppressive levels of humidity.

The weekend starts day on Saturday, with sunshine and clouds. Highs will be in the 80s.

However, it's a close call come Sunday. A front will be stalled to the south and it's possible that a wave of low pressure forms along it.

Should that happen, rain would move in Sunday. For now, First Alert forecasters are calling for clouds with temperatures suppressed in the 70s.

Stay tuned as we get closer.

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<![CDATA[Rainfall Deficit Lingers]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:26:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kaitlyn+drought+impact+1200.jpg

Despite getting rain Friday night and then again on Tuesday morning, the state is still in a major rainfall deficit and the lack of rain is impacting farmers. 

"It's still dry even though we got some sufficient rain,” James Futtner, of Futtner’s Family Farm, said. “It will probably last us for about a week and this time of the year you need about an inch, inch and a half of rain depending on your soil types." 

Despite the lack of rainfall, Futtner’s nearly eight-acres farm still looks great thanks to a drip irrigation system that supplies a constant supply of water when needed. 

"I don't have a huge water supply. I got to work off basically a water faucet on eight acres of land, so it's drip irrigation 24/7," Futtner said. That adds up very quickly. 

"We get a huge $1,000 to $2,000 water bill every quarter in the summertime. In the winter, it's nothing but this time of the year, it comes off the top," Futtner added. 

Despite the increased cost to produce the fresh crops, prices will remain the same and East Hartford resident Maryanne Lamprechet is very thankful for that. 

"I always wait for them to get their vegetables. I can't wait for their stand to open in the spring time,” Lamprechet said. "It's fresh. That's the main thing and the prices are better and it's native. You know, support local farmers." 

The rainfall deficit for 2016 is right around 6 inches, but if you look back to January 2015, Connecticut is 12.97 inches in the hole. 

"We're OK for now,” Futtner said. “But the deficit is pretty big and down deep, there is no water. It's all surface water and in a few days, 90/95 degrees it's going to be gone." 



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<![CDATA[More Thunderstorms This Afternoon]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 17:26:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT3.png

Showers developing West to East this evening.  Temperatures in the low 60s.

A good chance of showers later tonight heading into early tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow will remain cloudy for the majority of the day with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon heading into the evening hours. Temperatures will remain in the 70s across the state.

Sunday will have periods of showers/storms with temperatures ranging in the mid to upper 70s. Humidity levels much more tolerable than earlier this week.

The start of next week will be pleasant under mostly sunny skies. High temperatures in the 70s to low 80s.

Humidity returns later on in the week.

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<![CDATA[How To View StormRanger Radar Data Online]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:38:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SRfullshot.jpg

Our exclusive StormRanger mobile radar truck is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that has a live, high-powered Doppler Radar on board that enables StormRanger to get out ahead of a storm.

The StormRanger can track storms wherever they are with a higher degree of accuracy and with more detail than ever before.

When StormRanger's powerful radar is turned on and tracking storms, you can access the live radar feed on all of our digital platforms. Here's how:

On Desktop:

  • Open a browser and navigate to the station’s weather page
    • If the interactive radar is not on the Weather Landing Page, then navigate to the Maps and Radar page from the sub-navigation at the top of the page
  • Scroll down on the page to the “Interactive Radar and Maps” content
  • In the bottom right corner of the interactive radar map, click on “Layers”
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  • A fly-out menu will appear. Click on the StormRanger layer icon
  • To close the menu, click on the “x” in the top right corner of the menu
  • When the menu closes, the StormRanger radar layer will be active on the map
    • If the StormRanger is not on, then “No Data” will appear on the interactive map layer
    • If the StormRanger is on, then precipitation images should appear on the map, if there are any detected in the area

On Mobile Web:

  • Open a browser and navigate to the station’s weather page
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Interactive Radar and Maps” menu option
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  • In the bottom right corner of the radar map, click on the layers icon. This icon looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another
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  • A fly-out menu will appear. Click on the StormRanger layer icon
  • To close the menu, click on the “x” in the top right corner. When the menu closes, the StormRanger radar layer will be active on the map
    • If the StormRanger is not on, then “No Data” will appear on the interactive map layer
    • If the StormRanger is on, then precipitation images should appear on the map, if there are any detected in the area

On Mobile Apps:

  • Open the app
  • If Weather is NOT set as the homepage, navigate to the weather page by tapping on the weather icon and temperature in the top right of the app header
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  • Tap your finger on the gray arrow on the edge of the half moon map to expand the interactive radar
  • In the top right corner of the radar map, click on the layers icon. This icon looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another
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  • In the “Layers” section of the menu that appears, you will see an option for StormRanger
    • On Android, click the checkbox next to StormRanger
    • On iOS, tap the right edge of the StormRanger menu item. This should place a blue checkmark next to StormRanger
  • To go back to the interactive radar map:
    • On Android, click the back arrow in the top left corner of the menu
    • On iOS click the “Done” button in the top right corner of the menu
  • When the menu closes, the StormRanger radar layer will be active on the map
    • If the StormRanger is not on, then “No Data” will appear on the interactive map layer
    • If the StormRanger is on, then precipitation images should appear on the map, if there are any detected in the area


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<![CDATA[First Heat Wave of the Year Possible Late Week]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 16:59:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cmhm2kbUMAAVqoJ.jpg+large.jpg

High heat and oppressive humidity is expected late this week.

High clouds increase this evening as the fireworks go off, but they will not obstruct the view.

Rain is expected after midnight, and it may be heavy at times tomorrow morning.

The most rain will fall in southern Connecticut, but the whole state should get in on the action.

The rainfall deficit over the last year and a half is over 12 inches, so the rain is very much needed.

The weather clears out Wednesday as temperatures soar into the middle 90s. The humidity will still be manageable on Wednesday.

That changes in a big way Thursday.

Heat indices, or what it feels like, will surge to near 100 degrees come Thursday and that will last through at least Friday.

At some point, either on Friday or over the weekend, a series of cold fronts will eventually cleanse the atmosphere from all of the humidity.

As a result, thunderstorms are possible, isolated in nature Thursday but with an increasing threat heading into the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Severe Weather Threat Diminishing in Connecticut]]> Sat, 02 Jul 2016 16:41:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+HRRR+Precip+CT1.png

A tornado watch has been issued for the four western counties of Connecticut -- Hartford, New Haven, Fairfield and Litchfield counties -- until 10 p.m.

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A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for storms that could produce a tornado, while a warning is highest level and means a tornado is imminent or has been spotted.

The strong thunderstorms were in advance of a cold front and flights are affected in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.

The severe weather threat is diminishing across Connecticut, though residents should remain on alert through the evening.

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Once the front clears after midnight, delightful weather is in store for the holiday weekend.

Saturday will be mostly sunny with temperatures near 80 degrees.

Lots of sunshine will make for a very bright Sunday, with highs in the middle 80s.

The Fourth of July will be warmest, with a blend of clouds and sunshine. Temperatures will be well into the 80s inland, but more like lower 80s at the beaches.

A heat wave is possible at the end of next week, when temperatures will soar to 90 degrees.



Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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<![CDATA[Summer Storms 2016: Not If, But When The Next Hurricane Strikes]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:42:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Summer_Storms_Not_If_But_When_The_Next_Hurricane_Strikes_1200x675_713738819923.jpg NBC Connecticut Chief Meteorologist Brad Field shows us why Connecticut should always be prepared for a hurricane.]]> <![CDATA[Summer Storms 2016: Shoreline Still Rebuilding from Irene and Sandy]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:43:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Summer_Storms_Shoreline_Still_Rebuilding_from_Irene_and_Sandy_1200x675_713733187906.jpg NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon shows us the rebuilding effort along the shoreline.]]> <![CDATA[Summer Storms 2016: Connecticut's Worst Severe Weather]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:42:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Summer_Storms_Connecticuts_Worst_Severe_Weather_1200x675_713736771629.jpg NBC Connecticut meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan shows us Connecticut's worst severe weather.]]> <![CDATA[Summer Storms 2016: Lightning Safety]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:42:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Summer_Storms_Lightning_Safety_1200x675_713736259810.jpg NBC Connecticut meteorologist Tyler Jankoski shows us how to prepare for lightning storms.]]> <![CDATA[Summer Storms 2016: How Power Companies Prepare]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:42:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Summer_Storms_How_Power_Companies_Prepare_1200x675_713738819590.jpg NBC Connecticut meteorologist Darren Sweeney shows us how power companies prepare for nature's worst.]]>