<![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-usTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:04:42 -0400Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:04:42 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Today's Forecast]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/first+alert_weather+1200.jpg

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the 50s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers. Highs in the middle 60s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s.

Friday: Showers. Highs in the lower 60s.

Saturday: Showers. Highs in the lower 60s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers. Highs in the upper 60s.

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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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<![CDATA[Risk for Showers Continues Into Weekend]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:48:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+515.png

Up to a half inch of rain fell Tuesday morning, and more showers are expected for the rest of the week.

An upper-level low pressure system will impact Connecticut's forecast for several days

While it won't move directly overhead, it will be close enough to spread in cloud cover and deliver a few showers from time to time.

By Wednesday, it will turn mostly cloudy and there will be showers at times.

Thursday could turn out dry before more showers Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

High temperatures will be in the 60s with the cloud cover.

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<![CDATA[Wet Tuesday Morning Commute Expected]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:18:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT9.png

Beneficial rain arrived midnight Tuesday morning and is expected to fall heavy at times during the morning commute.

Up to a half inch of rain is possible.

While increasing sunshine is expected Tuesday afternoon, the forecast for the rest of the week is quite unsettled.

An upper-level low pressure system will impact Connecticut's forecast starting midweek.

While it won't move directly overhead, it will be close enough to spread in cloud cover and deliver a few showers from time to time.

By Wednesday, it will turn mostly cloudy and there will be showers at times.

That weather continues into the weekend.

If there's any hope for a dry weekend day, that would occur on Sunday, but it's far from a lock.

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<![CDATA[Frost Advisory for Part of State Monday Morning]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:26:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/frost-advisory-09252016.jpg

The northwestern part of the state is under a frost advisory as temperatures took a dive Sunday night with overnight lows ranging from the mid-30s to mid-40s.

Monday starts chilly but clear and sunny. Highs will creep into the 60s Monday then back down to the high 50s at night. A cold front will move in overnight bringing showers starting mainly after 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Showers will continue Tuesday morning. The rest of the day will be mostly cloudy with a high around 73. Tuesday night looks to be partly cloudy with a low around 52.

Wednesday and Thursday both have a slight chance of showers with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.



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<![CDATA[Scattered Showers This Evening]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:17:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%281%292.png

The first true taste of fall will arrive this weekend.

Clouds will give way to a few showers this evening, with temperatures in the lower 80s.

Morning clouds will be replaced by increasing sunshine on Saturday, but temperatures will only reach 70 degrees.

It turns even cooler Sunday, under sunny skies, as temperatures only rise into the middle 60s.

High pressure building in overhead means the wind will go calm and there's a chance for the season's first frost Sunday night.

Upper 30s are possible in the Connecticut River Valley, while middle 30s are possible in the hill towns.

Monday appears dry and seasonable with plenty of sunshine.

A period of rain is likely Tuesday morning as a cold front comes through. But, that looks to be the only rain of consequence next week.

Dry weather returns Wednesday and lasts into the weekend with high temperatures each day in the lower 70s.

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<![CDATA[Temperatures Fall Into the 60s This Weekend]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:41:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+44.png

The first true taste of fall will arrive this weekend.

Abundant sunshine is expected to last through Friday. High temperatures will be in the 70s on Thursday and Friday.

A shower is possible Friday evening as a cold front comes through the state.

Sunshine will blend with clouds on Saturday with highs near 70.

It turns even cooler Sunday, under mostly sunny skies, as temperatures only rise into the middle 60s.

Early next week appears dry and seasonable with plenty of sunshine.

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<![CDATA[Taste of Fall This Weekend]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:30:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+44.png

Not only will the next few days be dry, but the first fall-like temperatures of the season are expected this weekend.

Abundant sunshine is expected to last through Friday. Temperatures will gradually fall, eventually only peaking near 70 on Saturday.

Fall officially begins Thursday, but it won't feel like it until the weekend.

The only exception to the dry forecast may be a shower Friday night as a cold front comes through.

The weekend will be substantially cooler, especially by Sunday.

A true taste of fall is expected, with high temperatures on Sunday only in the 60s!

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<![CDATA[Dry Stretch of Weather Ahead]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:41:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/232*120/Capture80.PNG

A long stretch of dry weather has taken hold of Connecticut and it will last into the upcoming weekend.

Abundant sunshine is expected to last through Friday. Temperatures will gradually fall, eventually only peaking in the 70s late this week.

The only exception to the dry forecast may be a shower Friday night as a cold front comes through.

The weekend will be substantially cooler, especially by Sunday.

A true taste of fall is expected, with high temperatures on Sunday only in the 60s!

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<![CDATA[What Is Needed to Erase the Drought?]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:52:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Colebrook.png

The only expedient way to eliminate a drought like the one afflicting Connecticut would be a landfalling tropical storm or hurricane – but with that, comes far too many unwanted consequences.

Back in 2011, Irene dumped more than seven inches of rain in western Connecticut, causing devastating flooding.

But there were other impacts, like four and a half feet of storm surge and wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour – all of which accompanied Irene here in the Nutmeg State, and none of which the state wants to see again.

The more reasonable way to squash a deficit of more than 15 inches is to have a wetter than average season – in other words, several months of above average rainfall or snowfall.

A back-of-the-envelope estimate for the average amount of rain Connecticut sees in one month is four inches.

The problem? Every month this year, except February and August, saw between two and two point five inches of precipitation.

Hot off the press is the Climate Prediction Center's three-month precipitation outlook. The government forecasters project equal chances of above or below average precipitation.

Unfortunately, the drought is likely to continue as fall begins, and winter is historically the driest time of year in connecticut.



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<![CDATA[Lingering Shower Tonight, Increasing Sunshine Tuesday]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:36:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT7.png

Some locations, like southeastern Connecticut, picked up over two inches of rain today.

A lingering shower is possible tonight before another long stretch of dry weather sets in.

While clouds are still in the picture tomorrow morning, increasing sunshine is expected. Temperatures will be in the middle 80s.

The medium-range forecast is very dry, unfortunately, as there is a large rainfall deficit across the state.

Abundant sunshine is expected starting Tuesday through the upcoming weekend.

High temperatures will gradually fall from the middle 80s early in the week to the middle 60s by Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Aerial Video Shows Drought Impact on Connecticut River]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:44:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/Capture77.PNG

Most of Connecticut is now in a severe drought.

The rainfall deficit begin in May 2015 and has only gotten worse since.

Windsor Locks is now down more than 15 inches of rain since the beginning of 2015.

NBC Connecticut commisioned aerial video to see the banks of the Connecticut River from high above.

First Alert meteorologist Tyler Jankoski shows you some of the footage and explains the drought in the video above.

River flow rates are much below average for this time of year.

On the Farmington River, a new record minimum flow rate was set on Friday, September 16. The data there goes back 44 years.

No one storm will erase this drought, though a tropical system could make a big dent in the deficit. Right now, First Alert forecasters do not see any tropical activity in the near future.

Winter is historically the driest time of year in Connecticut, so it's likely this drought continues for some time to come.

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<![CDATA[Dry Saturday, Showers Sunday]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:14:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%286%291.png

While the weekend will begin dry, a cold front will bring clouds and showers on Sunday.

The majority of the state is now considered to be in a severe drought, for the first time since 2012.

Clouds will increase Saturday, but shower activity will hold off until Saturday night or Sunday.

Highs temperatures will be in the upper 70s.

Showers will continue Sunday, with thunder possible. Temperatures will be around 80 degrees.

While a shower may linger into Monday morning, much of Monday features improvement with highs near 80.

Tuesday through Thursday of next week appear mostly sunny with temperatures near 80 degrees.

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<![CDATA[Sunny, Dry End to the Week]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:04:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%286%29.png

Cooler, seasonable weather has arrived in Connecticut.

Overnight low temperatures will fall into the 40s.

The majority of the state is now considered to be in a severe drought, for the first time since 2012.

Under full sunshine, Friday will feature highs in the lower and middle 70s.

Clouds will once again increase Saturday, but any shower activity will hold off until Saturday night or Sunday.

Highs temperatures will be in the upper 70s.

Showers will continue Sunday, with thunder possible. Temperatures will be around 80 degrees.

While a shower may linger into Monday morning, much of Monday features improvement with highs near 80.

Tuesday through Thursday of next week appear mostly sunny with temperatures near 80 degrees.

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<![CDATA[Much Cooler Weather to Follow Record Warmth]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:39:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%285%29.png

High pressure will be in control for most of this week, meaning no widespread beneficial rain is expected.

A new record of 88 degrees was set in Bridgeport today. Windsor Locks remains a few degrees shy of a record, sitting in the upper 80s.

Isolated storms continue to move through Connecticut this evening.

It turns much cooler on Thursday and Friday, when highs will only be in the lower and middle 70s. It will feel like fall!

Overnight low temperatures will fall into the 40s late this week.

Clouds will once again increase Saturday, but any shower activity should hold off until Saturday night or Sunday.

Highs temperatures will be in the upper 70s.

While a shower may linger into Monday morning, much of Monday features improvement with highs near 80.

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<![CDATA[Scattered Thunderstorms Later Wednesday]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:02:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+112.png

High pressure will be in control for most of this week, meaning no widespread beneficial rain is expected.

A cold front approaches on Wednesday, so while clouds increase, most of the day will be dry. Scattered storms are expected around the time of the evening commute.

Highs will be in the middle 80s on Wednesday.

It turns cooler on Thursday and Friday, when highs will only be in the lower and middle 70s. It will feel like fall!

Overnight low temperatures will fall into the 40s late this week.

Clouds will once again increase Saturday, but any shower activity should hold off until Saturday night or Sunday.

Highs temperatures will be in the 70s.

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<![CDATA[Largely Dry Week Ahead]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:37:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Array+Skycam+LIVE.png

High pressure will be in control for most of this week, meaning no beneficial rain is expected.

In fact, complete sunshine will last through Tuesday with high temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees.

A cold front approaches on Wednesday, so while clouds increase, most of the day will be dry. An isolated shower is expected at night.

It turns cooler on Thursday and Friday, when highs will only be in the lower and middle 70s. It will feel like fall!

Overnight low temperatures will fall into the 40s late this week.

Clouds will once again increase Saturday, but any shower activity should hold off until Saturday night or Sunday.

Highs temperatures will be in the 70s.

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<![CDATA[Bradley International Hits 90 Degrees]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:54:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%284%29.png

Unseasonably warm weather is here to stay for several more days.

Bradley International hit 90 degrees Friday afternoon for the 29th time this year.

Saturday looks decent for outdoor plans, though a scattered shower is expected during the day.

It will be humid with high temperatures in the middle and upper 80s.

After a morning storm Sunday, clearing will set in in the wake of a cold front. Highs will by in the lower 80s.

Monday and Tuesday should feature complete sunshine with highs in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees.

There's another chance for showers on Wednesday, with temperatures in the lower 80s.

Late next week looks gorgeous on Thursday and Friday with abundant sunshine and below average highs, in the lower 70s.

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<![CDATA[Abundant Sunshine Through the Weekend]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:54:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT%2810%291.png

Temperatures will be well above average for the next few days.

Thursday will be warm, with partly cloudy skies and highs near 90 degrees.

Beautiful weather arrives Friday, when complete sunshine is expected. Temperatures will rise to 90 degrees, which is very warm for the time of year.

Saturday looks great for outdoor plans, and it will be cooler, with highs in the middle 80s. A storm is possible at night.

Come Sunday, a shower is possible with temperatures in the middle 80s.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut May See Early Fall Foliage ]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 23:29:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16250477033524-f.jpg

Summer days are quickly disappearing and many people are gearing up for swing in seasons.

"I love actually walk through the woods to see the leaves turning to go up to the tower and to see a lot of Connecticut from up there it's beautiful," Simsbury resident, Linda Yorgensen, said.

But with much of the state in a moderate drought, New England's signature fall foliage could take a hit.

"We might see some trees losing their leaves early, we might see some actual early fall foliage because as trees get stressed they tend to shut down towards the end of the year," said Chris Donnelly, Urban Forestry Coordinator for the DEEP. "And that's essentially the process that leads to fall foliage."

In just about one month leaves will go from green to brilliant fall colors. The DEEP is forecasting the peak to start right around Columbus Day, October 10, and extend through the start of November. But with the exceptionally dry conditions, the season might not last as long.

Despite the threat of a shorter foliage season, Jim Christopher, the owner of Green Acres Bed and Breakfast in Simsbury isn't concerned.

"At this point we're probably half booked for October and expect to be almost fully booked for the month of October,” explained Christopher. "So whether the leaves change or not, people have already made a commitment."

But for anyone making leaf peeping plans, no matter the length of the season, you will be able to find the colors of fall somewhere.

"They may be muted in some areas I expect other parts of the state they'll show up very, very well," said Donnelly.  "I look for low lying areas to show a lot of vibrancy because of course they'll be areas that have more moisture available to them so there should be areas where it's as good as it's ever been."

The DEEP Interactive Fall Foliage map is now available so you can see when the peak colors will happen in your town.



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<![CDATA[Temperatures Near 90 Degrees Friday]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:58:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cr2pmYIUAAAhp1T.jpg

The weather continues to gradually improve in Connecticut.

An isolated storm is expected Thursday night with lows near 70.

it will be very warm Friday, when a mix of sunshine and clouds is expected. Temperatures will rise to 90 degrees, which is well above average this time of year.

Saturday looks great for outdoor plans, and it will be cooler, with highs in the lower 80s.

An isolated showers is possible during the day, then there's a better chance for a shower Saturday night.

A blend of clouds and sunshine will make for a pleasant Sunday in the wake of a cold front. Highs will by in the lower 80s.

Monday and Tuesday should feature complete sunshine with highs in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees.

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<![CDATA[Governor Urges Shoreline Residents to Be Prepared for Possible Flooding from Hermine]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:45:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Gif-Hermine-Radar.gif

A tropical storm watch has been issued for Connecticut’s immediate shoreline and the governor is asking residents in the watch zone to closely monitor Tropical Storm Hermine over the next several days and be prepared for potential minor to moderate flooding and some gusty winds. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy is also urging residents to be prepared in case of potential power outages. 

“Our office is receiving real-time updates on this storm and its path. Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same, especially residents in our shoreline communities,” Malloy said in a statement. “Based on Hermine’s current projected path, we do not believe it will have a major impact on the state, but it does have the potential to produce some gusty winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding, especially in low-lying areas along the shoreline. Power outages are also a possibility with this storm. This storm needs to be watched closely over the next three to four days.” 

Malloy’s office said the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is monitoring the storm very closely and is prepared to coordinate any potential state response. 

The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is also participating in regular National Weather Service conference calls to get the latest information on the storm’s track and any potential impacts on the state.



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Water Skis Flood Waters From Hermine]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:19:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-09-02-at-12.16.14-PM-%282%29.jpg Wesley Chapel resident Robby McLaughlin went water skiing on roadside flood waters on Sept. 2, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Hermine Hits Redington Shores in Florida]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:28:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-09-02-at-12.24.33-PM-%282%29.jpg Strong winds, heavy rain in Redington Shores, Florida, on Sept. 1, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Isolated Showers Continue]]> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:36:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+HRRR+Precip+CT%281%29.png

Hermine continues to meander south of New England as it weakens, but the tropical storm warning has been canceled for Connecticut.

Wind gusts were over 40 mph Monday night in eastern Connecticut, but since the storm is weakening, gusts are only expected to be up to 15 mph tonight.

Isolated, light rain showers are possible through Wednesday, especially in eastern Connecticut.

Dangerous rip currents continue at Atlantic-exposed beaches, mainly from Misquamicut on east.

Thursday will be quite warm, with highs nearing 90 and a good amount of sunshine. A shower is possible at night.

Friday will be like summer, with complete sunshine and temperatures topping out at 90 degrees.

The weekend looks nice for outdoor plans, with mostly sunny skies Saturday and partly cloudy conditions Sunday.

A shower is possible Sunday. Temperatures will rise into the middle 80s this weekend.


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<![CDATA[Scattered Showers This Morning]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 07:20:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT%289%29.png

An approaching coldfront is bringing scattered showers tonight and tomorrow morning.

After the morning showers today, clearing will set in with highs near 80 degrees.

High pressure will provide dry, sunny weather Friday through Saturday, with highs in the upper 70s.

It will be beautiful fair weather for the Woodstock Fair, early on in the weekend, with no humidity in sight.

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That changes come Sunday, when rain and wind are expected to arrive in Connecticut.

For more on the tropical threat, click here.

After the storm passes, sunshine returns for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week with temperatures well into the 80s.


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<![CDATA[Superb Summer Weather This Weekend]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:09:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM12+Precip+Cloud+Floater%283%291.png

The last weekend of meteorological summer will deliver delightful weather for outdoor activities.

Abundant sunshine both Saturday and Sunday will make for a great beach weekend.

Temperatures will rise to near 90 Saturday, then into the upper 80s come Sunday.

It will turn hot and humid early next week, with temperatures near 90 degrees. A storm is possible each day Monday through Wednesday.

Late next week, it turns much cooler when highs only reach the 70s by Friday.

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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]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:47:43 -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.

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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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