<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Weather News and Coverage]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 05 May 2016 00:43:47 -0400Thu, 05 May 2016 00:43:47 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Today's Forecast]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/first+alert_weather+1200.jpg

Tonight: Showers likely. Lows in the 40s.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, cool and breezy. Showers late. Highs lower 50s inland, lower 50s shore.

Friday: Showers with a storm possible. Highs lower 60s inland, upper 50s shore.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, a few showers can't be ruled out. Highs low 60s inland, upper 50s shore.

Mother's Day: A morning shower, then clearing. Highs low 60s.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs mid 60s inland, low 60s shore.

Tuesday: Sun and clouds. Highs near 70 inland, low 60s shore.

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<![CDATA[Showery, Cool Weather Continues]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 17:27:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+Floater%283%29.png

The cloudy, cool and wet weather looks to continue for the foreseeable future.

Showers will continue tonight with lows in the 40s.

The chance for showers continues again tomorrow, with highs in the lower 50s.

Showers and possibly even a storm are possible Friday.

Saturday looks primarily dry, just in time to start the weekend! An isolated shower is possible and it will be warmer, with highs in the lower 60s.

Mother's Day starts with a few morning showers, then clearing is expected. The afternoon hours will be best. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

Early next week, dry weather returns and 70 is possible by Tuesday, but it won't last long.

Indications show wave after wave of low pressure next week, possibly as soon as Wednesday.


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<![CDATA[Unsettled, Cool Weather Continues]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 17:00:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+Floater%281%291.png

Unsettled, cool weather will continue for the rest of the workweek.

Isolated showers are expected overnight with lows in the 40s.

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Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a chance for showers, with temperatures again in the middle 50s.

The chance for showers continues again Thursday, with highs in the upper 50s.

Organized rain returns Friday to close the workweek. Yet again, temperatures will be stuck in the 50s.

The next dry day appears to be Saturday, just in time to start the weekend! It will be warmer, with highs in the middle 60s.

Mother's Day looks mostly dry though a cold front will bring a few shower through the state. Not a washout. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

Early next week, dry weather returns and 70 is possible by Tuesday!

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<![CDATA[More Rain Tonight, Pattern Remains Unsettled]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 15:44:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Generic+Rain+Generic+Umbrella+Generic+Rainy.jpg

An unsettled weather pattern will grip Connecticut through the upcoming weekend.

Showers and possibly even a period of rain will return tonight as temperatures remain in the 40s.

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The rain will wind down during the morning commute tomorrow, so it will be another soggy drive.

However, tomorrow is more murky than it is wet. While there can be drizzle at any point, there shouldn't be any organized rain. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a chance for showers, with temperatures again in the upper 50s.

The chance for showers continues again on Thursday, with highs in the upper 50s.

Organized rain returns Friday to close the workweek. Yet again, temperatures will be stuck in the upper 50s.

The next dry day appears to be Saturday, just in time to start the weekend! It will be warmer, with highs in the middle 60s.



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<![CDATA[Showers This Evening, Rain Sunday]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:31:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM12+Precip+Clouds+Floater%281%292.png

Numerous chances for rain exists over the next few days.

Showers will last through much of the evening across Connecticut, as temperatures fall through the 40s.

A good amount of low-level moisture will provide for clouds and an increasing chance of rain this weekend.

Saturday looks like the pick of the weekend, as it will be predominately dry with a mix of clouds and sunshine. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

Clouds will take over by Sunday, with showers most of the day. It will be chilly as temperatures only rise into the upper 40s!

The showers will last into the day Monday, when it will be chilly again with temperatures stuck in the 50s.

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The pattern remains cool and unsettled next week, as a trough will be digging over the eastern part of the country.

Uncertainty in the finer forecast details is high.

For now, the forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds Tuesday before another chance for rain come Wednesday.

Every single day in the seven day forecast is below average, as seasonable highs are in the upper 60s by later next week.


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<![CDATA[Mostly Dry Tomorrow, A Shower Possible]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:06:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+514.png

A long stretch of unsettled weather is about to set in.

Tonight, a few showers will move through with temperatures in the lower 40s.

The shower chance continues tomorrow, especially in southern Connecticut late in the evening. It won't be a washout, and some breaks of sun are possible. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

A good amount of low-level moisture will provide for clouds and an increasing chance of rain this weekend.

Saturday looks like the pick of the weekend, as it will be predominately dry with more clouds than sunshine. Highs will be near 60.

Clouds will take over by Sunday, with a steady rain by the afternoon. It will be chilly as temperatures only rise into the upper 40s!

The showers will last into the day Monday, when it will be chilly again with temperatures stuck in the 50s.

A good amount of disagreement exists in whether or not skies clear heading into Tuesday.

For now, the forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds Tuesday before another chance for rain come Wednesday.

Every single day in the seven day forecast is below average, as seasonable highs are in the upper 60s by later next week.

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<![CDATA[Clouds Arrive Tomorrow Afternoon, Showers Friday]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:31:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM12+Precip+Clouds+Floater3.png

The brief stint of dry weather won't last much longer in Connecticut.

With clear skies and calm winds, temperatures will fall back to the freezing mark tonight. Freeze warnings are posted for much of the state.

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Tomorrow should also turn out dry, with morning sunshine but increasing afternoon clouds. Temperatures will again rise to near 60 degrees.

A disturbance will provide an opportunity for a few showers on Friday, especially in southern Connecticut. It won't be a washout. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

A good amount of low-level moisture will provide for clouds and an increasing chance of showers this weekend.

Saturday looks like the pick of the weekend, as it will be predominately dry with a mix of sunshine and clouds. Highs will be near 60.

Clouds will take over by Sunday, with an increasing chance for showers by the afternoon. It will be cool as temperatures only rise into the middle 50s.

The showers will last into the day Monday, when it will be chilly again with temperatures stuck in the 50s.

A good amount of disagreement exists in whether or not skies clear heading into Tuesday.

For now, the forecast calls for an abundance of clouds Tuesday improving to a blend of clouds and sunshine by Wednesday. Temperatures should rebound back to 60 degrees, which will still be below average.


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<![CDATA[Frosty Night Ahead, Beautiful Tomorrow]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:00:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+513.png

The rain has moved out and a frosty night is ahead.

Temperatures will fall to the freezing mark in many inland locations.

Tomorrow will be a world's better than today. Full sunshine with highs near 60.

The late-week period of Thursday into Friday looks primarily dry, though First Alert forecasters are watching a disturbance that will be just southwest of the region.

A few showers are possible Thursday afternoon and evening, especially in southwest Connecticut. Temperatures will be close to 60 degrees.

An early look at the weekend shows dry weather with high temperatures in the middle 60s – seasonable for the time of year!

There will be low-level moisture around the region, so it won't be completely sunny.

A blend of clouds and sunshine is expected Saturday, while Sunday could very well end up mostly cloudy but dry.

The next organized batch of rain is poised to impact Connecticut on Monday, and it may last into Tuesday.

High temperatures early next week will be below average, in the upper 50s.

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<![CDATA[Rainy, Cold Day Ahead Tomorrow]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:09:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Special+Election+Day.png

Clouds will thicken tonight ahead of an unusually cold Tuesday that will also contain rain.

Showers will move in before the morning commute tomorrow and continue through the day.

A sharp temperature contrast will exist between Philadelphia and Connecticut.

While the temperature likely flirts with 80 in southeast Pennsylvania, Connecticut temperatures will be stuck in the 40s!

Given the cold air at the surface, severe thunderstorms are unlikely tomorrow. A few rumbles of thunder are possible, though.

The rain will be very helpful at mitigating the threat for brush fires.

Wednesday will be a world's better. Full sunshine with highs near 60.

The late-week period of Thursday into Friday looks primarily dry, though First Alert forecasters are watching a disturbance that will be just southwest of the region.

A few showers are possible Friday if that system makes it farther to the north. Temperatures will be close to 60 degrees.

An early look at the weekend shows dry weather with high temperatures in the middle 60s – seasonable for the time of year!

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<![CDATA[Showers, Thunder Tonight Before Dry Weekend]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:34:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Forecast+Weekend+Outlook4.png

Unsettled weather surrounds the weekend but both Saturday and Sunday will be dry.

A few showers and thunderstorms will linger into this evening.

While it will be a cloudy start for some tomorrow, those clouds will burn off.

Tomorrow looks awesome with lots of sunshine and highs in the upper 60s.

It's also a dry day Sunday, when sunshine will blend with thin clouds. However, it will be cooler, with highs only near 60.

A pattern change puts an active storm track over Connecticut next week.

It's never easy to forecast when a front is hung up overhead. That's the case early next week.

Temperatures could easily vary by 10 or 20 degrees across the state, with southern reaches being the warmest. Hartford could be 55 degrees while Stamford is 65 degrees.

Showers are likely both Monday and Tuesday, with a batch of steady rain possible Tuesday.

Temperatures will be stuck in the 40s on Tuesday!

High pressure should nose itself into the region to provide a dry day on Wednesday, even though it will still be on the cool side.

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<![CDATA[Showers, Thunderstorms Possible Tomorrow]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:07:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+Floater12.png

A cold front will spark off thunderstorms tomorrow before glorious weather sets in for the weekend.

Clouds move in tonight and as a result, lows will only drop to the lower and middle 50s.

Most of the shower and thunderstorm activity will be focused in the afternoon and evening hours tomorrow.

The severe threat is low.

Saturday looks awesome with lots of sunshine and highs in the upper 60s.

It's also a dry day Sunday, when sunshine will blend with thin clouds. However, it will be cooler, with highs only near 60.

A pattern change puts an active storm track over Connecticut next week.

It's never easy to forecast when a front is hung up overhead. That's the case early next week.

Temperatures could easily vary by 10 or 20 degrees across the state, with southern reaches being the warmest. Hartford could be 55 degrees while Stamford is 65 degrees.

For now, First Alert forecasters think the Hartford area will be in the cold side of the front, which would result in temperatures in the 50s.

Showers are likely both Monday and Tuesday, with a batch of steady rain possible Tuesday.

High pressure should nose itself into the region to provide a dry day on Wednesday, even though it will still be on the cool side.

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<![CDATA[Dry Through Tomorrow, Needed Rainfall Friday]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:28:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Capture40.PNG

Sunshine will stick around through tomorrow before needed rainfall on Friday.

It will be frosty tonight as temperatures fall back into the 30s.

Another mostly sunny day is on tap for tomorrow, when it will be nearly 10 degrees above average with highs in the lower 70s.

Scattered showers will make Friday a gloomy day, but even when all is said and done, not much rain is anticipated.

Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and evening as some sunshine will generate instability.

How about the weekend?

Saturday is best, with lots of sunshine and highs in the lower 60s.

A cold front passes through at some point on Sunday, but it should be dry.

High temperatures will be near 60 under a blend of clouds and sun.

A pattern change puts an active storm track over Connecticut next week.

Showers are in the forecast on both Monday and Tuesday, and temperatures will be stuck in the 50s.

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<![CDATA[Dry, Breezy Conditions Make for High Fire Danger]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:55:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Weather+Alerts+17.png

Dry, sunny weather will continue through the weekend, with the only exception being Friday.

Overnight, clear skies will dominate as winds diminish. Lows will be in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees.

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The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for tomorrow. Even though there will be less wind, it is still very dry.

Tomorrow will be beautiful, with highs in the lower 60s under full sunshine.

Another mostly sunny day is on tap for Thursday, when it will be nearly 10 degrees above average with highs in the lower 70s.

Scattered showers will make Friday a gloomy day, but even when all is said and done, not much rain is anticipated.

How about the weekend?

Saturday is best, with lots of sunshine and highs in the lower 60s.

A cold front passes through at some point on Sunday, but it should be dry.

High temperatures will be near 60 under a blend of clouds and sun.

A pattern change puts an active storm track over Connecticut next week.

Showers are in the forecast on both Monday and Tuesday, and temperatures will be stuck in the 50s.


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<![CDATA[High Fire Danger Tomorrow]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:52:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Weather+Alerts+16.png

The remarkably dry, sunny stretch of weather will continue through much of this week with few exceptions.

Clouds will move in tonight in advance of a cold front. Lows will be near 50 degrees.

A stray sprinkle or shower is possible tomorrow morning, with some rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds.

However, by lunchtime, the sun will be shining and it will be a beautiful afternoon.

A northwest breeze between 10 and 20 mph will make for a high fire danger.

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch statewide. Open flames outside are discouraged.

Temperatures will in the upper 60s.

Wednesday will be beautiful, with highs in the middle 60s under full sunshine.

Another mostly sunny day is on tap for Thursday, when it will be nearly 10 degrees above average with highs near 70.

Scattered showers will make Friday a gloomy day, but even when all is said and done, not much rain is anticipated.

How about the weekend?

Saturday is best, with unlimited sunshine and highs in the lower 60s.

A cold front passes through at some point on Sunday, and it could bring a shower.

By and large, however, it will be a dry day as sunshine mixes with clouds. Highs will only be in the upper 50s.

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<![CDATA[Dry, Sunny and Warmer This Weekend]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:01:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+iCAST+Max+Temperature+SNE%281%291.png

Bright blue skies will stick around through the weekend as high pressure remains overhead.

Another clear, chilly night is ahead with lows in the 30s.

Tomorrow's high temperatures will also be in the lower 60s.

Come Sunday, it will be warmer – upper 60s to near 70 degrees. The shoreline will be closer to 60 degrees.

By Monday, temperatures will finally be in the lower 70s. Anticipate a blend of sunshine and clouds, with clouds increasing late in the day.

A cold front will spark showers on Tuesday, but most of the day will be dry with a good amount of cloud cover.

More importantly, temperatures will fall below seasonable levels again on Tuesday. Highs will only be in the upper 50s.

Wednesday will be bright but cool, with highs still stuck in the middle and upper 50s.

Warmer weather returns quickly on Thursday, when highs will top 70 degrees. Abundant sunshine is expected.

While some showers are possible Friday, temperatures will still be in the lower 70s inland.

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<![CDATA[Sea Breeze Explained – Why Shoreline Is Sometimes Cooler]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:47:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Special+Sea+Breeze+Satellite.png

Sea breezes play an important role in Connecticut weather during the warm season.

Why can there be a 10 or 20 degree temperature difference between Groton and Hartford on any given spring or summer afternoon?

It all comes down to uneven heating of the earth's surface.

While both the ocean and the land absorb the sun's energy, the land warms far more quickly.

The air temperature over land increases rapidly after sunrise on a clear day, thus the air becomes less dense. It begins rising.

This creates an area of low pressure over land as air is removed from the column.

Relative to the land, the air pressure over water is now high.

Air blows from areas of high to areas of low pressure. This sets into motion the sea breeze.

Cool, ocean air moves inland and provides relief from summer heat along the shoreline.

A circulation forms as the cool, ocean air moves inland, rises, and then returns to the ocean several thousand feet up before sinking.

This process also provides a stabilizing effect near the water. While puffy fair-weather cumulus clouds form inland, the sky is completely clear over land where the cooler air has taken over.

Sea breezes can also stir up dust, insects and other small debris that is visible on radar.

The strength of a sea breeze is proportional to the temperature difference between the land and ocean, so long as the prevailing wind is light.

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<![CDATA[Sunny, Dry Weekend Ahead]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:05:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+iCAST+Max+Temperature+SNE3.png

High pressure maintains command of the region and that means the beautiful weather will continue.

Under clear skies, it will be frosty again tonight as temperatures fall back to freezing.

Tomorrow will be a bright day with lots of sunshine. A few wispy clouds are possible. Temperatures will rise into the upper 50s.

A persistent north and northeast flow is keeping the temperatures from soaring into the 60s for a few days.

The weekend looks great for outdoor activities, as the sky will be completely clear.

Saturday's high temperatures will be in the upper 50s.

Highs will be in the upper 60s on Sunday, but will struggle to hit 70.

By Monday, temperatures will finally be in the lower 70s.

A cold front could spark a shower on Tuesday.

More importantly, temperatures will fall below seasonable levels again on Tuesday. Highs will only be in the upper 50s.

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<![CDATA[Temperatures to Hit 70 Degrees Early Next Week]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:58:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+2%281%295.png

Abundant sunshine will dominate through the end of the week with temperatures eventually soaring into the 70s.

A few clouds will move through tonight, otherwise it will be mostly clear and frosty.

Tomorrow brings unlimited sunshine, but it will be seasonably cool with highs in the middle 50s.

An "omega" block will be control the weather pattern over the eastern two-thirds of the country come the end of the week.

This pattern results in dry, sunny weather in the middle, but unsettled weather on either edge.

Connectiut will be in the dry portion of the pattern for days on end.

Friday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s.

The weekend looks amazing. Temperatures will be in the upper 50s Saturday.

Abundant sunshine will last all weekend long.

Highs will be in the upper 60s on Sunday.

By Monday, temperatures will be in the lower 70s.

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<![CDATA[Long Stretch of Dry, Sunny Weather Ahead]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:00:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+2%281%294.png

The longest stretch of dry, bright and seasonably warm weather so far this year has arrived.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with highs in the middle 50s.

Thursday brings unlimited sunshine as temperatures surge towards 60 degrees.

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An "omega" block will be dominating the weather pattern over the eastern two-thirds of the country come the end of the week.

This pattern results in dry, sunny weather in the middle, but unsettled weather on either edge.

Connectiut will be in the dry portion of the pattern for days on end.

Friday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s.

The weekend looks amazing. Temperatures will be near 60 Saturday.

Abundant sunshine will last all weekend long.

Highs will be in the upper 60s to perhaps 70 degrees on Sunday.


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<![CDATA[Summer Following Strong El Niño Can Be Hot]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:04:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Special+CPC+Summer.png

One of the strongest El Niños ever recorded occurred this past winter.

Since reliable sea surface temperature data recording began in 1950, five strong El Niños have been logged.

For the purposes of this article, a strong El Niño is defined as one when three consecutive three-month overlapping periods in the Niño 3.4 region registered an anomaly of 1.5 degrees Celsius or greater.

The El Niño of 2015-2016 fits that definition, but the summer of 2016 is still in the future; therefore, it cannot be used for this assessment.

The five summers following strong El Niños since 1950 are 1998, 1983, 1973, 1966 and 1958.

Three of those summers were quite warm.

Most notable was the summer of 1973 – the warmest on record in 111 years of record-keeping in the Hartford area.

The period from June to August 1973 had an average temperature of 74.4 degrees, which is 3.0 degrees above average.

There were also 25 90-degree days in the summer of 1973.

The summer of 1966 ranked fifth warmest in the Hartford area, but featured the highest number of 90-degree days – a whopping 31 in a span of 92 days.

There are exceptions to the idea that warmth follows strong El Niños.

In 1997-1998 the El Niño was strong, but the summer that followed only ranked 50th warmest and was 0.3 degrees below average.

Following the strong 1957-1958 El Niño, the summer actually ranked 2nd coldest on record in the Hartford area.

The average temperature ranked 3.2 degrees below average.

Combining the warm extremes with the cold extremes, four of the five summers following strong El Niños featured notable temperature anomalies.

The Climate Prediction Center currently forecasts an above average summer for the entire nation. According to the government forecast, New England has greater than a 50 percent shot at seeing above average temperatures.

In terms of severe weather, the records are not thorough enough to analyze how post-El Niño summers shaped up since 1950.

One thing is for sure though – while the summer of 1998 didn't raise any eyebrows in terms of temperatures, it was a wild severe weather season.

To this day, the only high risk for severe weather in Connecticut occurred that May.

Dozens of tornadoes ripped across the region on May 31, 1998.

Stay with the First Alert weather team as summer nears for updated ideas on what will transpire this year.

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<![CDATA[Rain Tomorrow, Dry Weather Returns Wednesday]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:07:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+CT17.png

An area of low pressure over Canada will sponsor clouds and wet weather through tomorrow.

Showers are expected overnight with lows in the 40s.

An organized batch of steady rain will make move through the state tomorrow morning.

The rain should wrap up from west to east during the afternoon. Temperatures will peak in the lower and middle 50s.

It's possible that a long stretch of dry, sunny and warmer weather begins Wednesday.

For Wednesday itself, expect a blend of clouds and sunshine, with the most sunshine along the New York border.

Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Thursday brings unlimited sunshine as temperatures surge towards 60 degrees.

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An "omega" block will be dominating the weather pattern over the eastern two-thirds of the country come the end of the week.

This pattern results in dry, sunny weather in the middle, but unsettled weather on either edge.

A blend of clouds and sunshine is expected Friday. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

The weekend looks amazing. Temperatures will be in the 60s Saturday and near 70 on Sunday.

Abundant sunshine will last all weekend long.

Highs will be in the upper 60s to perhaps 70 degrees on Sunday.


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<![CDATA[Mostly Dry, Chilly Weekend]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:53:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+Floater11.png

Mostly dry weather has set in and it will last through the weekend.

It will be chilly tonight with temperatures in the upper 20s for most.

The weekend will be on the cold side for the time of year.

High temperatures only be in the upper 40s both Saturday and Sunday.

A storm system will largely miss Connecticut on Saturday. While it will be mostly cloudy, it will also be mainly dry.

A light rain or snow shower is possible, especially in southern Connecticut.

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Sunday will be the brighter of the two days with mostly sunny skies. However, it will still be chilly.

Those heading out to the UConn victory parade should dress warmly and find the sunny side of the street.

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Early next week looks unsettled, though temperatures rise.

Showers are in the forecast for Monday and they last though Tuesday. Temperatures will peak in the middle 50s both days.

Dry weather returns on Wednesday with a blend of clouds and sunshine. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

A sprawling area of high pressure looks to build in late next week, providing sun-splashed skies with temperatures finally approaching 60 degrees by week's end.


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<![CDATA[Snow Possible Saturday Evening]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:51:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Twitter+Movie3.png

While the organized rain has ended, a lingering shower is possible tomorrow.

For the most part, tomorrow will be mostly cloudy and dry with highs near 50.

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The weekend will be on the cold side for the time of year.

High temperatures only be in the upper 40s Saturday and middle 40s Sunday.

Rain and snow is possible Saturday afternoon and evening, but with temperatures above freezing, little to no accumulation is expected.

If anything, the grass will turn white in spots.

Sunday should be the brighter of the two days with mostly sunny skies.

Early next week looks unsettled, though temperatures rise.

Showers are in the forecast for Monday and steady rain should move in by Tuesday.

Dry weather returns on Wednesday with mostly sunny skies.

High temperatures will be in the 50s starting Monday, which is still below average.


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<![CDATA[March 2016 Ranked Sixth Warmest in Connecticut]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:09:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Special+2.png

Another warm month was logged in March, as the month will go on the top 10 list of warmest Marches in the Hartford area.

This past March went into the record books as sixth warmest, with 2012 topping the list with an average temperature of 47.1 degrees.

March 2016 had an average temperature of 43.9 degrees. So, it wasn't as warm, but it was still a noteworthy month.

The standard 30-year 1981-2010 average temperature for March is 37.8 degrees. That means March 2016 registered 6.1 degrees above average.

The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) does a more thorough calculation based on several sources of high quality weather observations.

NCEI classified March in Connecticut as being "much above average," along with much of the region.

For Connecticut as a whole, NCEI's analysis matched what the point data from the Hartford area showed – March 2016 was sixth warmest.

Here's a recap of the last 15 months in the Hartford area when it comes to notable temperature records. Data goes back to 1905.

Top 10 finishes are bold and colored in either red (warm) or blue (cold).

  • Janurary 2015 – 25th coldest
  • February 2015 – first coldest
  • March 2015 – ninth coldest
  • April 2015 – 42nd warmest
  • May 2015 – first warmest
  • June 2015 – 39th coldest
  • July 2015 – 42nd warmest
  • August 2015 – 11th warmest
  • September 2015 – third warmest
  • October 2015 – 48th coldest
  • November 2015 – sixth warmest
  • December 2015 – first warmest
  • January 2016 – 27th warmest
  • February 2016 – 21st warmest
  • March 2016 – sixth warmest

Since the beginning of last year, five months have notched a top 10 finish on the list of warmest respective months, while two months have registered in the top 10 coldest.

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<![CDATA[Rain, Heavy at Times Tomorrow]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:47:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+CT%282%293.png

Showers will develop late tonight and it will be foggy ahead of heavy rain tomorrow.

Periods of rain will occur all day tomorrow, with the best chance for heavy rain occurring in the afternoon.

While the organized rain comes to an end tomorrow evening, a lingering shower is possible Friday.

Otherwise, Friday will be mostly cloudy with highs near 50. A gray but mostly dry end to the week.

The weekend will be on the cold side for the time of year.

High temperatures only be in the upper 40s Saturday and middle 40s Sunday.

Some snow is possible Saturday night as grazes southeast New England, but the threat remains low.

Sunday should be the brighter of the two days with mostly sunny skies.

Early next week looks unsettled, though temperatures rise.

Showers are in the forecast come late Monday, and steady rain should move in by Tuesday.

Dry weather returns Wednesday with a mix of sunshine and clouds.

High temperatures will be in the upper 50s on both Tuesday and Wednesday, which is seasonable for the time of year.

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<![CDATA[April 2016 Already One of the Snowiest on Record]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:30:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+List+65.png

Only five days into the month of April, and weather history is already being made.

The month has notched a top-five position on the snowiest April list.

Snowfall records have been kept in the Hartford area since 1905, and only four other Aprils have seen more snow.

So far, 6.9 inches of snow have been logged at Bradley International, where the measurements are currently taken.

The snowiest April occurred in 1982 when 14.3 inches of snow fell.

If the snow wasn't enough, multiple opportunities for record low temperatures exist in the forecast.

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<![CDATA[Record Cold Possible Tonight]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:50:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Almanac+HFD+Record1.png

High pressure will sponsor dry weather through tomorrow, but unsettled weather makes a quick return Thursday.

Clear skies, calm winds and fresh snow pack will provide an opportunity for record cold tonight.

The forecast low temperature in the Hartford area tonight is 17, which would tie the record set back in 1982.

It will be tougher to tie the record along the shoreline, as the forecast calls for a low of 21 while the record is 19.

Tomorrow afternoon should be a tad warmer than today with highs in the lower 40s as skies start out mostly sunny but turn cloudy in the afternoon.

An area of low pressure rides west of the region on Thursday.

Showers will begin Thursday morning and turn into a steady rain by afternoon. Thunder is possible. Temperatures will rise into the middle 50s.

A lingering rain shower is possible Friday, but more importantly, Friday serves as a transition day.

The weekend will be exceptionally cold for the time of year.

High temperatures only be in the upper 40s Saturday and lower 40s Sunday.

A few flurries are possible Saturday as a storm misses out to sea.

Sunday should be the brighter of the two days with mostly sunny skies.

Early next week looks unsettled with moderating temperatures.

Showers are in the forecast on Monday and Tuesday, and highs will return to the 60s on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Brief Reprieve from Unsettled Weather]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 13:08:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/LeadImage.png

Sunshine returns tomorrow and while it will last into Wednesday, the weather pattern remains very active heading into the second weekend of April.

Even though it will be sunny tomorrow, high temperatures will only manage to climb into the 30s.

Wednesday should be a tad warmer with highs in the 40s as skies remain mostly sunny.

An area of low pressure rides west of the region on Thursday.

Showers will begin Thursday morning and turn into a steady rain by afternoon. Temperatures will rise well into the 50s.

A lingering shower is possible Friday, but more importantly, Friday serves as a transition day.

The weekend will be exceptionally cold for the time of year.

High temperatures will struggle to 40 degrees both days.

With a cold pool of air aloft, it will be hard to achieve anything brighter than a mix of sunshine and clouds.

First Alert forecasters are also watching for the potential for some snow.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Snow Snarls Evening Commute]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:51:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wallingford+snowy+traffic.jpg

Heavy snow is falling across northern Connecticut, while an icy mix is falling in southern Connecticut.

Traffic was at a near crawl in places like I-91 North in Wallingford, where an accident took down a light pole near exit 15.

Crashes have been reported statewide.  A crash by exit 16 on I-84 West in Middlebury caused heavy delays all the way back Waterbury.  The crash was cleared, but the backup continued, according to state police.

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State police urged drivers to take precautions as they head out on the roads Monday evening.

The snow will come to an end between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. from west to east.

Up to a half foot of snow is possible in northeast Connecticut by the time all is said and done.

Other parts of inland Connecticut should end up with several fresh inches of snow, on top of what fell this morning.

Any water and slush will freeze up tonight and make for slippery travel through tomorrow morning, even though the snow is ending this evening.

For more on the rest of the week's weather, click here.



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<![CDATA[April Snow Rare but Not Unheard Of]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:20:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Almanac+BDL+Rare+Occurrence+2.png

It has snowed many times in April over the last 112 years, but snow this late in the season is considered rare.

First Alert meteorologists dug through the records and calculated some interesting stats regarding late-season snowfall.

For the purposes of these fun facts, "late season" means on or after April 1.

Late-season measurable snow has been recorded 104 times since 1905.

Measurable snow is any amount at or above a tenth of an inch.

Of those 104 occurrences of late-season snow, 43 were one inch or more.

The most recent late-season bout of measurable snow occurred two years ago, back on April 16, 2014.

Other recent years with measurable snow after April 1 include 2011 and 2006.

The most recent late-season inch or more of snow fell in 2011, with 2006 also making the list.

While it can snow in May, that hasn't happened since 1977 – when almost a foot of snow fell in the northwest hills.

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<![CDATA[Snow Ending, Wind to Cause More Power Outages]]> Sun, 03 Apr 2016 13:35:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bolton+snow+red+barn.jpg

Several inches of snow have fallen across the state and the number of power outages is expected to climb as winds gust over 50 mph.

A high wind warning has been issued for all of Connecticut today.

The snow is winding down and will be done by 8 a.m.

Wind gusts will be strongest in higher terrain and in southeastern Connecticut.

Nine thousand outages are being reported as of 1:30 p.m.

High temperatures will be stuck in the 30s with wind chills in the teens.

Tonight, temperatures fall back into the 20s in advance of another storm.

As a result, a freeze watch has been issued for southern Connecticut where the growing season has officially begun.

Snow will begin during the morning commute tomorrow and last through much of the daylight hours.

It's very difficult for snow to accumulate during the day in April, but with enough intensity, it can start to add up. This is especially true on unpaved surfaces.

While no accumulation is likely on the shoreline, a few inches are possible inland, with the bulls-eye being the higher elevations.

High temperatures will be near freezing inland but closer to 40 degrees along the shore, hence why no snow accumulation is expected by the water.

Roads will likely just be slushy much of the day across inland Connecticut.

Tuesday turns out dry with highs once again stuck in the 30s for most.

Mostly sunny skies stick around Wednesday, when high temperatures will be back in the 40s, finally.

Unsettled weather returns by Thursday, but by then, it will be rain and not snow with temperatures in the 50s.



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<![CDATA[See It Share It: Spring Has Sprung]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:06:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Ed2aa.JPG Vibrant spring flowers are blooming all across Connecticut.

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<![CDATA[Spot the International Space Station Tonight]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:01:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Special+ISS%281%29.png

The International Space Station will pass over Connecticut for three minutes this evening.

Weather conditions should permit viewing the station, though there will be thin, high clouds overhead.

The clouds will be at about 17,000 feet above ground, but they should be thin enough to see through.

The small, fast-moving bright light will appear just above the southwest horizon and quickly rise to a max height of 76 degrees.

The appearance will last three minutes, from 8:56 p.m. to 8:59 p.m.

It will disappear high in the southern sky.

Most sightings of the ISS are lower in the sky, so tonight, be prepared to look very high in the sky.

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<![CDATA[Gusty Winds Tomorrow Precede Wet Friday]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:54:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+CT%284%291.png

The transition from March to April looks to be quite an active stretch of weather.

Wind will be the big story tomorrow.

Gusts will be over 40 mph with some breaks of sunshine, especially early.

It will be warm for the time of year, with temperatures soaring into at least the upper 60s.

Clouds will increase, however, and overcast sky conditions are expected by evening.

Showers arrive tomorrow night and last through the day Friday.

It won't rain the whole time on Friday, but it will be gloomy and wet. Temperatures should once again rise into the middle 60s.

The weekend forecast resembles winter more than it does April.

While temperatures will peak in the 50s on Saturday, there will be an abundance of clouds.

A rain shower is possible Saturday, but the more impactful weather holds off until Saturday night.

That's when an Arctic cold front will sweep through the state and bring gusty winds, rain showers and snow squalls.

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Wind gusts could surpass 50 mph Sunday morning, which would result in isolated damage across the state.

Tree limbs would come down and power would be knocked out in spots.

High temperatures will be stuck in the 30s with wind chills in the 20s!

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Early next week, there will be a short reprieve from the disruptive weather on Monday.

That's when it will be dry with a blend of clouds and sunshine. It will be cold with highs in the upper 30s. A p.m. rain or snow shower is possible.

Tuesday brings a threat for rain or snow, but that's all it is right now. Nothing set in stone. Just something to watch.


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<![CDATA[See It Share It: Spring Photos]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:15:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/CrocusThumb.png

Spring is here, and vibrant flowers are finally blooming!

NBC Connecticut wants to see your best spring photos.

Whether it's a bright daffodil at Hubbard Park or a tulip in a front yard, send the most colorful shots.

They could very well be used on-air or online in a photo gallery.

Email photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com or click here to submit online.

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<![CDATA[Cold Night Ahead]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:07:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Twitter+Movie2.png

A cold night is ahead as temperatures will plunge into the 20s under a clear sky.

Eventually it will turn out quite nice tomorrow, with abundant sunshine and temperatures in the middle 50s.

Clouds increase on Thursday, it will become gusty, and showers arrive at night. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

Friday's a dreary day with temperatures in the middle 60s with periods of rain.

An early look at the weekend shows the arrival of colder, unsettled weather.

Saturday will see more clouds than sunshine, as a few rain or snow showers move through later in the day.

An Arctic front will make for nasty conditions Saturday night. Howling winds, plunging temperatures and snow squalls can be expected.

Scattered flurries are possible Sunday, with highs stuck in the upper 30s and a whipping wind. Click here to learn more about what's being dubbed "winter's last gasp."

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<![CDATA[Winter's Last Gasp This Weekend]]> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:07:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+512.png

Temperatures will plunge well below average this weekend as April arrives.

The average high is 55 degrees and the average low is 34 degrees in the Hartford area.

Actual high temperatures will likely be stuck in the 30s on Sunday.

That would be at least 15 degrees below average, something not seen very often this past winter.

A reinforcing push of cold air may keep temperatures well below average Monday and Tuesday.

Low temperatures could slip into the teens on Monday and/or Tuesday mornings, especially in the northwest hills.

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<![CDATA[Wind Gusts Could Cause Isolated Outages Tonight]]> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:38:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Wind+Gust+CT7.png

The steady rain has ended, though a few more showers are possible this evening before gusty winds become the story overnight.

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Wind gusts will hit 40 mph across much of the state after midnight, perhaps hitting 45 mph in the higher terrain.

A wind advisory is posted statewide through tomorrow evening.

The wind may take down small tree limbs and cause flickering lights or even isolated power outages.

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Abundant sunshine is the call for tomorrow, with strong wind gusts. Wind gusts will be over 40 mph during the commute to work and school in the morning.

The good news is the wind will diminish through the day, though it will be a slow process.

High pressure builds into the region for midweek and the weather will be delightful.

Sunshine will dominate on Wednesday, when high temperatures will be in the 50s with little wind at all.

It turns breezy and warmer on Thursday as a warm front approaches the southwest. Temperatures will soar into the 60s with a murky look to the sky as warmer air surges northward.

Showers arrive later on Thursday and continue on-and-off through midday Friday.

It looks like it will still be warm Friday morning, in the 60s, before temperatures tumble throughout the day behind a potent cold front.

An early glance at the upcoming weekend shows much colder air, a blend of clouds and sunshine, and the potential for snow showers.

For more on the weekend, click here.


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<![CDATA[Dry, Seasonable Easter Weekend]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:20:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Special+Easter+Sunday.png

Clearing skies will set in tonight as temperatures fall back into the 30s.

Easter Weekend looks delightful.

Saturday will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the lower 50s.

Easter Sunday may start with clouds for the sunrise services, but they burn off to lots of sunshine. High clouds will increase in the afternoon with highs temperatures in the middle 50s inland.

The nice weather doesn't last beyond the weekend, though. Another storm brings rain on Monday, with highs near 50.

Behind the storm on Tuesday, the wind will be breezy though it will be mostly sunny. Temperatures will be in the 50s.

High pressure on Wednesday sponsors lots of sunshine, with highs in the middle 50s.

Clouds increase Thursday and a shower is possible late. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

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<![CDATA[New Research Links Radar Data to Tornado Intensity]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:02:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TornadoCover1.png

Meteorology is an inexact science – so few things in the field are 100 percent certain – though advances in Doppler radar have allowed for some important certainties.

As severe weather season is fast approaching, it's a good time to review some of the latest severe weather research.

For Starters: The Tornado Debris Signature

One certainty is known as the tornado debris signature, or TDS.

When identified properly on Doppler radar, the TDS is confirmation that a tornado has touched down. It may not still be on the ground at the time of TDS identification, but a tornado has definitely touched down.

Thunderstorms cause many types of severe weather, including hail, flash flooding, damaging wind and tornadoes.

The damaging wind can either be straight-line wind, which surges downward from a thunderstorm, or wind that moves in a circular pattern in a tornado.

Therefore, only wind from a tornado is capable of lofting debris several thousand feet into the air.

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Dual-polarization Doppler radar can identify when it's not seeing just rain, but rather a mix of rain and debris.

This is a relatively new way of confirming tornadoes, only becoming operational across the majority of the country in 2012.

Before moving ahead, it's important to note that the majority of tornadoes do not have a tornado debris signature associated with them.

Thus, the major benefits of the research outlined below only work in the select cases when a TDS is present.

So, what's new?

Researchers at the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi have found a strong correlation between the height of tornado debris signatures and the approximate strength of tornadoes.

Tornadoes are classified as weak (EF0 and EF1), strong (EF2 and EF3) or violent (EF4 and EF5).

Many studies have at least noted the potential for a relationship between TDS height and tornado strength, including Schultz et al. in 2012 and Bodine et al. in 2013.

Most recently in 2015, Chad Entremont and Daniel Lamb analyzed every TDS starting back in 2010, when dual polarization upgrades on the U.S. radar network started.

They used 181 TDS cases in which the height of the TDS was clearly identifiable.

The results were revealing.

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Supercells, which are discrete and easy to pick out on radar, showed a better correlation than quasi-linear convective systems (QLCS), such as a squall lines.

Almost all weak tornadoes, defined as either EF0 or EF1 strength, had TDS heights below 10,000 feet.

For supercell tornadoes of EF2 or EF3 strength, the TDS heights were mostly between 10,000 feet and 20,000 feet.

The majority of violent (EF4 or EF5) supercell tornadoes had a TDS height over 20,000 feet.

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For a QLCS, such as a squall line, the TDS height did increase with tornado intensity, though the signal wasn't as clear because there was plenty of overlap.

What does this mean for Connecticut residents?

Meteorologists who are experienced at interpreting dual-polarization radar data can provide lifesaving information faster than ever before.

It is critically important that a meteorologist reviewing radar data knows how to properly identify a TDS, or else all bets are off.

Once a TDS is identified, confirmation of a tornado can be broadcast in real-time. No human is needed in order to make the initial confirmation.

With that said, the goal is always to warn before a TDS is observed – since by definition, a TDS means a tornado has already touched down and caused damage.

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However, in some cases before dual-polarization, a tornado couldn't be confirmed under hours after dissipation.

Once a TDS is determined, a meteorologist can analyze the multitude of radar scans that flow in every few minutes.

With the height of the TDS determined, an approximate estimate of tornado strength can be broadcast in real-time.

The strength estimate will always be approximate until the traditional storm survey is done on the ground by the local National Weather Service office.

The real-time value lies in characterizing a tornado as potentially weak, strong or violent.

This estimate of strength provides guidance to those that need to respond to the emergency at hand.

Though people in the path of a possible tornado should always take shelter, regardless of how strong it may be, the ability to emphasize that a tornado may be strong or violent may further push people to take action.

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<![CDATA[Rain, Thunder Tomorrow Precedes Delightful Easter Weekend]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:50:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+CT%283%291.png

Clouds will increase tonight ahead of showers that arrive early tomorrow.

Low temperatures will be in the middle 40s.

Rain will make for a wet commute tomorrow morning, and it will fall heavy at times. A thunderstorm is possible in the afternoon before partial clearing late.

It will be warmer tomorrow with highs in the middle 60s.

Easter Weekend looks delightful.

Saturday will be sunny with temperatures in the lower 50s.

Easter Sunday also looks very bright, with mostly sunshine skies, and highs in the upper 50s.

The nice weather doesn't last beyond the weekend, though. Another storm brings rain on Monday, with highs near 50s.

Behind the storm on Tuesday, the wind will be gusty and clouds will mix with sunshine. Temperatures will struggle to hit 50 degrees.

High pressure returns Wednesday and sponsors unlimited sunshine, with highs in the lower 50s.

It looks like the sunshine will stick around Thursday with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s.

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<![CDATA[Much Cooler Tomorrow, Beautiful Easter Weekend]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:03:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+38.png

A cold front is slipping to the south this evening, ushering in much cooler air.

There can be a shower or two tonight and another passing shower tomorrow, but the big story will be the temperatures.

Highs will be stuck in the 40s tomorrow, perhaps even upper 30s in the northeast hills!

The cloudy sky won't make it feel any better than what the thermometer reads.

Come Friday, the front lifts back north of the state, pulling the warmer air north. Some morning rain is possible though partial clearing will set in late with highs in the 60s.

Easter Weekend looks amazing.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with highs in the middle 50s.

Easter Sunday will be sunny with highs near 60.

It looks like the dry, mild weather is pegged squarely on the weekend.

Another rain storm is on the maps for Monday, with temperatures in the 50s.

The early call for Tuesday is dry with a mix of sun and clouds. In the wake of the Monday storm, it will be windy.

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<![CDATA[Spring Snow Totals]]> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 10:30:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/matt+from+waterbury.jpg

It might be spring, but the wintry weather did not follow the calendar.

Snow totals are not yet available for all counties, but check the town closest to you. If your town is missing, comment below the story and let us know how much snow you have.

Fairfield County:

  • Bridgeport: 2 inches
  • Danbury: 2.5 inches
  • Fairfield: 3.1 inches
  • New Canaan: 2.9 inches
  • Norwalk: 2.2 inches as of 5:45 a.m.
  • Wilton: 2 inches as of 3:45 a.m.

Hartford County:

  • Bristol: 3 inches as of 8:20 a.m.
  • Burlington: 3.5 inches as of 6:35 a.m.
  • East Farmington Heights: 3.4 inches as of 6:12 a.m.
  • Enfield: 2.6 inch as of 9:25 a.m.
  • Manchester: 4.5 inches as of 5:33 a.m.
  • Newington: 4 inches as of 9:30 a.m.
  • Wethersfiled: 2 inches as of 9:22 a.m.
  • Windsor Locks: 2.5 inches as of 8 a.m. 

Litchfield County:

  • New Hartford: 2.5 inches as of 7 a.m.

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Middlesex County:

  • Haddam: 1.5 inches as of 7 a.m.
  • Old Saybrook: 1.5 inches as of 7 a.m.

New Haven County:

  • Beacon Falls: 2 inches
  • Hamden: 4.8 inches
  • Meriden: 1.3 inches as of 7 a.m.
  • Milford: 2.8 inches
  • New Haven: 4.2 inches as of 9 a.m.
  • Southbury: 2 inches

New London County:

  • Colchester: 3 inches as of 7 a.m.
  • Groton: 1.5 inches as of 7 a.m.
  • Ledyard Center: 5 inches, as of 8:15 a.m.
  • Norwich: 2.5 inches as of 7 a.m.
  • Stonington: 3 inches as of 8:45 a.m.

Tolland County

  • Columbia: 3.5 inches as of 7:35 a.m.
  • Coventry: 5.5 inches as of 8:01 a.m.
  • Somers: 4.2 inches as of 5:53 a.m.
  • Stafford Springs: 5.9 inches as of 7:34 a.m.
  • Staffordville: 4 inches as of 5:02 a.m.
  • Storrs: 4 inches as of 8:55 a.m.
  • Tolland: 6.5 inches as of 8:51 a.m.
  • Vernon: 6 inches as of 8:30 a.m.

Windham County

  • East Killingly: 2.7 inches as of 7:09 a.m.
  • Hampton: 2 inches as of 8:25 a.m.
  • Pomfret: 2.2 inches as of 7:35 a.m.
  • Woodstock: 3.7 inches as of 8:05 a.m.



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<![CDATA[It Was a Slow Commute on a Snowy Monday]]> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:03:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tractor+Trailer+crash+on+I84+in+Tolland.JPG

It was a slow commute for people who needed to drive on snow-covered roads on Monday morning.

There were several crashes, including a couple of tractor-trailer crashes on both sides of Interstate 84 in Tolland.

One truck that crashed was carrying frozen meat and the state Department of Consumer Protection was called to respond to the scene.

There were also delays on Interstate 95 South from Fairfield into Westport after the brakes of a tractor-trailer carrying potatoes caught fire.

The delays were back to exit 25 at the Bridgeport line. Officials from consumer protection were called out to this scene as well.

Metro-North urged commuters to allow for additional travel time and use caution when entering and exiting trains and on platforms and staircases.

Follow Heidi Voight on Twitter for updates. 
 



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<![CDATA[Clouds Exiting, Bright Afternoon Ahead]]> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:06:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Skycam+No+Live+Bug%281%29.png

The snow has ended across the state and now lots of sunshine is visible statewide. Most of the state saw between two and six inches of fluffy, sticky snow.

Nearly 300 schools and districts, including UConn, made the decision to delay or close schools on Monday as spring snow covered roads in snow.

A pop-up rain shower is possible this afternoon, otherwise it will be bright and windy. Highs will be in the 40s, so melting will occur.

Lots of sunshine will make for a great Tuesday as high pressure builds in. Highs will be well into the 40s.

A few showers come through on Wednesday, but it's a trade-off as temperatures will rise into the upper 50s.

An abundance of clouds sticks around for Thursday, with another chance for showers. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

The warmer than average weather lasts into Friday before a cold front brings showers and a change in temperature in time for the weekend. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

Uncertainty does exist regarding a back-door cold front late week. Should it slip into Connecticut, temperatures would be 10 or 20 degrees lower than the current projection of 60 degrees.

The early call for the weekend is dry, at least to start, though there are conflicting solutions as to where a rain storm will be on Easter Sunday. Highs will be in the 50s.

See the snow totals here and let us know how much you have. 


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<![CDATA[UConn Delays Start of Classes Monday Morning]]> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:50:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snow+at+UConn+1200.jpg

UConn has announced it will delay classes until noon on Monday due to the impending weather.

Classes at all campuses are delayed, according to a message posted on the school's website.

Snow is expected to cause travel troubles on Monday morning, especially in eastern Connecticut. The storm is expected to wind down by late morning on Monday.

All essential employees should report as scheduled.  Non-essential workers should report at noon, according to the message.

See a full list of closings and delays here.

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<![CDATA[Winter Is Not Over, Forecast Reminds]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:19:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Generic+Shovels+in+Store.jpg

The threat of snow on Sunday reminds Connecticut that winter's not over yet.

"It's New England!," Curt Heinz declared as he steered a shopping cart full of lawn helper across a parking lot. "I hope my grandson will put it down tomorrow. He's coming in and I want to put him to work to make some money."

What happens if it snows on top of it?

"Well, I don't know. I don't think it'll hurt it," he said.

Sharon Lafargue is not sure now is the time to be loading bags of garden soil into her car if snow is on the way.

"I'm not too thrilled about that. I'm done shoveling for the year so I'm not really all that happy. I'm ready for the spring!" she said.

Cheryl Crickmore said, "It'll work out. We've had a great winter so I'm not complaining at all - very thankful."

Thankful too is the state department of transportation, if not the DOT plow drivers who haven't had near the overtime pay they had battling last winter's endless snowstorms.

"We set aside about $38 million for this winter season, so as it stands right now we've spent about $20 million of that," state Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Nursick said. "We've got plenty of material so salt, liquid magnesium chloride, spare parts, fuel, et cetera we've got plenty of that."

He says the DOT plans for handling snow not just until the end of winter, but until the middle of April.



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<![CDATA[Spring Snowstorm Could Make for Messy Commute]]> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 22:45:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snowwwwwwww.jpg

An overnight spring snowstorm could make for a messy Monday morning commute, and is already causing some schools to delay opening.

A winter storm warning has been issued for New London County as a coast storm moves towards Connecticut.

Light snow began Sunday evening and is expected to end end during the Monday morning commute. The precipitation could start as a chilly rain.

NBC Connecticut First Alert meteorologists are predicting 1-3" of accumulation for the 1-91 corridor and 3-6" for New London County. Western Connecticut will see little or no snow.

At least moderate intensity will be needed to cover the roads. That's most likely in eastern Connecticut. Another concern is a slight risk of tree/power line problems in extreme eastern or southeastern portions of the state if snow is sticky enough to cling to them in a few cases.

Eversource CT said Sunday night that crews have already been deployed to areas that are expected to be hardest hit.

UConn has announced delayed openings at all of its campuses on Monday and Stonington Public Schools have also issued a delay. More delays and cancellations are expected. You can see a full list here.

Eastern Massachusetts could end up with more than a half foot of snow, closer to the storm.

The snow ends by Monday morning, then partial clearing will take over with highs only in the middle 40s. It will be windy.
Through early week, the weather remains cool before a warm-up later in the week.

Tuesday will be a bright day with lots of sunshine, though clouds will increase late in the day.

A warm front lifts north over the region Wednesday, bringing clouds and rain showers. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

Connecticut should be in the so-called warm sector come Thursday, with highs in the upper 60s away from Long Island Sound and a blend of clouds and sunshine.

Friday remains warm, in the upper 60s inland but middle 50s along the shoreline, as showers approach from the west.
 

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<![CDATA[Weekend Nor'easter Growing Likely]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 06:58:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/252*120/Screen+Shot+2016-03-18+at+1.46.30+AM.png

First Alert forecasters are concerned about a weekend Nor'easter.

A cold front comes through today, yielding mostly cloudy skies and rain showers. A few snowflakes are possible, especially later in the day as temperatures tumble. 

Highs will only be near 50, a marked change from previous days.

Saturday looks absolutely brilliant. Complete sunshine is expected, though it will be cool – highs only in the lower 40s.

Sunday will be cloudy and dry in the morning as temperature rise into the upper 30s and a major nor'easter will threaten come afternoon.

Three outcomes are possible.

One features a major hit with a mix, one features a major hit with snow and the final possibility would be a glancing blow with little to nothing.

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One of the major hit outcomes is likely – yielding either a mix or snow.

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The unlikely outcome at this point is the out-to-sea track.

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This storm has the potential to deliver 6 to 12 inches in the heaviest band of snow, wherever that sets up.

Ironically, the first day of spring is Sunday!

If you have not yet signed up for school closing and delay alerts, you can do it here.

Stay with the First Alert Weather Team as the storm comes into better focus.



Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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