Storm Threat Diminishes

The threat of severe weather in Connecticut has diminished after heavy rain knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses Tuesday morning.

Scattered showers are possible this evening, along with an isolated thunderstorm, but new data shows storms are not likely to become severe. The limiting factor that is prohibiting widespread severe weather is a lack of sunshine.

More than an inch of rain fell in several areas earlier, including West Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Meriden and Bristol. Heavy rain brought down trees and wires, causing some 3,000 outages. Stratford Town Hall is closed for the day as a result.

Heavy rain caused issues during the morning commute, and several crashes were reported around the state, including one on Interstate 84 westbound in Waterbury.

Today's rainfall will actually be beneficial, since both Bridgeport and Windsor Locks climate sites have a yearly rainfall deficit of more than 4 inches of rain, which works out to be roughly one month’s worth of precipitation.

This storm will take a sizable chunk out of that deficit and help with some of the lawns that are in need of liquid as summer enters its later stage.

Wednesday brings much-improved weather, but the day isn’t completely dry for everyone. There could be a brief, stray shower. Temperatures on Wednesday will be near 80 degrees and the humidity will once again be absent.

Thursday and Friday feature sunshine as a sprawling area of high pressure builds in from the Mid-Atlantic states. The lack of humidity will continue with temperatures in the lower-80s.

An early glance at the weekend shows a decent forecast for outdoor activities. A cold front comes through on Saturday and results in scattered thunderstorms, but it looks like a fairly quick mover and that means Sunday should feature sunshine with temperatures in the mid-80s.

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