Friday Morning Weather Blog
A strong cold front moved through the state Thursday evening bringing with it strong winds, lightning, and even pea sized hail!
Winds in the Hartford area gusted to 50 mph officially at Bradley Int'l Airport.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday will all be mostly fair, breezy at times and seasonably cold. Enjoy the peace and quiet.
We're keeping an eye on potential early December shenanigans are possible and there is some interesting model data pointing to next Monday, Wednesday, and maybe Friday! As of now, the forecast looks like these will be rain events but if the temperatures set up a little differently, there could be some wintry weather mixing in.
Monday looks dynamic and WARM! Periods of rain, a gusty south wind, and temps in the lower 60s. We get a break on Tuesday, but more storminess is forecasted to come into the region Wednesday. The still below is for Wednesday evening. Rain and snow are very possible, but things can change.
The Climate Prediction Center has issued their 8-14 day forecast and it looks mild. 2 weeks out puts us on the cusp of Christmas.
Hurricane Season Wrap Up
November 30 marks the official end of the hurricane season in the Atlantic. 2021, like last year, turned out to be an above average season. The average number of named storms increased to 14 and the average number of hurricanes increased from 6 to 7 after an update released by NOAA earlier this year. Even with the updates, 2021 still overperformed.
This year we had 21 named storms. That exhausted the original list issued by the World Meteorological Society. We did not go to the supplemental list of names during the normal season.
When tropical storm Ana gained its name in late May, that extended the streak of the Atlantic hurricane season beginning earlier than the June 1 official start date. The last hurricane season that didn't see a named storm until after June was 2014. The "A" storm formed in early July that year. Four storms impacted Connecticut this summer - Elsa, Fred, Ida and Henri. This ended up being one of the top wettest summers (June 1- August 31) on record at Bradley International. The airport recorded over 20 inches of rain during that three month period.
The November 13 Tornado Event
Four tornadoes have been confirmed on Saturday. Two in New Haven County, one in New London County and one in Windham County. The New London County touchdown happened in the Stonington/Pawcatuck area before crossing the state line into Rhode Island. This was the strongest tornado confirmed thus far from Saturday's severe weather event.
The Plainfield (Windham County) touchdown also ended up crossing the state line into Rhode Island. This tornado was on the ground for over 10 minutes, traveling over six miles across two states.
The New Haven County tornadoes - the first in Cheshire and then in Branford - both rated as EF-0 tornadoes.