A good indicator we are about to launch into a very quiet weather pattern? The snow loving weather weenies have to look for their next storm in the super long range...in this case that's around THANKSGIVING. (A note on that: I've already received several emails and a few Facebook messages asking about "the possible big storm for Thanksgiving." Are you serious? It's 10 days out. The level of weather sensationalism in the wake of Sandy is completely out of hand in my opinion. Any meteorologist who calls for a storm 10-11 days out should be required to put money on it. If they aren't comfortable with that, then they shouldn't talk about it. Ok, rant over :-))
We have a cold front to go through before we get into that very settled pattern, but that's no big deal.
Today: Hey, it's warm out. I don't know if you've noticed. Many towns have popped into the mid 60s under mostly sunny skies. The coastline is a bit cooler, generally in the upper 50s to around 60 F, but that's still a full 10-11 F above average for this time of the year. There is a rouge fog bank drifting along the coastline as well, so a brief window of foggy conditions can't be ruled out Downeast. Generally though it will be pleasant and mild through the afternoon.
Tonight: As a cold front approaches from the west look for rapidly increasing clouds statewide. Most of us will be overcast by midnight and scattered showers will start breaking out around the same time. The shower activity tonight should be on the light side as the actual frontal boundary will still be off to the west. Temperatures stay mild, in the upper 40s to low 50s through the night as we remain in "the warm sector" a bit longer.
Tuesday: The cold front moves through. This front, at one point, was pretty juiced, (If you watched Sunday Night Football from Chicago last night, THAT is the front that will be in Maine on Tuesday) but at this point it looks much weaker. As a result look for moderate shower activity with a few heavier downpours, but nothing crazy. There could be some mixing on the backside of the front over the mountains by the early afternoon with light higher terrain accumulation. The front clears the coast by 3-4 PM so there could be a little late day clearing, but I wouldn't bank on it, especially closer to the coastline.
Once the front totally clears the state on Tuesday night a MONSTER high pressure system builds in. Our jetstream flattens out and pushes north as a result and we get into a super quiet pattern for several days. So quiet that I can lump Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all together neatly. Mostly sunny and cooler with temperatures between 41-47 F.
Then there is the matter of that Thanksgiving storm....
I'm totally kidding, I'm ignoring it for a while.
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