Yesterday was windy, today is breezy

1:53 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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If it weren't for yesterday, I'd have no problem calling today windy. But since yesterday was REALLY windy, it only seems fair to call today breezy by comparison. (Similar comparison effects: Ari Gold wears "tight" suits, so mine are just "fitted." The Slim Jim guy has "big" hair, so mine is just "voluminous.")

Rest of today: Partly sunny along the coastline, most cloudy in the mountains and breezy everywhere. Winds are still gusting to around 35 MPH and that will continue through the afternoon. These winds are out of the west-northwest which is dragging down cold air from Canada at a rapid rate. Most spots are between 20 and 30 degrees cooler than they were yesterday...still not frigid, but clearly noticeably colder. A few random flurries may make their way into southern and western Maine in the next few hours but it will have minimal impact. (Amazing fact: Those snow flurries are from Lake Effect Snow!The driving west wind is fast enough to keep some of the snow alive as flurries all the way across New York, Vermont and New Hampshire)

Tonight: Partly cloudy and cold. Most of the state drops into the single digits with only the immediate coastline staying in the 10-12 F range. Unfortunately it will remain breezy so look for a pretty nasty wind chill factor during the late evening.

Saturday: Mostly sunny through the first half of the day but look for increasing clouds from west to east through the afternoon in response to a weak low pressure system moving into Vermont. There could even be a few snow showers in the foothills and mountains by the late afternoon, but overall it will be a quiet day. Temperatures will take yet another step backward into the low to mid 20s in most spots.

That weak inland low in Vermont will begin transferring it's energy to a developing coastal low on Saturday night. Since Maine will be caught between the two systems there could be some scattered snow shower activity...nothing more however.

As far as what becomes of that coastal low...

I mentioned yesterday I felt our pattern was too progressive and fast moving to foster a big bomb of a storm backing into Maine. I still feel that way. The transfer of energy between the storms takes place too late and a bit too far east for 90% of the state to get hit. I say 90% because Downeast, just due to the curve of the coast, is likely to get some accumulating snow on Sunday night. For the rest of us: a dusting to 2" along the immediate coastline Sunday night with mostly cloudy and quiet conditions through most of Sunday day time. Could the storm shift west 50 miles and nail us still? Sure, but I'm not concerned.

We snap into a dry, cool and quiet pattern for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with slightly below average temperatures and no big storms.

By the way, you know what two computer models are hinting at for Sunday night?

Drum roll please....A NORLUN trough. #shootmenow #I'mgonnaquitweather

Twitter:@keithcarsonWCSH

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