Showery Sunday, pleasant Memorial Day

6:04 AM, May 26, 2013   |    comments
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Today will be better than Saturday.

Then again, Legally Blonde is better than Legally Blonde's all relative.

The satellite picture this morning reveals a classic looking Nor'easter spinning over the Gulf of Maine. Sure, it's largely rain (some mountain snow mixing in), but that doesn't make it any less impressive from a meteorological standpoint.

The saving grace for Maine has been the amount of dry air working into the center of the system. This "dry slot" (something we talk about a lot during snow storms) has saved most of the state from consistent, heavy rain. Still, there are so many showers around it's impossible to really plan anything outside.

Sunday: It will be mostly cloudy and there will be periods of showers, but it won't be raining the entire day. By the afternoon, as the storm system lifts to the northeast, the shower activity will slowly shift away from southern Maine. This shift may result in a period of dry weather from say Freeport south after 3 PM. There will even be some decent glimpses of sun as the precipitation ends. The rest of the state, unfortunately, will deal with scattered shower activity right up through sunset. High temperatures will remain cool, in the mid 50s.

Tonight: Showers continue over northern and Downeast Maine, but the rest of the state transitions from mostly cloudy to partly cloudy during the overnight hours. By the early morning it will be clear over southern Maine, partly cloudy over central Maine and still cloudy over northern Maine. Low temperatures will bottom out in the low 40s.

Memorial Day: With high pressure building in from the west, look for a pleasant day. There will be some cloud cover still lingering from Bangor northward to Millinocket and Downeast into Eastport, a result of our Nor'easter spinning over Canada...but the majority of the state will end up mostly sunny by mid-day. Look for high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s and a stiff west wind up to 20 MPH. It won't be the PERFECT day, but it will be way better than the weekend.

Tuesday looks mostly sunny and pleasant as high pressure gains control. High temperatures will range from the mid 60s to low 70s.

Some showers return to the forecast on Wednesday as a warm front moves through. There are some indications that we could deal with strong to severe thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon...which is pretty rare for a warm frontal passage (most severe weather comes close to cold fronts). Either way, I'll watch it for you.

Late week still looks mild. As long as we don't get backdoor cold fronted (it's a new verb, don't worry about it), most of the state should hit 80 F by Friday.

Man-Cold update: There's still a decent chance I won't make it. Meanwhile Paula has lost all sympathy. It's a perilous situation.



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