Technical dialogue: a large storm arrives in time for Christmas with a damaging wind & flooding concerns!


***A FLOOD WATCH & excessive WIND WARNING are in effect for all of CT, tonight through the following day morning***

Scattered showers can be round this night, then rain turns into regular and heavier after midnight.  Thunderstorms can be possible with arrival of a chilly entrance toward crack of dawn.  on the equal time, the wind intensifies — gusts may reach/exceed 60 mph (most likely up to 70 mph in spots), additionally toward dawn.  frequent energy outages are viable.  Temperatures within the 50s this evening stay steady, then vogue even milder overnight.  We might come inside a couple degrees of record warmness:  if we hit sixty four the next day morning … 12.25.20 will tie for warmest Christmas on list (they date back to 1905).  The height or worst of the storm will come between 4 and 9am.

After a windy, warm and wet delivery to our Christmas/Friday, conditions finally increase. Heavy rain from the morning tapers to scattered showers earlier than ending throughout the afternoon hours.  meanwhile, 2-three inches of rain (in all probability pockets up to 4”) in tandem with snow soften, will raise the knowledge for flooding.  We’re speaking basement flooding, terrible drainage flooding, flash flooding, also along streams/creeks and smaller rivers.  The larger rivers (CT, Housatonic) will see a delay of their upward thrust, seemingly going above flood stage over the weekend.  also, the severe wind from the next day morning starts to lessen later in the day.  at last, temperatures style cooler as the day progresses.  We’ll start out near/above 60, then by way of sundown the mercury drops from the 50s into the 40’s/30s.

THE remaining WEEKEND OF 2020…

For the last weekend of 2020, our weather looks quiet.  We’ll be storm-free, dry, vivid, and seasonably chilly.  Temperatures Saturday will birth out in the decrease 20s, via the afternoon reach only between 30 and 35.  while now not *as* windy, a breeze will make it consider a bit chillier.  Sunday, after a colder starting because of a transparent sky and diminishing wind, temperatures rebound to between 35 and 40 all the way through the afternoon.

next WEEK…

A weak disturbance might convey a spotty wintry mix late Monday. For now, it doesn’t appear to be a huge storm.  earlier than any precipitation arrives on Monday, temperatures should still upward push into the 40s.

Intensifying low pressure will move into the Canadian Maritimes on Tuesday. That should produce a gusty northwest wind across Southern New England… on the same time, the air will additionally flip chillier. Temperatures handiest top out in the 30s Tuesday. with the aid of Wednesday afternoon, the air moderates with highs returned within the 40s. 

Thursday, as we shut out 2020, an extra heat tune storm equipment will perhaps affect CT!  As of now, temperatures vogue lower back into the 50s with rain fitting possible.  

Meteorologist Mark Dixon

NAMING wintry weather STORMS…

Channel 3 has had a nearly 50-yr legacy of naming winter storms; you might also be aware Blizzard Larry, the Blizzard of ’78, the huge ice storm of December 1973 named Felix, Storm Alfred in late October of 2011 and Blizzard Charlotte in 2013. Alfred’s heavy, wet snow led to a checklist vigor outage in Connecticut and Blizzard Charlotte dumped as much as forty” of snow on the state. it all begun in 1971 with Channel 3 and the travelers climate service.

Why did we make a decision to identify storms so lengthy in the past? as a result of people conveniently bear in mind names, peculiarly the ones that have been connected to Connecticut’s biggest storms! once in a while, we get criticized for naming wintry weather storms, however with the aid of some distance most of our viewers love the way of life and find it enjoyable! We also have to meet certain criteria for a storm to be named. We should be forecasting at the least 6” of snow for many of the state and/or at the least ½” of ice accretion that would occur throughout an ice storm.

This wintry weather, the theme is pet names, which is an extension of final iciness’s theme. We simplest had 1 named storm ultimate wintry weather, and that was iciness Storm Abel. So, we decided to beginning the place we left off. That’s why the first identify on this wintry weather’s checklist is Bailey, named after a horse.

here is an inventory of this iciness’s names: Bailey (horse), Cooper (dog), Digger (hedgehog), Echo (Iguana), Finnegan (goat), Gertie (goose), Hobbes (dog), Izzy (cat), Jabba (dog), Kiana (dog), Luna (pig), Maverick (dog), Nellie (dog), Ozzy (horse), Peepers (bird), Queue (dog), Roscoe (dog), Shay (dog), Thor (cat), Uma (cat), Viola (dog), Willow (dog & bunny), Xanthe (dog), Yarko (dog), and Zeke (Iguana). If we make it that some distance down the list, we are in for massive concern!!!

a number of years in the past, a national community decided to name wintry weather storms on a national scale. Who can blame anybody from the use of an outstanding idea? however there can be some confusion because of this, we are happy with our way of life it truly is “Connecticut-based!”


November went into the record books as a heat, moist month! The normal temperature at Bradley international Airport changed into forty six.2 levels, which is three.8 levels above ordinary. It become a tie for the 8th warmest November on record. some of the big highlights become a 7-day stretch with highs in the 70s, which is a November record for the more desirable Hartford area! ahead of this November, the outdated list become 4 consecutive days with highs in the 70s in 1975 and in 2015. it truly is somewhat magnificent for those who agree with official information date returned to 1905, one hundred fifteen years ago!

November changed into additionally very wet with 5.28” of rain. that is 1.39” above ordinary. We best had a hint of snow, which is 2.0” beneath general.


In December, the standard high drops from forty five degrees on the first to 35 degrees in the thirty first. The regular low is 29 levels on the first, however it drops to 19 levels through the 31st. regular snow fall for December is 7.four”. These information are for the superior Hartford area.

The listing high for December is 76 levels. It become set on December 7, 1998. The record low is -18, set on December 30, 1917. The snowiest December on checklist became in 1945 when there became a grand complete of 45.three” of snow!

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