Technical discussion: A quiet but chilly weekend!


THE remaining WEEKEND OF 2020!

Tonight low temperatures dip down into the upper teens and low 20s. Bundle up if you’re heading out! It may be less windy and clear as a local of high force maintains us in most cases dry heading into Sunday. We nonetheless have a flood warning for areas of our state around the Connecticut and Housatonic River after yesterday’s heavy rain and melting snow. each rivers are expected to upward push above flood stage later this night and the following day in some spots. 

Sunday may be a really cold beginning however excessive temperatures might be slightly hotter than they had been on Saturday- we will get into the upper 30s/ low 40s. Winds could be calm and clouds will build heading into the afternoon.  we will have partly cloudy skies with lows in the 20s heading into Monday. 


As expected, it turned into a wet, warm and windy December 25th across Connecticut!  With 2.12” of rain at Bradley Airport the place the authentic data are maintained for the Hartford area, Christmas 2020 will go down because the wettest one since records have been stored (they go returned to 1905!).  The prior record became 1.39” from 1979.  additionally, temperatures were primarily gentle.  The excessive at Bradley was 63°, just 1° shy of the 12.25 listing from 1964! 

in different places in the state, rainfall totals ranged from 1.5 to 4” …Simsbury hit the jackpot with three.ninety four inches!  all the heavy rain, in tandem with snow soften, led to negative drainage and river flooding.  while smaller rivers have or will fall below flood stage, minor flooding is forecast along the Housatonic and Connecticut Rivers. 

The wind became also a big headline with this storm as gusts often ranged from 50-60 mph.  This ended in around 35,000 vigour outages throughout the state.  The height gust came in from Greenwich, at seventy one mph! 

subsequent WEEK…

A weak disturbance may convey a light-weight/spotty wintry mix late Monday; otherwise, we’ll just see a rise in cloudiness.  It might be breezy, with highs within the lower 40s.

Intensifying low power will circulate into the Canadian Maritimes on Tuesday, this may produce a gusty northwest wind throughout Southern New England.  Temperatures vogue colder (in brief), as they’ll handiest good out within the 30s. via Wednesday afternoon, the air moderates with highs again close forty as excessive drive strikes into the area.

Thursday, as we close out 2020, an additional storm system heads our method, bringing a rise in cloud cowl.  Temperatures will also style slightly milder, as of now we’re forecasting highs in the mid 50s. The system seems to take one more heat track so this capability greater rain. also, with the rain we’re taking a look at a possible for gusty winds. fashions at the moment are forecasting the rain may ultimate longer all through New Years Day. dwell tuned!  

NAMING wintry weather STORMS…

Channel three has had a virtually 50-year legacy of naming wintry weather storms; you may also bear in mind Blizzard Larry, the Blizzard of ’78, the big 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 power outage in Connecticut and Blizzard Charlotte dumped as much as 40” of snow on the state. it all began in 1971 with Channel three and the tourists weather provider.

Why did we come to a decision to identify storms so lengthy in the past? as a result of people effortlessly bear in mind names, notably the ones which have been attached to Connecticut’s largest storms! on occasion, we get criticized for naming wintry weather storms, however by a long way most of our viewers love the tradition and find it fun! We additionally have to meet certain standards for a storm to be named. We should be forecasting as a minimum 6” of snow for many of the state and/or at the least ½” of ice accretion that would occur all the way through an ice storm.

This winter, the theme is pet names, which is an extension of last iciness’s theme. We handiest had 1 named storm final wintry weather, and that became wintry weather Storm Abel. So, we decided to beginning the place we left off. That’s why the primary name on this winter’s record is Bailey, named after a horse.

right here is an inventory of this winter’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 a long way down the list, we’re in for big predicament!!!

a number of years ago, a country wide network determined to identify iciness storms on a countrywide scale. Who can blame anyone from the use of an excellent theory? despite the fact there may be some confusion consequently, we’re pleased with our lifestyle it really is “Connecticut-situated!”


November went into the record books as a warm, wet month! The usual temperature at Bradley overseas Airport become forty six.2 degrees, which is three.8 levels above commonplace. It become a tie for the eighth warmest November on list. one of the big highlights was a 7-day stretch with highs within the 70s, which is a November list for the more suitable Hartford enviornment! earlier than this November, the old list turned into 4 consecutive days with highs within the 70s in 1975 and in 2015. this is quite surprising when you accept as true with legit records date lower back to 1905, 115 years ago!

November become additionally very moist with 5.28” of rain. that’s 1.39” above regular. We simplest had a trace of snow, which is 2.0” under average.


In December, the typical high drops from 45 degrees on the 1st to 35 levels in the thirty first. The regular low is 29 degrees on the first, but it drops to 19 degrees via the thirty first. general snowstorm for December is 7.four”. These records are for the more desirable Hartford enviornment.

The listing excessive for December is 76 degrees. It became set on December 7, 1998. The list low is -18, set on December 30, 1917. The snowiest December on list became in 1945 when there turned into a grand complete of forty five.three” of snow!

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