Band (of showers) on the run this afternoon, tearing out of Northern New England. 

And then, just as they crossed over the Merrimack River…*poof* they fizzled. 

Something's afoot here in Southern New England – Massachusetts in particular. Seems to be an invisible force is protecting us from downpours and showers. Well, I should say mostly protecting us. A few have gotten through in the last few days, but they are certainly a weaker version of their former selves.

I'd like to come up with a tidy, blanket theory on why this has been happening over the last couple of months, but I can't. Each situation has been different and unique. And each time there is some major ingredient missing – most notably, upper energy that will sustain these convectively driven storms and showers.

And that's where we'll leave it. Chances are in the coming weeks, we will break the cycle and get the storms to hold together around here.

In the meantime, let's just kick back and enjoy the sunny show. Highs will manage to make the upper 70s and low 80s straight through the early part of the weekend. Weak impulses rotating around and upper low pressure system may trigger a brief, speedy shower on Friday (chance is around 30%), otherwise we're high and dry.

Early word on the weekend: looks OK. I'm not giving it the gold star, but I'm certainly not giving it a bad review either. Few more clouds and a chance of a storm or shower by Sunday afternoon. Highs around 80. Sounds like something we can work with.


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