It’s wet. It’s cold. 

And it’s June?

Consider this.

  1. We had a warm May. 10th warmest in Boston and tied for the 3rd warmest in Worcester
  2. We’ve been dry. Drought has brought us to our knees in the last 3 months.
  3. This is a pattern change. Forget what you know about hot days and beach weather…for now.

So there you have it. Now for the finer points.

We have a rainy setup tonight and tomorrow. In fact, it has the makings for flash flooding – which differs from “plain” flooding you would get from steady/heavy rainfall over the course of 1-2 days. With flash flooding, water comes up “in a flash” and causes flooded intersections, underpasses and T stops. With “plain” flooding, the water comes up slowly.

What’s prompting this? A stalled front in the mid levels of the atmosphere and a trainload of tropical moisture moving along it into New England. This front will hold through tomorrow, waiting for an upper level system to kick it out on Tuesday night.

We’ve been here before. The West Coast calls it June Gloom. We call it Northeast Flow. I’ll submit that ours is a wee bit nastier – thanks to the rain and colder temperatures. In fact, we broke a cold high temperature record today (see right). Question is, when do we get out of it?

We’ll have select sunny days, but as far as beach-worthy sunny days, they’ll be at a premium. Hard to put more than a couple of days together with sun as well. As I’m finding (via emails and Twitter/fb), this is NOT what folks have signed up for to bust a drought. 

But that’s just what we should do with this pattern. Drought-busting rain will soak New England in the next 7-10 days. We’ll have to see if this has legs into the middle of the month. Right now, odds favor yes.



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