Storms Tonight, More Next Weekend

Soaking Tonight, More This Weekend...

Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

We've been sort of spoiled recently. I mean "spoiled" in the sense that you have some sort of personality flaw that makes you love storms. No, it's not a selling-newspaper thing, I've been this way since I was a kid. I love not only the storms, but the approach of the storms, and I can even tolerate the power-outage/damage-restoration stuff that comes in the aftermath. 

It's a New England thing, one of the few (another one that instantly comes to mind for me is the Red Sox) of these I took to easily after my arrival. For example, I never have mastered other New England traits like "frugal" or "angry." But New Englanders love their weather, and I can tell you from a few years of checking site visit stats on this website that I can greatly increase my site visits with talk of impending gales and blizzards.

We've had a fairly heavy run of bad weather recently, with "recently" meaning "the last few years." We had nor'easters, a few tropical storms, a balls-out blizzard, vivid thunnderstorms, a microburst or two, several lengthy power outages and enough coastal storm damage to keep the driftwood market, uhm, afloat. If you were willing to drive a bit, you could have added a tornado to that tally.

However, this summer has been a bummer for a freak like me. We have only had a few thunderstorms, none worth writing about. We haven't had a hint of a hurricane, or even of a tropical storm. Our weather highlight this summer was the temperature topping 90 degrees for 2 straight days. How boring is that?

Here at Cape Cod TODAY, the Weather Desk has ben itching for some storminess. That condition is going to continue for the time being, to the point where a couple of rainstorms is driving this column.

Rainstom #1 shall visit us tonight. It is that blizzard-making cold front from the Dakotas ( I actually was watching the Weather Channel, saw them discussing the blizzard, and realized "Short of a terrorist attack, this right here is the most time I will ever spend thinking about Rapid City"), but we're too warm for any of that White Stuff. No, we'll just et soaking rain and possibly heavy winds. This will be brief-heavy winds that you'd associate with a squall line, as opposed to the 18 hour affairs we get with nor'easters. We could pick up an inch of rain in 6 hours overnight.

It should be heavy enough that the National Weather Service is issuing advisories. Some of ou rai will even be from the former Tropical Storm Karen. The fun should start around 9-10 PM, and it should be sunny by mid-morning at worst on Tuesday.

After that, it's pleasant through X. "X" = the weather we get depending on how a storm off the Carolinas works out." Tuesday through at least Thursday should be sunny and crisp, perfect fall weather. I am doing the New Hampshire foliage tour this week, for instance.

This weekend, a low pressure system will develop off of the coast of North Carolina. It will do one of two things, unless it does something else. Option Numero Uno is that system coming up here rapidly, with us getting a few days of showers as it moves past us. The other one has it moving offshore a bit, maybe becoming a tropical storm, and hitting us with her extreme outer fringes around Sunday. No one anywhere is calling tropical storms for us, just some windy rain. I have my eyes on it, I'll let you know if anything develops.

There is also some tropical action brewing up off Africa. A tropical wave SW of the Cabo Verde is entering into an area where development is favorable. Your guess is as good as mine as to where it is going to go.

Anyhow, make sue you roll up the car windows and get the cat in, because tonight is going to be a drencher. We'll be back with an update of need be.

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