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4.29 AM Zones: Morning storms depart, warm weather returns

If you were somehow able to sleep through the lightning, thunder and torrential rain this morning; well, more power to you. But for the majority of folks in our region, the strong thunderstorms which moved through the region in the pre-dawn hours were a rude wakeup call. The event was, nevertheless, quite impressive by overnight thunderstorm standards! A frontal boundary near the area helped to enhance lift for storms to develop as the moved through the area.

Even during the overnight hours, occasionally, these fronts can serve as highways for thunderstorms to travel. Elevated instability (slightly aloft in the atmosphere, instead of at the surface as it often is during the daytime) helped to maintain the storms development while favorable shear (50kts) aided in thunderstorm maintenance. All things considered, we were lucky this event didn’t come during the day; the presence of an elevated mixed layer would have nearly guaranteed a significant severe thunderstorm event if surface instability was more prevalent.

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(Tropical Tidbits)

Evening Zones Update: Showers/T-Storms Late, then Variable Weather

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Midday Zones Update: More Warmth Saturday, Cooler Sunday, More Unsettled Early Next Week

Happy Friday! Much warmer weather has returned today and will stick around until Saturday. Then a backdoor cold front will move through region, with a cooler temperatures returning again on Sunday. Another cold front moves through the region with more showers and thunderstorms possible late Monday and into early Tuesday of next week. Get details in latest forecast breakdown below!

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The 18z 4/27 GEFS valid for Thursday morning shows a large -NAO block near Greenland (Tropical Tidbits).

The Return of High Latitude Blocking and Coastal Storms…In May

A big -NAO block in Greenland, a deep 50/50 low, a large +PNA ridge on the West Coast, a deep trough in the East going neutrally tilted in the Mississippi Valley, lots of precipitation streaming up the coast from the Gulf into the area as a deep area of low pressure slowly moves up the coast…

Did we just go back in time to winter? Are we getting another blizzard? Well, not exactly, but the above description certainly sounds like a classic winter storm evolution for the Northeast. And perhaps if this storm were occurring a few months earlier, it would be a major winter storm. But alas, we are moving into May, and the above evolution may lead to a major rain event late next week.

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