ANOTHER ITEM OFF MY BUCKET LIST...

Tuesday was a fun day for me as I witnessed the impacts of a tropical storm first hand. The winds were impressive but stayed just below the limit that would cause significant damage. It was eerie to hear the persistent howl of the winds which goes on for hours. The weird thing is we had very little rain. The worst of that went to our west along with the center of circulation. In three months in Maine, I've already dealt with a tropical depression and a tropical storm. I'm hoping for the hat trick which of course would be the addition of a hurricane to the list. This year certainly has the potential to make that happen.

In this graphic you can see the rain swath on the western quadrant of the storm sparing me the heavy downpours.

This is Topsail Beach in North Carolina. The storm, a hurricane at that time covered cars in sand...almost looks like a dusting of snow!

Back in my homeland, the good old Midwest I heard rave reviews of how nice the weather was Tuesday. You can thank this upper air pattern and its northerly flow at 500mb for the fabulous conditions. This set-up does not break down until late week so there's more to come.

Summer does look to be alive and well and should return in a noticeable way later in the weekend and next week.. Notice the change in the position of the jet Sunday. That west southwesterly flow will give temperatures and humidity a seasonal boost.

The GFS indicates points to highs like this the next 16 days. Readings near to a bit above normal.

The EURO even tosses a couple 90 degree days in the mix. Perhaps, but I'm not totally sold on that warm just yet.

With the addition of warm humid air chances for rain also are back in the mix, especially Friday night and perhaps on a scattered basis at times Saturday and Sunday. The EURO indicates this for rainfall over the weekend. Lots of dry hours between any raindrops so not a wash-out by any means.

With that, I sign off after removing the experience of a tropical storm off my bucket list. Next storm up! Roll weather...TS

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