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Soak in the sun, before rain and clouds rule the roost

Dave Hayes maintains a daily blog on Facebook (facebook.com/WesternMassWeather), where he produces hyper-local reports, answers questions, and keeps more than 24,000 followers informed and educated about the weather.

Good day to you, residents of the windy hamlets of southeastern Vermont! While all the rain and moisture has been good for long-term drought mitigation, I bet more than one gardener or farmer has been crying uncle recently.

Such cries are slated to continue by the end of this week, and possibly well into next week.

For Wednesday, we should experience westerly winds gusting over 30 mph at times. A trough of lower pressures aloft will move through our region, and while we should see some partly sunny skies, some scattered showers are possible. This is because cooler air aloft will help to destabilize the atmosphere somewhat, allowing for rising air and shower development at times. Highs should reach the low 50s. As the new cooler air works into the region, we will see some locations drop into the low to mid 30s at night and some frost is even possible!

For Thursday, we’ll enjoy the only truly fair weather day of this upcoming week, the way it looks currently. Expect partly sunny skies and highs well into the 50s. Lows will again be in the 30s Thursday night, as clouds increase with time.

Thereafter, we’ve got a plume of deep moisture on the way. Low pressure will be pushing out of the Mississippi Valley and into the Tennessee and Ohio valleys Thursday evening.

As air circulates counterclockwise around northern hemispheric low pressure systems, the southerly floodgates will be opened and moisture will surge northward into Vermont. Showers should break out late Thursday night, and we could have quite a rainstorm here on Friday. Highs are only expected to reach the mid 50s, and it could rain hard at times.

There are signals that this low pressure will slowly meander northeastward towards our region this weekend, and possibly last into early next week.

While trends could change, as of this writing, it appears we are in for periods of showers and mostly cloudy skies from Saturday into the first half of next week with high temperatures generally in the 50s. I can already hear the woodstoves of Windham County clicking as they heat up.

Additionally, there are signs that the rest of the month of May could follow this trend. We shall see. Enjoy your week!

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Originally published in The Commons issue #406 (Wednesday, May 3, 2017).

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