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A turn for the worse

There Bridgeport was, just minding their own business, enjoying a spring weekend with temperatures in the mid 60s on Saturday. Delightful! Well, overnight, a big area of low pressure in the Great Lakes approached, and its friend, Gulfstream Moisture, rushed to meet it. This lead to a much cooler, drizzly day on Sunday, completely turning the weekend on its head. Ultimately, the top forecast went to The Weather Channel, so you can blame them for things getting so nasty as the weekend ended.
Actuals : Saturday – High 64, Low 44
Sunday – .46 inches of rain, High 45, Low 37

Grade A –C

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Things are looking dicey for the Upper Midwest this weekend with a massive late season storm on it’s way into town. Meanwhile, out east, spring is actually on its way.

At 352PM, ET, Bridgeport was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 68 degrees, a luxurious mid April afternoon. A weaker system over New Brunswick tailed a cold front that mergd with a warm front in the Great Lakes, which was tied to a much stronger feature. All this meant southerly flow rushing to low pressure along the boundary, and warm temperatures in the wake. There were some sea breeze clouds in central Connecticut, but Bridgeport was unbothered.
The next strong system is presently in the Great Lakes, and will approach Bridgeport through the weekend. An aggressive, moisture rich southerly flow will arrive in town late on Saturday, and the threat for light showers will linger throughout most of the day on Sunday. These will be a function of the strong southerly flow and moisture, as Bridgeport will continue to lie south of the warm front and still east of the rapidly occluding cold font. Most activity in the area will be as a result of free convection, and should be pretty mild. Temperatures will struggle thanks to the cloud cover and advancing cold front.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, becoming cloudy with drizzle late, High 68, Low 40
Sunday – Scattered showers, High 40, Low 38

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies during the morning hours will give way to occasional showers in the afternoon. High 65, Low 45
Sunday – Cloudy with showers.  High 45, Low 37

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny (late rain)High 69, Low 44
Sunday – Much colder with on-and-off rain and drizzle High 44, Low 39

NWS: Tomorrow – Increasing clouds (late rain) High 64, Low 42
Sunday – Light rain likely. Cloudy,  High 42, Low 35

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny, (rain late) High 63, Low 45
Sunday – Light rain likely, Much colder, High 45, Low 40

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with scattered showers High 62, Low 43
Sunday – Cloudy with light rain, High 40, Low 35

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon and breezy starting in the evening. (late rain) High 68, Low 42
Sunday – Breezy throughout the day and light rain overnight. High 41, Low 36

I wouldn’t be surprised if they can break out on Sunday and our highs are too low, but right now, it looks pretty overcast. Here is the current satellite, with nary a hint of overcast, at least in southwest Connecticut.

Weather Wayback…. Better days

I won’t linger on this verification for too long. We’re looking at the end of August in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which has been raked over the coals in the last few days, getting blasted by back to back nor’Easters dropping snow and brining damaging winds to the region. Back in August, Bridgeport had the kind of weather that keeps people living in Connecticut. Highs were in the mid 70s with sunny skies for two days in a row. Hard to take exception with that. The forecasts were a lot more accurate with the docile weather too, with The WeatherChannel only ending up with 2 degrees of error for the period.

Actuals: Sunday August 27th – High 75, Low 58
Monday – August 28th, High 74, Low 59

Grade: A-B

Bridgeport, Connecticut to Lake Havasu City, Arizona

This trip will cover 2,578 miles over 5 days, from Coast to Desert Southwest. Looks like there’s some weather we’ll have to push through to get there, so let’s get a move on!


Cloudy skies and perhaps a light rain shower greet us as we head west from Bridgeport and eventually past New York City. As a storm system works through the Northeast, we’ll luck out and stay just on the warm side of this system as we head past Allentown and through southern PA. It’ll be a soggy day though as we meander down I-76 and I-70 to Wheeling, WV, where we end our day.


Another storm system is shifting through the Midwest as we head into Ohio to start the day. Once again, we’ll be on the warm side of things so we just have to deal with rain as we head past Columbus on I-70. We’ll be spending all day on I-70, so navigating will be a piece of cake as we eventually pass Indianapolis, and by this time the precip will be behind us. We continue through IL and finish the night in St. Louis.


Conditions go downhill overnight as yet another system shifts into the Central US (man we just can’t catch a break can wek?!). We wake up to rain showers as today we take a tour of I-44 towards Lebanon and Springfield. Rain will continue to plague our trip, first as we head out of St. Louis and a 2nd wave midday as we head through Joplin, with some thunderstorms possibly mixed in there as well. As we head past Tulsa though, we’re in the clear as the system pushes east, and we end our day in Oklahoma City.


Finally! An easy day today just heading west on I-40 as high pressure of sorts settles into the Southern Plains. More of just a period between systems than high pressure really. Easy sailing as we push into Albuquerque for the night.


Another day of all I-40 fun! And another easy day! Calm weather settles over the Desert Southwest and it’ll be a pretty smooth drive through the rest of western NM and AZ to Lake Havasu!

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Given the destruction that’s happening over Texas right now, one would hope that the rest of the country is pretty quiet so meteorologists can just focus on making sure the residents there are up to date on the most current conditions. Let’s take a look if New England going to give them a reprieve to finish out the weekend.

At 852pm EDT, the temperature at Bridgeport, CT was 69 degrees under fair skies. High pressure is camping out over New England tonight, and models don’t have it moving ANYwhere for the next couple of days. It looks to sit over the area until Tuesday before an area of low pressure tries to dislodge it as it moves up from the Carolinas. Before that, however, it’s nothing but quiet weather and lots of sun for New England. Get out and enjoy it everybody!

Sunday: Sunny skies, few afternoon clouds. High 77, Low 59.
Monday: Mostly sunny, few more clouds. High 75, Low 61.

TWC: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 76, Low 57.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 74, Low 59.

AW: Sunday: Mostly sunny and beautiful. High 77, Low 55.
Monday: Periods of clouds and sun. High 74, Low 59.

NWS: Sunday: Sunny. High 77, Low 58.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 75, Low 59.

WB: Sunday: Sunny. High 75, Low 60.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 72, Low 62.

WN: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 77, Low 57.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 75, Low 59.

FIO: Sunday: Partly cloudy overnight. High 74, Low 58.
Monday: Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon. High 77, Low 61.

Its pretty quiet in the New England today, with just some clouds traversing Maine. Looks like it’s going to stay that way for the next couple of days at least.

Lake Charles, Louisiana to Bridgeport, Connecticut

How about a road trip? It’s been a pretty quiet week of forecasting, and our previous road trip only covered about 4 hours. Let’s go for 3 full days and cover 1558 miles (about) at a pace of 65.8mph, which equates to 526 miles of travel a day. Things are clearing out across the country. Let’s enjoy the ride.

DAY ONE (Friday)
Lake Charles
It’s not terribly often we get to say this this time of year, but the drive through the deep South looks pretty good on Friday. Temperatures won’t even be terribly warm either, with a Canadian ridge of high pressure diving southeast through the Ohio Valley. Sure, it’s going to be plenty warm, and rather humid, but it could be so much worse this time of year. We won’t really even get too far out of the south by the time we call it a day in Birmingham.

DAY TWO (Saturday)
Low pressure will move off the coast by the time we set forth on our journey on Saturday. Expect some haze in the valleys as we head through the Smokeys and southern Appalachians, but otherwise, we will remain unfettered by the threat for unpleasant weather. At the back end of this upper level area of low pressure, we will be subject to a wash from the Atlantic that will lead to some mountain induced cloudiness, but not any valley rains. The day will end in mostly cloudy conditions in Buchanan, Virginia, which is just past Roanoke.

DAY THREE (Sunday)
There is a surface trough expected to ripple through New England on Sunday. The moisture associated with this feature will be confined to the mountains to the west of town, as well as a little bit more robus through central New England. Officially, Bridgeport is in New England, but they will be too far south to see any wet weather on Sunday. By golly, this is a nice little 3 day weekend drive.

A warm end to the Holiday weekend

It’s Monday afternoon now in Bridgeport, and some people will be working a few days this week. It doesn’t sound tough, but after the spectacular weekend they had after Christmas, it’s going to be difficult to work indoors and away from family. Temperatures were well above normal, with highs in the 50s, and only a bit of rain late Sunday. In the spirit of sharing in the holiday season, The Weather Channel and Weatherbug grabbed top honors, despite some different forecast strategies. (TWC warmer lows, WB hadd the better highs.)
Actuals: Saturday – High 51, Low 33
Sunday – .08, High 53, Low 41

Grade: B

Bridgeport, Connecticut

We find ourselves between systems again. How much further behind is the next round?

At 953PM, ET, Bridgeport was reporting a temperature of 41 degrees with clear skies. High pressure has developed, and is keeping much of the eastern Seaboard clear. Warm temperatures have built up the coast and an unseasonably warm final weekend of 2014 is on the way in Bridgeport.
A weak wave moving through southern Canada will move towards the Maritimes, sweeping a cold front into New England early in the day on Sunday. The boundary will have a lot of cold air behind it, but will be drawing moisture all the way from the Gulf, so heavy precipitation is not expected. A wave riding the base of the upper level trough and the surface boundary will bring a bit heavier rain just as Sunday turns to Monday, but it will be rain, and temperatures will not yet be dropping off with great significance.
Tomorrow – Sunny and warm, High 49, low 35
Sunday – Rain showers possible, particularly in the evening High 50, Low 39

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 49, Low 33
Sunday – Showers, High 48, Low 40

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny; mild in the afternoon High 48, Low 35
Sunday – Mostly cloudy and mild with a touch of rain High 48, Low 39

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 53, Low 32
Sunday – A chance of showers, mainly after 7am. Mostly cloudy High 50, Low 38

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 52, Low 32
Sunday – Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. High 50, Low 38

WN: tomorrow – Mostly Sunny, High 54, Low 32
Sunday – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 50, Low 39

Satellite right now looks pretty good. At least the rain is holding off until later on Sunday, so everyone can enjoy Saturday.

Close than expected

Precipitation in the northeastern US has been confined to the enormous snow totals seen in the Buffalo area this past week, but one look at Bridgeport‘s temperatures tells you that something else was going on in the area. A warm front lifted through the region overnight into Thursday morning, as highs jumped by 10 degrees. That boundary carried with it the scantest trace of a flurry shortly after midnight. Nobody mentioned it, and nobody really appreciated how warm Bridgeport would be later in the afternoon.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 36, Low 23
Thursday – Trace of precip, High 47, Low 32

Grade: C

Bridgeport, Connecticut

The lake effect machine is in full force over NY. Luckily, Bridgeport is nowhere near these snow bands, so hopefully they have some nice weather as we head into the latter half of the week!

At 852pm EST, the temperature at Bridgeport, CT was 27 degrees under fair skies. A ridge of high pressure is pushing into Southern New England, and combined with the heart of the arctic cold shifting through the Great Lakes, temperatures are going to drop nearly into the teens tonight. Chilly! Conditions should be pretty pleasant for tomorrow, albeit still on the chilly side with temps only rebounding into the mid 30s. A weak frontal boundary looks to move through the region during the overnight hours into Thursday. Dry weather is expected with the front’s passage, but with the increased clouds, temps wont be nearly as low Thursday morning. Temps in the mid 40s are expected on Thursday, so the worst of the chill looks to be on the way out!

Wednesday: Sunny, some clouds in afternoon. High 34, Low 20.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 44, Low 30.

TWC: Wednesday: Sunny. High 33, Low 20.
Thursday: Sunny. High 41, Low 29.

AW: Wednesday: Mostly sunny and cold. High 34, Low 22.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and not as cold. High 45, Low 33.

NWS: Wednesday: Increasing clouds. High 34, Low 20.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 43, Low 29.

WB: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 32, Low 19.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 42, Low 28.

WN: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 34, Low 19.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 43, Low 28.

Here we see the relatively quiet weather of CT, and the current lake effect machine roaring over Lake Ontario and Erie. Some places have already clocked in at 40-60″ with still more on the way. Yee-haw!