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Florence’s remains to give us last rain of summer

September 18, 2018

After days of unleashing a staggering amount of water in the Carolinas, the remnants of Florence passes through Connecticut Tuesday.

Our rainfall totals won’t be as staggering as the 36 inches that fell over Elizabethtown, N.C.

In fact, the National Weather Service says the Connecticut shoreline could see between a half and an inch of rain before it ends tonight. Northern Connecticut areas like New Milford and Torrington could see between 2 to 3 inches.

“The remnants of Florence will track through the Tri-State Region today and out to sea tonight,” the NWS’s New York office says. “The system will produce periods of heavy rain, along with some embedded thunderstorms. The activity will taper off late this afternoon and evening from northwest to southeast, with some drier air filtering in overnight. Temperatures today will be steamy, with highs in the 70s and 80s along with high humidity.”

The National Hurricane Center says Florence is now a Post-Tropical Cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 25 mph.

By the time it reaches Connecticut wind speeds will be between 5 and 7 mph.

“Winds will veer to the northeast on Wednesday. A subtle backdoor front may spark an isolated sprinkle or shower, but otherwise it will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds. High temperatures arestill expected to be a few degrees above average, despite the relatively cooler airmass,” the NWS says.

Florence’s remains will give us the last measurable rain of the summer; a season that has been exceptionally wet.

With 35.84 inches, Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford has had more than 5 inches of rain above average this year.

The autumnal equinox - the official beginning of fall - arrives at 9:54 p.m. on Saturday.

The weekend is looking fall-like with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s during the day and cool temps in the 50s at night.

The forecast

Today: Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 80. South wind 7 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9 p.m, then a slight chance of showers between 9 and 10 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 65. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 7 to 9 mph.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Northeast wind around 7 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

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