3.5.15 #MEwx Western #Maine Settles Into A Quieter Pattern

Chilly Friday On Tap For Western Maine

page (24)While the weather on Friday will be quiet, it will feature rather chilly temperatures, with highs only expected to range between 14 and 23 degrees. It will however feature abundant amounts of sunshine, which will be a nice change, as the past few days most areas have seen mostly cloudy skies. 

Western Maine Weather 5+2 Day Outlook

5+2 Day Outlook March 6-13 2015

5+2 Day Outlook March 6-13 2015

The rest of the Western Maine Weather 5+2 Day Outlook consists of a bit of a warming trend. Saturday will feature partial sunshine, with some flurries possible in the mountains. Highs Saturday will range between 23 and 33 degrees. Sunday will feature even warmer temperatures, although some snow/rain showers will be possible across the area, with a mix of sun and clouds expected. Highs Sunday will range between 28 and 36 degrees. Western Maine Weather will be settling into a quieter ( and a tad warmer) weather pattern into early next week, with moderating temperatures and no major storms in sight.

-Alex Reed (5+2 Day By Mike Haggett)

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#MEwx 3.4.15 – Arctic Air Returns For Late Week; Unsettled Period Ahead

Bitter Cold’s Last Stand?

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Portland’s temperature reached above 40° for the first time since January 19th on Wednesday. The 40s will go back into hiding, but only for a few days. What could be the Arctic’s last deep cold blast of the season arrives on Thursday. Temperatures start out in the 20s & 30s overnight will fall to below zero in the mountains and teens along the coast by nightfall. Gusty northwest winds will help usher in high pressure, and while doing so, guide a storm well to our south out to sea. Sun appears intermittent at times as a weak clipper slides through the mountains southeastward, along with the system to the south may cause clouds along southern areas. Outside of a chance for a snow shower or two, the region stays precipitation free until the weekend.

Weekend Appears Unsettled

Several waves appear to work through the region over the weekend, which may bring partial sun & snow or rain showers along with it. An upper level low appears to sweep through the region on Sunday, and models are having difficulty with agreement.

Option A
12z GGEM Model IDEA for 8 PM Sunday

12z GGEM Model IDEA for 8 PM Sunday

Most guidance is heading in this direction with a few mountain snow showers Sunday, and not much else for the rest of the region. If this model solution verifies, coastal areas see more sun, with the clouds & sun for the foothills, and more clouds than sun for the mountains.

Option B
12z GFS Model IDEA at 2 PM Sunday

12z GFS Model IDEA at 2 PM Sunday

The GFS model run from this morning paints a different picture, however, with weak low pressure bringing more widespread areas of snow /rain showers. This solution would also make for a mostly cloudy day overall. The models are starting to pick up on early spring characteristics. Like late fall, models become quite erratic, and jump around to different ideas. Stay tuned to the forecast for the latest updates.

Western Maine Weather 5+2 Day Outlook

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After the bitter cold start to Saturday, below zero temperatures appear to be done for the season. Temps gradually rise into the weekend and into the middle part of next week. With the amount of water trapped in the heavy snow pack, a gradual, steady melting process is just what the area is looking for. No heavy rain or snow events are in sight for now.

-Mike Haggett

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#MEwx 3.2.15- #Snow Develops Tuesday Evening Over Western #Maine

A Sunny, Crisp Start To Tuesday

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Tuesday starts off mostly clear and bitter cold as an Arctic high pressure takes over the region temporarily. Low pressure advances from the southwest, which brings increasing clouds during the day. Snow showers & flurries are possible late Tuesday afternoon. Widespread snow holds off until mid-evening. Highs for the day range from the upper teens north to near 30° south. Wind picks up out of the south at 10-20 mph.

And Again, Most Snow For Coastal / Eastern Areas

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As the frontal boundary approaches the region, it appears to gain moisture from the ocean, hence why yet again coastal areas get the most snowfall. Certain guidance is indicating as much as 8″ possible in Lincoln County. All in all, a general 1-3″ can be expected for southern & eastern zones, with 3-6″ possible from Freeport to Richmond to Rockland.

Heavier precipitation ends between 4-7 AM Wednesday over the area, with scattered snow showers for the mountains, and spotty rain showers for the coast through mid-morning.

This does appear to be a mostly snow event overall, with just a slight chance for sleet, freezing drizzle, or drizzle at the very end when precipitation tapers off. With temperatures on the rise, coastal areas are likely to see a slushier snow. Further away from the coast, the snow stays drier and easier to shovel.

Wednesday is the first chance in several weeks for areas to reach above freezing, with 40° temps possible for southern coastal areas.

Western Maine Weather 5+2 Day Outlook

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The frontal boundary passing through the region stalls over Southern New England, which brings more clouds for coastal areas Thursday, less for the mountains. High pressure moves in Thursday afternoon and settles over the region Thursday night. Friday offers another bitter start, southwesterly winds pipe in warmer air aloft that may bring a few clouds. A weak cold front moves across south-central Quebec which may bring a few snow showers for the mountains.  Sunday appears to be the pick of the weekend with sunny skies & mild temps. Monday appears to be the next chance for stormy weather.

-Mike Haggett

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Thank you for your support of Western Maine Weather! All of us strive to bring you comprehensive detailed forecasts that you won’t find anywhere else in the region. Your likes & shares on Facebook, as well as re-tweets on Twitter are much appreciated. You may not like the weather, but our goal is that you’ll like the way it is presented to you… straightforward, timely, and honestly without the hype. 

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3.1.15 #MEwx Snow To Start The Work Week In Western #Maine, Another Storm Possible Mid-Week

Snow To Start The Work Week

SnowAccumsMar1Mar2Snow will continue moving into the area this evening. As of 5 PM Sunday, snow was just beginning to edge into Western Maine. Steady snow will continue this evening, and could be moderate at times along the coast. Snow will move out of the area early Monday morning. Most areas can expect a dusting to an inch of snow, with areas along the coastline seeing around 1-2″. A few spots along the midcoast may pick up around 3″. After snow clears out Monday morning, expect some patchy slick roads for the morning commute. Clouds will hang tough through the morning, but by afternoon, most areas (especially southern areas) should be seeing a few breaks of sun. Clouds will hang tough across the mountains. Winds will also pick up out of the north-west, gusting up to 30 MPH at times across the area. This will lead to wind chills in the teens, so bundle up if heading out tomorrow!

Another Storm Possible Mid-Week

StormWedMar3For the last few days we’ve been tracking the potential for another wintry storm system, that may impact the area Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. The actual system itself will track west of the area, which will put Western Maine in the “warm sector” of the storm. However, indications are that much of the precipitation associated with the system will fall as snow across the area, before warmer air works in early Wednesday morning. However, some rain or freezing rain cannot be ruled out at the tale end of the precipitation early Wednesday morning. Current indications are that temperatures Wednesday will be the warmest we have seen in a while across the area, possibly reaching over 40 degrees across southern portions of the area. However, details still need to be ironed out with this system, so stay tuned to Western Maine Weather over the next few days, as we continue to track down and fine tune the details of this next storm system.

Western Maine Weather 5+2 Day Outlook

5+2 Day Outlook Mar 2-9 2015

5+2 Day Outlook Mar 2-9 2015

The rest of the Western Maine Weather 5+2 Day outlook consists of a return to colder conditions Thursday and Friday, with the potential for another warm up over the weekend!

Have a great evening!

-Alex Reed

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 Thank you for your support of Western Maine Weather! All of us strive to bring you comprehensive detailed forecasts that you won’t find anywhere else in the region. Your likes & shares on Facebook, as well as re-tweets on Twitter are much appreciated. You may not like the weather, but our goal is that you’ll like the way it is presented to you… straightforward, timely, and honestly without the hype. 

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#MEwx 3.1.15 – Western Maine Weather 3rd Anniversary Special

Western Maine Weather At Year Three

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Sunset at Tripp Lake, September 2014

With the relentless winter ongoing for the region, it’s been tough to find time to write this post. There are many people to thank, as well as there are new people to formally introduce to you. This has been an exciting year, and a very challenging one in many ways. The region has had it’s share of weather, no question about it. From severe storms, tornadoes, flooding rains, major winter storms, and blizzards, Western Maine Weather was there covering it all. The future is an exciting one as we continue to sharpen our forecast skills and be a reliable source for weather information.

Many Thanks To Many People

As Western Maine Weather grows, there are many people behind the scenes that lend advice & support. I will always be eternally grateful to Charlie Lopresti, Chief Meteorologist at WGME for his help with forecast models to get me

Ryan Breton, Cindy Fitzgibbon, Mike Haggett at WCVB Boston

Ryan Breton, Cindy Fitzgibbon, Mike Haggett at WCVB Boston

started. His mentor ship at the beginning was critical for me to understand forecast models and the output they present.  Christine Ferreira, morning meteorologist at WGAL in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has been my backbone of support and my biggest fan. As grueling as the trend has been, she’s been there to keep me going, and her encouragement helped me dig deeper when necessary. Bernie Rayno, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania has been a great mentor and a good friend. Many folks at AccuWeather, including but not limited to Ed Vallee, Marshall Moss, and Becky Elliot have all been extremely helpful in the support of this venture. Ryan Breton of Atkinson Weather / Penn State has been there since the start, and it’s been amazing to see us both grow in the past few years. We confide in each other a lot, weather related or otherwise. The support family grew this year, thanks to Ryan and his internship at WCVB Boston as that helped open the doors to meeting Windham, Maine native and morning meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon, and helped build a relationship with the dean of New England TV forecasters, Harvey Leonard. Last, but certainly not least, the faculty and parents at Hyde School in Bath, Maine have been a tremendous support for me to reach outside of my comfort zone and step out in faith to take this to a higher level.

Western Maine Weather Grows

Doing this full time all the time along with a full time day job and a family has been major challenge at times. With my oldest daughter a senior in high school and involved in school activities and athletic events, I knew I needed help to continue this. Three new additions have come to the Western Maine Weather forecast team. All of which I found on Twitter, all working hard to gain readership, followers, and website audiences.

Alex Reed

Alex Reed

In early fall, I added Alex Reed, a freshman at Morse High School, to assist. I knew he had the guidance tools and knowledge to cover when needed, and has done that impressively. Alex is an extremely sharp young forecaster for his age. His knowledge of guidance systems and nuances associated with them, as well as his strict attention to detail has made him a solid addition to the team.

Bobby Koenig

In early November, I added Bobby Koenig, a freshman at Gray-New Gloucester. Bobby’s graphical skills are his strength, and has helped Western Maine Weather a great deal in its presentation and website upgrades.  Bobby has worked closely with me as he learns guidance and works diligently on improving his forecast skill. Bobby has helped coordinate us as group, helped organize online meetings, and jumps at the opportunity of challenging projects.

Jack Sillin

At the same time I added Bobby, I also asked Jack Sillin, a freshman at North Yarmouth Academy, to join the team. While Jack did the best he could with the free guidance that was available on the internet, his forecasting ability has grown immeasurably in a short period of time since he has gained access to the best guidance publicly available. Jack’s passion for forecasting just recently earned him a column in the Maine Sunday Telegram, a TV interview with WCSH, as well as an invite to The Weather Channel.

All of these fine young men understand that I have high standards for quality and consistency with our information presented here. They all have demonstrated to me that they are willing to learn. I am extremely proud to work with each of them, and look forward to seeing them grow into future meteorologists in the years to come.

The Future Of Western Maine Weather

With the addition of these fine young gentlemen and the passion they provide, many new features are coming to enhance our product. Bobby has set up the new WMW 5+2 Day Outlook which debuted last night:

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Along with that, new weather icons to display the weather of each day. The “+2″ is designed to give you the reader an IDEA of what the tail end of the forecast period may bring. I have been a staunch supporter of 5-Day only forecasts due to model discrepancies beyond 120 hours out. Understanding folks like to have an idea of what the weather may be like to plan weekend or other activities in advance, I’ve opted to add those extra two days in.

Another feature we’re working on implementing with storms, the 36-Hour Outlook:
36hourfcstIn this product we will simplify our normal in-depth coverage for use on our Facebook page and will be used on Twitter, also. This will post either in the morning or at noon ahead of the storm, and a full expanded update will occur here on WesternMEwx.com later on in the afternoon or early evening.

The website will feature a new look. All of our bio’s are now under the “Who We Are” page. We also have a new Satellite & Radar page with continuous updates, along with an area Webcam page to see current conditions live as they occur. We hope to have more features added in time for severe weather season in late spring. Stay tuned!

A Big Thank You To Our Valued Followers 
Sunrise on Eastern Promenade, Portland, January 2015

Sunrise on Eastern Promenade, Portland, January 2015

In closing, on behalf of all of us here at Western Maine Weather, a big thank you to you, our supporters. Readership of Western Maine Weather has reached near 11,000 page views in January and near 12,000 page views in February. Those that a subscribing via email and other means has neared 1,500. Facebook fans have more than doubled to over 2,500 from last year. All of our Twitter accounts have seen a jump in followers also. If it weren’t for you sharing us with your friends and followers, we wouldn’t be doing this right now. Our goal with every update and on every post is to give you the latest updates and information to the best of our ability, without the media hype and click bait that some news and weather outlets put out. Thanks again, as always, for your support.

The weather continues…

~Mike Haggett

 

 

 

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2-28-15 #MEwx More #Snow And #Wind for Western #Maine

A Nice Start To March

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High pressure will be in control of our weather for tomorrow.  This will allow for a nice start to march. Expect increasing clouds tomorrow as a storm system will be moving our way for tomorrow night. High temperatures tomorrow will be in the 20s. Expect south winds 5-15 mph. Tomorrow night a storm system moves in which will bring us some snow.

More Snow On The Way

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Once again a low pressure system will move off the coast Sunday night. This low pressure system will be moving faster than some of the other ones that we’ve had this season. This will be an all snow event for the area. The computer models are indicating very little precipitation to fall. With that being said our snowfall totals won’t be as high. This low will be out of here by Monday and again, northwest winds are expected will will usher in a little bit of cold air.

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Snowfall totals appear to be relatively light at this point. It looks like <1″ for the mountains and foothills with the coast and inland areas seeing 1-2″. This snow will start to fall Sunday night and will be gone by Monday morning. Some computer models are indicating a pocket of little precipitation in the foothills. This may keep snowfall totals there under an inch.

More Gusty Winds

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Monday northwest winds will take control once again. These northwest winds will be strong during the afternoon. Some places will see wind gust over 40 mph. This will give us a bit of a wind chill. We may see a few peaks of sun Monday, but other than that expect mostly cloudy skies.

Western Maine Weather 5+2 Day Outlook

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We are currently keeping our eyes on a storm that could bring mixing and some rain to the area. It should be out of here by Thursday and temperatures will drop off throughout the day. At this point Friday and Saturday look nice with some more warm air on Saturday.

Announcement

Tonight we debut our new 5+2 Day forecast. It will give you the chance to see farther than 5 days out. Tomorrow will be a big day as we will be releasing some new features on our website. We will also have an anniversary post tomorrow morning for the 3 year anniversary of Western Maine Weather. Make sure you check out the website tomorrow for some amazing new features.

~Bobby Koenig & Mike Haggett (5+2 Day Outlook)

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Would you like an event-specific forecast for your non-profit or charity event? We at Western Maine Weather would love to help! Send us a message on our Facebook page with the date of your event, and for more information.

 Thank you for your support of Western Maine Weather! All of us strive to bring you comprehensive detailed forecasts that you won’t find anywhere else in the region. Your likes & shares on Facebook, as well as re-tweets on Twitter are much appreciated. You may not like the weather, but our goal is that you’ll like the way it is presented to you… straightforward, timely, and honestly without the hype. 

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Forecasts can and do change. Please consult with the National Weather Service and local media for the latest information. 

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2.27.15 #MEwx Cold and More #Snow This Weekend For Western #Maine

More Cold Saturday and Sunday

NWS Projected Low Temperatures Friday Night-Saturday Morning Feb 27/28 2015

NWS Projected Low Temperatures Friday Night-Saturday Morning Feb 27/28 2015

Above are the National Weather Service’s projected low temperatures tonight (Friday, February 27th). As you can see, much, if not all of the area will fall below zero. Temperatures will slowly recover some on Saturday, with highs ranging between 14 and 22 degrees. Another chilly night is in store Sunday night, with temperatures for some falling into the double-digits below zero. Temperatures recover a little bit more on Sunday, with highs ranging between 18 and 28 degrees likely. 

More Snow Possible Sunday Night

Storm Sunday Night-Monday. Graphic Credit: Accuweather.com

Storm Sunday Night-Monday. Graphic Credit: Accuweather.com

Snow will make a return to Western Maine this weekend. Low pressure will travel north of the area Sunday afternoon, spawning a new low pressure system south of the area Sunday night. This new low pressure will strengthen and move into the Gulf of Maine early Monday morning. This will spread snow into the area, possibly beginning Sunday afternoon, and possibly ending Monday morning. This snow will be light in nature, and while major accumulations are not expected, some slick travel will be likely for the Monday morning commute. As far as accumulations go, expect a general 1-3″ south, with a dusting to an inch in the mountains. A few areas on the midcoast may see up to 2-4″ of snow from this system. This system is still a ways out, and things could change, so stay tuned to Western Maine Weather this weekend, as we continue to track this system, and it’s associated travel headaches.

Western Maine Weather 5-Day Outlook

5-Day Feb 27-March 4 2015

5-Day Feb 28-March 4 2015

The rest of the Western Maine Weather 5-Day Outlook consists of another brief cooldown on Tuesday, before our next potential storm may impact the region Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. Guidance currently suggests that a mix of precipitation or even some rain will be possible with this system, which may add to roof concerns across the region as we head into mid-week next week. Stay tuned to Western Maine Weather over the next several days for continued coverage of Sunday night’s storm and the potential mid-week storm.

—Alex Reed (5-Day by Mike Haggett)

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Mike Haggett @WesternMEwx
Bobby Koenig @KoenigWX
Alex Reed @AlexReedWX
Jack Sillin @JackSillin

Would you like an event-specific forecast for your non-profit or charity event? We at Western Maine Weather would love to help! Send us a message on our Facebook page with the date of your event, and for more information.

 Thank you for your support of Western Maine Weather! All of us strive to bring you comprehensive detailed forecasts that you won’t find anywhere else in the region. Your likes & shares on Facebook, as well as re-tweets on Twitter are much appreciated. You may not like the weather, but our goal is that you’ll like the way it is presented to you… straightforward, timely, and honestly without the hype. 

Never miss a post by signing up for instant FREE email updates. You can do so with confidence that your address will never be sold to a third-party spammer. Scroll back up and look for the link to sign up at the bottom of the right side menu. Emails are mobile phone & tablet friendly, too! 

Forecasts can and do change. Please consult with the National Weather Service and local media for the latest information. 

Stay updated, stay alert & stay safe!

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