Monday, July 21, 2008

Wild week of weather...stay safe

Get ready for a wild, wet week.
We've been hit by numerous thunderstorms in recent days, and more are on the way as the weather pattern remains stuck in a tropical flow. Declan measured 3 inches of rain in our new rain gauge from last night's thunderstorms alone.
I spoke with Art Lester, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service this afternoon, and he warned me that flooding is a big concern for later in the week across New Hampshire, so get ready.

“There’s a lot of juicy air coming in here. We’re keeping an eye on the rivers and streams and it’s looking like we may have some things to worry about,” he said.

Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to continue churning up the ocean waters, but will remain well out to sea and not affect the state, so that's a good thing. But, the tropical moisture from the south will keep the state locked in this yucky wet and humid weather.

After talking to Art and looking at all the latest weather forecasts, I offer my expert advice: Get the sump pumps ready 'cause I think you're gonna need them.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a total weather freak. Instead of watching junk on YouTube, I watch radars and read many different forecasts and weather blogs. The best place to go for all the latest warnings when nasty weather plows into New Hampshire is the National Weather Service Web site. This link will bring you to New Hampshire, and then you just need to click on Rockingham County.
What's good about this site is the warning system. When thunderstorms roll in, all of the latest bulletins are posted immediately on the site, telling you where the storm's been, how bad it was, and what to expect when it heads your way. It's the best way to know what's coming. Now, when it comes to radar, I usually check Intellicast. This link will take you to the Northeast area. Then you can click on the radar tab to zoom in on Rockingham County.

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