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Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Smallpotatoes, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Here in New England it's raining. Every day since Wednesday we've had some rain. That seems to have been a typical week for us this summer, at least four or five days with at least some rain, usually heavy stuff during a thunderstorm.
    Is this part of a trend and what causes such frequent rainstorms?
  2. SportySpice

    SportySpice Member

    Tears from all the journalists across the nation seeing the business go south.
  3. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    Ask old_tony.
  4. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Not unusual at all during summer. The heating of the day creates some instability and humidity in the atmosphere, and when it gets to be too much it has to go somewhere -- typically, onto the ground as a late-afternoon thunderstorm. Kind of like filling a bowl with water. Fill it enough, and it overflows onto the floor. Pretty quickly, though, it's back to an acceptable level.
    Not sure if it's any more or less frequent in New England than other regions. When I lived in New Jersey, though, it wasn't at all unusual to get a 30-minute storm passing through sometime between 4 and 7 p.m.
  5. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

  6. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    I didn't think we were allowed to ask questions anymore thanks to the "toilet clogging" thread.
  7. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    You get more on the Florida peninsula. Seabreezes from each side (Atlantic Ocean/Gulf of Mexico) meet up over the middle of the peninsula; nasty midafternoon thunderstorms and lower late-afternoon/evening temperatures typically result.

    On the other hand, the drought appears to be officially over down here. :)
  8. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    I don't think your weather for the past couple of days can be contributed to convection, or air mass, thunderstorms like Batman said above.

    If you look at the current surface radar ( http://www.weather.com/maps/geography/northeastus/index_large.html ) you'll see what we call an open wave developing. Those are normally associated with soaking rains and can develop into occluded fronts. Then you'll get some serious weather. Looking at the map above, you'll get a warm occlusion within the next day, or so, and get some pretty strong thunderstorms near the intersection of those two fronts -- probably a little farther northeast than the front is now.
  9. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    ... haven't seen it in more than a month.
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    minus one small shower, it's been closer to two months here.
  11. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Well, you do live in BFE. I live in a major city.
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