77% of state in severe drought or worse
The latest Drought Monitor outlook for Maine is really no surprise here. It has been a very dry summer, with record or near record low rainfall reported. Way DownEast areas got some help from Teddy, but most of the state was shut out from that event.
Thankfully, a solid signal for wetter times is on the horizon.
Looking over ensemble ideas of all the reliable models indicate damper times. Much like last year with dry conditions for much of September, October started off wet, and that idea is on tap as we head into next month.
You can always refer to the Rain Outlook page here on Pine Tree Weather for outlooks up to 7 days in advance, updated every six hours by the Weather Prediction Center.
Dry until early next week
As we head into October, the long wave cold fronts start showing up. This is a common occurrence as colder air from the north collides with warmer air from the south. The long wave tracks tap into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. High pressure to the east helps to funnel it up the coast. This is what we did not get over the summer. We didn't get much of this last winter, either, until late.
For now, showers are expected to arrive at some point Monday over western and southern areas. Tuesday looks like a decent soaker. The rest of the week is a toss up as operational models ideas differ between dry slots and rainy times. We'll see how it unfolds.
Above normal temperatures through the weekend
For those who love the warm days and comfortable sleeping temperatures, you are in for a treat. With not only a wetter pattern on the way, signals appear that it will be a cooler one as well. Foliage is starting to come in now. You can get the latest report from mainefoliage.com and plan your excursion and enjoy the beauty while we have it.
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