December 1, 2021
Posted: October 24, 2021 8:53 am
If you live in the Northeast, you better hope you have already visited the pumpkin patch this year. This region is in for a period of cold and rainy conditions heading into the days leading up to Halloween.
The change in the weather pattern will be even more evident due to the unseasonably warm temperatures that have been the norm throughout the fall. Most areas of the Northeast have seen temperatures that are about 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit above average through the first three weeks of October. The mercury has soared into the 60s and 70s through much of the region, creating a lingering Indian Summer. This strange weather pattern is set to come to an end in the coming days.
In addition to the cooler temperatures, the wet conditions will also be quite the shock for residents used to dry weather as of late. While September featured precipitation that was well above average, October has been a complete 180 with exceptionally dry conditions.
For example, New York City measured over 10 inches of rain in September, representing over double its normal amount of rain for that month. However, the city has only seen about 12% of its average rainfall so far for the month of October.
Similarly, Boston has only seen about half of its average rainfall for October so far. This compares to the prior month which saw 201% of its average rainfall amount.
The rain will be accompanied by a definitive chill in the air. Some parts of New York state and New England may even catch a glimpse of the white stuff in the higher elevations. This chilly air will be enhanced by a number of storms that begin to push through the area next week. The bomb cyclone expected to slam into the West Coast this weekend will eventually make its way across the country and into the Eastern Seaboard.
In addition to this parade of storms, forecasters are predicting that two separate nor’easters may be a factor through the next week. This active weather pattern is predicted to stick around through Halloween, potentially thwarting the plans of many trick or treaters.
The first big storm system will make an impact on Monday and Tuesday, bringing gusty winds and cold rain throughout the Northeast. Flash flooding could be a big problem in southern New England. As this storm moves into the area to start the week, the mercury will drop into the 40s and lower 50s for the daytime highs throughout the northern Appalachians. Temperatures will be slightly higher in the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts with readings approaching the lower 60s.
This storm will also bring locally heavy rains with measurements up to 1.50 inches of rain. The persistent cloud cover and strong wind gusts will make the real feel temperature feel even lower.
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