What a fun night it was last night as I was aurora borealis hunting all over central Maine. I’m here for the inaugural of Colby College’s new president this afternoon. Last night, my former boss from the Colby science library and I went driving around looking for a clear shot of the northern horizon. This included a trek across a field where I fell into an actual fox hole, (luckily no fox and no injuries) and a view over the soccer fields around 10PM, as the irrigation system was coming on. , as luck would have it, the sprinkler head rose out of the ground and started spraying away from us, not towards. Those industrial irrigation systems move a lot of water.
I know from your questions and tweets some of you were also in search of seeing the northern lights. There were some great pictures from around Maine and Vermont as well as atop Mount Washington. I was able to see the faint glow of the aurora, but no curtains and no pulsing. The storm stopped around 11PM and the rest of the night was quiet.
Even if there is another round of aurora tonight, which is not likely, clouds will limit our ability to see them. We are between two weak storm systems today of neither of which will bring much rain to the region. There is the risk of showers later this afternoon and early evening, but the bulk of the day is dry and when/if the showers occur they are not going amount to more than a tenth or two-tenths of an inch of water.
Parts of southern New England are in a long-term drier than average regime. I know many of you realize just how dry it is. You can see brown lawns and drooping plants all over metro west and parts of the south shore heading into Rhode Island.
The rain showers will move into the area between 3PM and 6PM and exit about 4 hours later than when they begin. It will of course depend on exactly where you are as to when the rain affects you. Those further west see the chance of showers earlier in the time window. This map is for 6PM tonight.
Clearing takes place overnight and by tomorrow we are left with a nice mostly sunny and typical mid-September day. Highs tomorrow will be in the 60s to near 70F.
Another system approaches late Monday after a cool, but dry day. This next system has the potential to bring some much needed steadier showers to the region, but this isn’t a sure bet yet. The models are trending wetter, not drier and this is a good sign if you want some wet weather.
I’ll have more on this next chance of rain over the weekend and of course early next week. You can follow me @growingwisdom on Twitter
After any showers, we clear out for the middle and end of next week. There are indications of another cool shot of air later next week and into the weekend. I wouldn’t be surprise if frost is an issue over some interior areas west of Route 495 and around the Route 2 corridor.
While this month started like summer, it’s certainly turned to fall in a hurry.