Damaging Winds Possible Monday Morning

Just a few days ago, drought and fire danger were the weather headlines.  It’s looking like this time next week most Maine communities will be in a surplus of rain/melted snow for the year.  The heaviest rain between now and late Thursday night should be confined to Downeast Maine where a Flood Watch remains in effect.

The focus of this post is to outline the potential of a big wind event slated to arrive here Sunday night into early Monday morning.
A topical disturbance currently near Honduras and Nicaragua tonight will be monitored in the coming days.

That storm may become topical storm  Philippe as it surges north near the peninsula of Florida.  The tropical system will quickly get picked up by a trough over the eastern half of the united states. The upper air pattern is set up in a way that tropical moisture from the system will expand and move rapidly north late in the weekend.

Tropical moisture will surge north arriving in New England Sunday evening and extending through Monday. Heaviest rain would probably arrive in northern New England  early Monday morning.

The surface maps suggest a tight pressure gradient between the storm, and a strong high over the Canadian Maritimes.  The result could be a period of damaging winds in Maine, and especially near the coast Monday morning.

This is just one forecast model and likely over done a tad due the marine inversion. These near hurricane force gusts can’t be ignored though.

At this point I have no problem with advertising the possibility of a quick hitting round of  50 to 65 mph gusts based on today’s forecasts. That would be strong enough for damage and power outages.  The good news is Halloween is looking great this year. Let’s just hope we have power to turn that porch light on for trick or treaters.

We’re of course many days out and lots and change.  Stay tuned in the coming days for updates.  You can always find more info at.

Charlie Lopresti

About Charlie Lopresti

Charlie makes up the "Weather Part" of CBS News 13s evening edition. A native New Englander, he grew up enjoying the area's exciting and sometimes wild weather.