Heavy rain taking aim on Connecticut


heavy rain

On Thursday into Friday,  a “widespread soaking rain,” is expected.

From the National Weather Service:

“A strong low pressure system is expected to affect the region tomorrow into early Friday. This will bring the potential for a widespread 2 to 3 inches or rain … with locally higher amounts possible. Isolated strong thunderstorms with gusty winds will also be possible Thursday morning and afternoon.

“The location of heaviest rainfall is unclear at this time. But due to saturated ground from recent heavy rains … if the higher end of the rainfall amounts are realized … widespread urban and small stream flooding issues and significant rises on our main stem rivers could be expected. The saturated ground may also make trees and power lines more susceptible to falling with any stronger wind gusts.”

To read a more detailed discussion of the forecast, click here.

Two to 5 inches of rain would shatter rainfall records for June. Already we’ve received 6.81 inches of rain. The normal rainfall for the month is just 1.57 inches.

A flood warning has been issued for the Housatonic River at the Stevenson Dam, between Oxford and Monroe, until further notice.

Water levels at both Lake Zoar and Lake Lillinonah are being lower at two dams on the Housatonic.Flood watch

Shelton police said there may be some minor flooding at The Maples, a Shelton riverfront neighborhood.

At noon. the river stage was at 12.1 feet; flood stage is 11 feet.

To monitor the Housatonic’s flood stage, click here.

High temperature today: 78

Sunset: 8:26 p.m.

Sunrise Thursday: 5:19 a.m.

Air quality: Good.

Pollen count: 4.8 medium with oak, hickory and plantain pollen.

High tide: 2:30 p.m. (Bridgeport)

Low tide: 8:38 p.m.

On Long Island Sound

Water temperature, along coast: 62 degrees.

Small craft advisory in effect until 6 p.m. tonight.

Today: NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Tonight: NW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming E after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Thu: E winds 5 to 10 kt…increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Showers…mainly in the afternoon with vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Thu Night: E winds 15 to 20 kt…becoming NE 20 to 25 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Showers. Vsby 1 to 3 nm


Jim Shay