Sunday, December 21, 2014

Areal Flood Watch Into Wednesday Morning

Soaking rain is likely Tuesday afternoon and night in Southern New England as a wet weather system moves through the Northeast. 1-2″ of rainfall is possible in most of Southern New England, and the National Weather Service in Taunton, MA has issued an Areal Flood Watch for the potential for urban and poor drainage flooding Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

Flood Watch Tuesday through Wednesday morning

Flood Watch Tuesday through Wednesday morning

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
455 AM EDT TUE APR 15 2014

...HEAVY RAINFALL AND POTENTIAL FLOODING...

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WINDHAM CT-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-EASTERN KENT RI-
BRISTOL RI-WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PUTNAM...WILLIMANTIC...FRAMINGHAM...
LOWELL...LAWRENCE...GLOUCESTER...MILFORD...WORCESTER...FOXBORO...
NORWOOD...CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY...TAUNTON...BROCKTON...
PLYMOUTH...FALL RIVER...NEW BEDFORD...MATTAPOISETT...FOSTER...
SMITHFIELD...PROVIDENCE...WEST GREENWICH...WARWICK...BRISTOL...
NARRAGANSETT...WESTERLY...NEWPORT
455 AM EDT TUE APR 15 2014

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH
WEDNESDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS EXPANDED THE

* FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE PORTIONS OF NORTHERN CONNECTICUT...
  MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
  AREAS...IN NORTHERN CONNECTICUT...WINDHAM COUNTY. IN
  MASSACHUSETTS...MIDDLESEX...ESSEX...NORFOLK...PLYMOUTH...
  BRISTOL...WORCESTER...AND SUFFOLK COUNTIES. IN RHODE
  ISLAND...BRISTOL...KENT...NEWPORT...PROVIDENCE...AND WASHINGTON
  COUNTIES.

* FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING

* SOME URBAN AND POOR DRAINAGE FLOODING IS POSSIBLE WITH THE 1.0
  TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING...INCLUDING
  THE EVENING COMMUTE. HOWEVER...LATEST TRENDS SUGGEST THE
  POSSIBILITY OF LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF RAIN WHICH MAY LEAD TO
  POCKETS OF FLOODING WHICH ARE OF HIGHER IMPACT ACROSS THE WATCH
  AREA.

* WHILE THE PRIMARY ISSUE WILL BE THE URBAN AND POOR DRAINAGE
  FLOOD THREAT. SHOULD THE POTENTIAL FOR HIGHER TOTALS BE
  REALIZED...SOME LOCAL STREAMS AND RIVERS MAY ALSO EXPERIENCE
  MINOR FLOOD ISSUES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

&&

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HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-
NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-
EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-
CHESHIRE NH-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-
WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARTFORD...WINDSOR LOCKS...UNION...
VERNON...CHARLEMONT...GREENFIELD...ORANGE...BARRE...FITCHBURG...
CHESTERFIELD...BLANDFORD...AMHERST...NORTHAMPTON...SPRINGFIELD...
AYER...JAFFREY...KEENE...MANCHESTER...NASHUA...PETERBOROUGH...
WEARE
455 AM EDT TUE APR 15 2014

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING
THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF NORTHERN CONNECTICUT...MASSACHUSETTS AND SOUTHERN
  NEW HAMPSHIRE...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN NORTHERN
  CONNECTICUT...HARTFORD AND TOLLAND COUNTIES. IN
  MASSACHUSETTS...FRANKLIN...HAMPDEN...HAMPSHIRE...NORTHERN
  MIDDLESEX...AND NORTHERN WORCESTER COUNTIES. IN SOUTHERN NEW
  HAMPSHIRE...CHESHIRE AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTIES.

* FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING

* RAINFALL LATER TODAY INTO TONIGHT OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED
  WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THIS COMBINED WITH A
  SWOLLEN CONNECTICUT RIVER BASIN DUE TO SNOWMELT FROM UPSTREAM
  LOCALES ACROSS NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND...THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR
  MINOR FLOODING ON AREA RIVERS AND STREAMS.

* THERE IS ALSO THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL 
  RESULT IN URBAN AND POOR DRAINAGE FLOODING. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

About Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

2 comments

  1. Terri Merrill

    Hi Fred,
    What is an “Areal Flood Watch” and is it different from just a plain old “Flood Watch”?