Apr 21, 2015 7:55 PM
NH1 Chief Meteorologist- NH1.com
Skies cleared out nicely Tuesday night for perfect viewing of the Lyrid meteor shower along with the Crescent moon. Facing Northeast after 10 PM, away from city lights will be your best chance to see a few shooting stars. The peak of the Lyrid Meteor shower will happen Wednesday night, but clouds my prevent ideal conditions for viewing. Not to worry, meteor showers happen several times over the course of the year as the Earth encounters debris trails left behind from various Comet's. The debris falls into our atmosphere and burns up as it falls the surface giving the appearance of shooting stars. The Lyrid are brief, and elusive. In fact, not much more than a few meteors per hour will be able to be seen. They are not quite as spectacular as the Perseids which happen in August where up to 90 to 100 meteors sometimes can be seen on a moonless night. Still Tuesday night is the best window for viewing.
Wednesday will get off to a nice sunny start. Clouds will be building and increasing for the midday ahead of another front which will likely trigger a few more scattered showers or even a thunderstorm during the mid-late afternoon, along with a brief downpour. Because cooler air is moving in aloft, there is more instability in the atmosphere and also a lower freezing level. If any storms form, there could be the potential for some small hail. Showers will linger into Wednesday evening, but pull away and end overnight.
Much cooler air will be arriving for Thursday to Friday with highs in the 40's and Lwr 50's with a breeze form the WNW. Again, with an upper level cool pool above our heads, sunshine will be limited, especially during the afternoons with the max heating of the day. Expect partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies pretty much every day leading into the weekend. Each day will have a risk of an isolated shower. Most of the time it will be dry, cool weather to enjoy. The Upper low will help to keep a trough in the Northeast through the end of April helping to keep the warmth away from now. It is also helping to keep us fairly dry in the mean time, keeping the storms and rain mostly riding south of New England for now.
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