BOSTON (CBS) – Henri landed near Westerly, Rhode Island at around 12:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Before that year, we haven’t had a tropical storm for 15 years (Beryl 2006 on Nantucket). Let’s hope this will be the last landing this year.
Winds reached 78 mph at Point Judith, Rhode Island and 68 mph at Newport and Block Island. Peak gusts in Massachusetts included 55 mph at Falmouth, 54 mph at Westport, and several others between 45 and 55 mph.
Photos: Tropical storm Henri hits New England
There is another worrying high tide on Sunday evening – around 8 p.m. in places like Westport and Narragansett Bay, and around midnight along the east coast. Due to the high astronomical tide and the still somewhat “roughened” ocean of Henri, there is a likelihood of minor floods and inundations.
The heaviest rains from now on will occur in west New England and east New York on the left side of Henri’s lane. Parts of this area will receive 5 to 10 inches of rain when all is said and done.
Indeed, with some high altitude inclines in New York State, it is not out of the question that local rainfall could exceed a foot! Needless to say, there will be some major flooding problems going on in east New York. West Connecticut and West Massachusetts should escape the worst of rains and floods, but this needs to be closely monitored (depending on how far inland central Henri is moving west).
We’re not quite out of hand in central and eastern Massachusetts as the remains of Henri are swept up on a front Monday afternoon and evening, bringing one last lap of rain through the area.
Worcester County could experience rainfall in mid to late afternoon. It will take a little longer in eastern Massachusetts. The time window for downpours will be closer to 6pm to midnight. We can’t rule out a major storm or two, maybe even a spin-up tornado. As seen with Fred’s remains last week, this is always an issue with a tropical system or its remains pervading through.
We finally got rid of Henri on Tuesday, but we will be left with a very tropical air mass. Temperatures will reach almost 90 degrees on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the humidity being oppressive. It’s just another typical summer week in Boston in 2021.
Right now, Boston is sitting in its sixth wettest summer on record (17.78 inches) and has a real chance of making it to number two on this list (just a few inches more).
If it wasn’t the rain, the weather story was the heat. This is also currently the warmest summer on record in Boston! The average temperature of 74.5 degrees is 0.4 degrees warmer than in the summers of 1983 and 1949 (number two on the list). Probably not an ideal summer for anyone interested in outdoor activities.
Again, we hope we’ve seen the last of the tropical activities in New England this year. We haven’t had a hurricane on land here since Bob 1991, let’s leave it that way.
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