Rainy Weather Continues to Plague the Region

Bradley International Airport in Connecticut received more than 10 and a half inches of rain during the month of June, which is more than six inches beyond normal levels for this time of year. Kim Buttrick is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts. She says a trough, 

or a dip in the jet stream is responsible for New England’s unsettled weather conditions. 

“It’s basically keeping our pattern active and rainy, where we’ve had showers, we’ve had the thunderstorms, and we really haven’t been able to get into a real change in the weather pattern. It looks to be the same for the next couple days and through the weekend.”

While larger waterways such as the Connecticut River are not near flood stage, Buttrick says heavy rains make flash flooding a greater concern.
 
“If a thunderstorm were to deposit two inches in an hour, or even more than that in an hour, that could lead to urban flooding but small stream flooding as well.” 
 
The average rainfall for July at Bradley is about four inches. Meanwhile, the wet and sometimes stormy conditions have not yet had a major impact on the regions utilities. Western Mass. Electric says the weather has not caused an increased amount of power outages. They say they are prepared should thunderstorms or wind gusts knock out power.