Rare Summer Nor’easter Likely to Hit Maine This Week
We're still too far away from the winter season for the word nor'easter to be tossed around lightly. When anyone in northern New England hears that term, they immediately think about shoveling, power outages and grabbing some bread and milk from the grocery store. While the term itself is associated with snow, every so often Maine will get a summer nor'easter that brings substantial wind gusts and a ton of rain to the state in a short but powerful burst. There appears to be one of those rare summer nor'easters on the horizon.
Shared on Twitter by Keith Carson, a slow moving storm is creeping in from the Atlantic Ocean and appears ready to drop some serious precipitation over most of Maine on Wednesday and Thursday. While nor'easters that feature snow are generally easy to predict in snowfall amounts, rain nor'easters are a little trickier. As the forecast models above show, Cumberland and York county appear to be in line for some serious rainfall amounts while several other counties could see more rainfall in a 36-hour period than they have in the last six weeks.
While the thirsty brown lawns and stone cold wells of Maine could use the rainfall, nor'easters in the summer present the possibility of two major challenges. The first is the amount of heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding or washouts along roads. The second is the wind gusts and the possibility of power outages thanks to them. Keep up to date with any power outages statewide here and if you encounter any large puddles, use sound judgement before walking or driving through them.