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Cooler With Periods Of Showers This Week

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HARDWICK – This past week was quite the active weather week, as the building heat and humidity led to atmospheric destabilization and several rounds of showers and severe thunderstorms. Northern Vermont had several significant events reported on June 19, June 20, and June 23. This included the culmination of a rare tornado watch issuance for all of Vermont on Sunday. While no tornadoes formed in that time, the area did see some significant washouts from flash flooding that occurred as a result of being hit by several rounds of thunderstorms over the course of six hours. Multiple rain gauges reported two to two and a half inches of rain fell during that time, with five-day total rainfall amounts of three and a half to four and a half inches.

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Hardwick experienced severe weather last week with excessive heat, humidity, gusty winds as thunder storms and heavy rains fell on Wednesday and Sunday. Route 14 by the M&M Beverage and Buffalo Mountain Road was closed Sunday evening due to high water.

The first half of that rainfall came Wednesday afternoon, with the development of pulse thunderstorms, or thunderstorms that rapidly develop and then dissipate over a short distance. These thunderstorms led to heavy downpours and reports of tree damage in Wolcott and Calais. This brought at least a little bit of relief to our heat wave that gave us highs in the low 90s from Tuesday through Thursday. We didn’t break any record highs, but low temperatures struggled to drop into the 70s.

We won’t have as exciting a week this time, but we are starting today off with an approaching cold front, which will bring us some scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be a few isolated strong wind gusts, heavy rain, and frequent lightning. We cool off a little heading into the end of the work week, with a northwesterly flow circulating clockwise around a high approaching from the Great Lakes. Our next weather-maker arrives Saturday in the form of a warm front bringing steady rain in the morning and a chance of thunderstorms by late afternoon and evening. A few may be strong again. What follows this cold front? Slightly cooler air and partial clearing just in time to wrap up the weekend. Here are the details of that forecast:

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, some strong. High: 77. Low: 56.

Thursday: Increasing sunshine. Cooler. High: 70. Low: 45.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High: 69. Low: 52.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Showers. A chance of thunderstorms by evening. Some storms may be strong. High: 74. Low: 58.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers. High: 72. Low: 57.

Sunday Storms Swamp Local Roads

HARDWICK – Area road closures from Sunday’s storm caused difficulties for area drivers into Monday, and continue in Cabot. Route 14 in Hardwick was closed 1/2 mile south of Buffalo Mountain Road due to flooding. That was reopened by Monday with only minor washouts elsewhere in town and some damage to be repaired along Cooper Brook

Cabot Road Foreman, Sid Griggs reported late Sunday evening Jug Brook Road and Blodgett Road were closed and Coits Pond, almost to the Woodbury line was down to one lane.

South Walden Road just past Olney Hill in Walden at the steep hill washed out and is still closed to through traffic until later this week. Jug Brook Road is now open. Coits Pond Road will be closed part of Wednesday for repair work, allowing it to be reopened.

Tyler is our weather reporter and a community journalist. He works as a nurse and EMT, volunteers with Hardwick Rescue and helps to train new EMTs.

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