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Heavy Rain Drenching New England

UPDATED 10 PM EDT, August 13, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Heavy downpours continue to deluge eastern New England as a cold front ambles through the region. As this systems moves away from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, rainfall totals exceeding 10 inches produced flash flooding in locations.

The heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms are due to a cold front that has been sweeping eastward from the Great Lakes into the Northeast. Warm and humid air is streaming ahead of the front, while cooler air is working its way through the Midwest and across the Mid-Atlantic. At the same time, an area of low pressure is sliding along the cold front, helping to squeeze out tropical-type downpours along its path.

While the soggy weather is a bummer for anyone trying to complete their end-of-summer vacation, it comes at the end of an extended period of dry weather across the Northeast. Rain has been hit-or-miss for much of the summer, with many areas seeing as little as an inch of rain since mid-July. That said, other nearby spots received as much as 3 inches of rain in the same period. This means that a widespread soaker will be welcomed along the East Coast, helping to quench thirsty lawns and reservoirs.

An upper-level trough will dive southward behind the cold front, setting up camp across southeastern Canada and the Northeast. This will mean an extended period of cool, September-like temperatures across the region.

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