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A rather unusual Mother's Day Nor'easter

QUOTE-UNQUOTE: "A strong, rather unusual May nor’easter is going to develop over the weekend, as the current cool pattern continues for a few more days. If this were winter, you’d be hearing forecasts predicting either 6 to 10 inches of snow or up to 2 feet or more. This precipitation will fall as several inches of rain, though. The wide range of predicted rainfall is a result of the unsure track of this coastal storm. More on that topic below.The storm won’t arrive until Saturday evening. If you need to get some outdoor activities done, the weather will be dry Friday and Saturday during the day. It’s not going to be very warm. It will certainly be below the average high temperature, which is in the mid-60s." –Dave Epstein writing in the Boston Globe." Full story.

So this Mother's Day weekend, racing and other club events from the Mid-Atlantic to Maine will be drenched if not blown out by this unusually severe storm, at least for this time of year. The Optimist TT (team training) event in Barnegat Bay is expecting winds today of 25-35 kts and plenty of rain. Larchmont YC is running their Edlu Race today. First sailed in 1956, the traditional Spring tune up for the ensuing Block Island Race and BI Race Week is a 32nm race from the Larchmont Breakwater to Gong 11B off Eaton's Neck and back. NYYC has already announced that "rain protocols are in place" for this afternoon's 30th Commissioning at Harbour Court in Newport, RI. This means that the grand and dignified event is being moved from the beautiful sweeping lawns in front of the clubhouse to a massive tent. And the High School teams racing this weekend for the Mallory Trophy, emblematic of their doubleheaded National Championship, at MIT's Sailing Pavilion on the Charles River in Boston are in for a douching later today and tomorrow. Live coverage with excellent commentary by our longtime friend Ken Legler is available via YouTube on Saturday here, and on Sunday here. Batten down the hatches.

Rainfall through Sunday could reach over 2 inches if the nor’easter comes close to the coast. Source: Boston Globe, Weatherbell Analytics.