Whenever a storm with a name threatens New England, heads turn, people pay attention, and the worries start to mount. Everyone has a vested interest in the weather, but with all the scenes of destruction swirling on the airwaves in recent weeks, this storm takes on a heightened tone.
First and foremost, Jose is nothing like Harvey and Irma. It will weaken to a tropical storm as it makes its closest pass off of Nantucket on Wednesday, so the idea of widespread power outages, fallen trees and empty store shelves is not in the cards.
My biggest worry as of this typing is a shift in the storm track - one that would take it farther offshore. We just saw Jose come to a dead stop in the last advisory, so all options are on the table. From what we can see, this is a temporary stall, so we will continue with what we know.
Still expecting our mist/drizzle to turn to periodic rain in the morning. Bands of rain will continue until the afternoon, as we await the grande finale (again, provided the track stays as is) on Wednesday with heavier bands.
Winds will continue to increase tomorrow, peaking at 30-40 mph from Boston north, and 40-60 mph from the South Shore to the Cape and Islands. Strongest winds will come after midnight Tuesday into early Wednesday. Away from the coast, gusts will be 25-40 at times - hardly a vicious New England storm, but possibly enough for isolated power outages.
Coastal flooding will be minor to moderate at the noon/midnight high tide cycles from Tuesday through Wednesday. Astronomically speaking, the tides are high for the month, but not the highest of the year/season.
Some delays at Logan are possible Tuesday night and Wednesday. Isolated power outages along the coast. Cape and Islands will see scattered power outages. Rainfall amounts 1-2" for most, 2-4" Cape and Islands. (Badly needed water I might add.) Might be some flash flooding on the Cape/Islands provided we get the heavy rain directly from Jose on Wednesday, otherwise we should be able to take on the water elsewhere.
We will keep you posted on any new developments throughout the storm!