DISCUSSION: As much of the United States remains fairly quiet this morning, the back-end of a cold front associated with a large low pressure system (whose low pressure center is now over Central/Northern Quebec) which is quickly exiting the Northeast corridor. As it does so, it continues to generate strong thunderstorms along the north-to-south axis of the eastward-moving cold front. During the past few hours, there have been several severe thunderstorm warnings issued by the National Weather Service office located in Gray, Maine as a result of there being an efficient trend for destabilization of air parcels positioned along and ahead of this northeastward-moving cold front. Therefore, folks who are currently located in far eastern portions of New England will definitely want to remain updated by your local National Weather Service office, your weather radio, smartphone weather alerts, etc.
Although the primary threat from the majority of the stronger convective cells within this longer line of convection has predominantly been characterized by strong, gusty winds there have also been numerous reports of lightning. Based on the fact that lightning is one the leading causes of death and injury from severe weather events, if you hear thunder, it is imperative to take adequate shelter. This is due to the fact that even if the storm producing the lightning is several miles away, you are still close enough to be struck by lightning. As the National Weather Service slogan says "If thunder roars, go indoors!" It is worth noting that upon the passage of the aforementioned cold front, conditions will swiftly improve due to the atmosphere returning to a state of increased stability as cooler and drier air filters into the Northeast from Southeastern Canada. To learn more about other high-impact weather events from across North America, be sure to click here!