Weird, rainy Sunday

I’m listening closely to see if Lowell Police make any arrests in connection with this morning’s stabbing, but otherwise I have no major incidents to report. Messy weather has a tendency to keep a bit of a lid on crime.

In Tyngsboro, police have closed part of Lakeview Avenue since a tree limb brought down a power line. National Grid is reporting on its website that 287 buildings in Tyngsboro are without power.

Not sure, but the falling branch may have been caused by the heavy rains that have the National Weather Service website announcing that we’re in a moderate to severe drought, and currently under a flood watch.

I bet this particular set of circumstances doesn’t arise all that often.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Benjamin Sipprell tells me the heavy rains could cause flooding in urban areas and poor drainage areas, since 2 or 3 inches of rain could fall in a fairly short amount of time. Drivers should watch out on the morning commute.

Sipprell said that 2 to 3 inches of rain will not move us out of a drought, though, since Boston has gotten 8 fewer inches of rain than usual so far this year, and since Worcester has gotten 7 fewer inches than normal.

“We’re going to put a dent in it,” Sipprell said of the drought. “But we’re still going to be significantly below normal when all is said and done with this system.”

There’s also the video of a trash fire that I shot last night behind my office.

Stay dry folks. Go Bruins.

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