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July 1, 2014

Developing storm could soak holiday

Storms could delay some Fourth of July events

Mother Nature is switching it up again, this time with a developing tropical storm on the way that could interfere with Fourth of July plans.

Rain is expected later tonight or early tomorrow and continue into Friday evening, according to meteorologists.

But Mike Kispner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said it should be clear enough for fireworks Friday evening.

However, Bill Simpson of the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., said Saturday would be the better day. He said the tropical storm could be delayed, or even early, depending on how fast it moves.

“The system hasn’t even developed,” Simpson said. “This is what the computer thinks could happen.”

Kispner said the system would have to travel farther north and closer to the shore to rain out many firework celebrations.

“How fast the front moves through will determine how long that rain will be going,” he said.

The past few Fourth of July celebrations have been rained out, but Kispner said it is looking better than in years past.

“The last two or three Fourth of Julys we actually had severe weather, like thunderstorms, but this year it’s not looking like that,” he said.

As for town celebrations, many are prepared for foul weather.

Derry’s town fireworks are currently set for dusk on Friday, but will be rescheduled to Saturday if needed.

“If there’s kind of spotty weather, there will come a point that once everything is set up we have to get ready to roll,” said Eric Bodenrader, director of parks and recreation. “I started monitoring last week. We’re just going to keep our eye on the forecast for the remainder of the week and keep our fingers crossed.”

Their fireworks will not be postponed unless the entire day is washed out, he said.

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