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The 'Rex Block' (and why it's about to mess up New England's Labor Day)

The Atlantic Ocean built the bully, but strong high pressure from Rex will make sure a good wallop is delivered.

In New York City.

And New England.

If you've been following coverage of the trouble that former Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Hermine is wreaking along the Eastern Seaboard the past few days, you've undoubtedly heard the term "Rex block" dropped into the discussion.

Is The Weather Channel covering sports now? Not a bit.

A "Rex Block" is a term used in meteorology when upper-level weather systems set up in such away that inclement weather can be locked into place just south of an area of high pressure.



The "Rex Block," as explained by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration PowerPoint discussion of the weather phenomenon. (NOAA)

That's just what's shaping up this weekend along the East Coast.



The weather forecast map for 2 a.m. Sunday shows the strong area of low pressure that was Hermine about to be locked in place by the high above eastern Canada. (NWS)



By 8 a.m. on Labor Day, the storm system is locked and loaded. (NWS)



And, it's still there on Wednesday. (NWS)

The stalled area of low pressure is about to drench the hometowns of the New York Jets and Tom Brady's Gillette Stadium.

For days and days:


(National Weather Service)


(National Weather Service)


Meanwhile, the high pressure will keep skies blue in Buffalo:


(National Weather Service)

The "Rex Block" really has nothing to do with football.

But, in Buffalo, the coincidence is just too much to resist.

Isn't it?


(James P. McCoy/ Buffalo News)




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