The one thing I was curious about rain fade is if they do go all HD in 2019 and have no SD duplicates HD will stay out long in bad weather. My signals are all in 90's and when their is heavy rain HD stays out for 10 mins or more.
Is 10 mins. or longer normal for HD staying out in bad weather?It depends on whether they put HD channels on 101 or not. Though in my experience when you get those huge storms with the tall rainclouds, if it is coming from the west I see 103 go out, followed by 101, followed by 99. The KU band used on 101 is more resistant to rain, but when a supercell storm comes your way it doesn't matter everything is going out.
Thunderstorms between you and the satellite cause fade. It does not have to be raining at your location. I see you're in CT, the recent storms have been streaming up from the SW with monsoon like rain density, one after another, causing more interruptions than usual. Relax, nothing has likely changed with your equipment.
If you have a weather radar app on your phone, you can see the culprits causing your dropouts.
Thats likely ... 5 miles isn't very far in the grand scheme of things ... its whats happening inside that cloud that causes the disturbance.