Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Scattered Downpours Later Today

It's a dreary-looking start in a number of spots around town with low clouds and fog varied by location.  With temperatures in the lower half of the 60's this morning, it's also a touch humid and summery to boot.  With a weak disturbance lurking nearby, some showers have developed overnight to the north of the city and generally reside between Allentown and the Poconos, lifting slowly northward.  That disturbance will be the trigger for scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorm activity across portions of the region.  The amount of thunderstorm development this afternoon will be dependent on how much midday sunshine we get and the level of instability that ultimately develops in the atmosphere.

The good news is that not everyone will get rain...the bad news is that some of you who do get any pop up shower and thunderstorm activity will have to deal with the potential for heavier rainfall and localized downpours as showers and storms will be very slow moving, much like yesterday with the shower and storm that brought a couple of inches of rain in a localized downpour just to the northwest of Allentown.   The best chances for any of the heavier downpours will be to the city's north and west, with the best chances of staying dry generally along the Shore.  

Highs this afternoon range from the lower/mid 70's at the Shore to around 80 inland.