Saturday, August 11, 2012
Scattering Of Soaking Showers Ahead
It's a muggy, warm morning around -- temperatures in the 70's across the Delaware Valley as we start the weekend. Radar shows a few showers to our west and southwest as we hit the 6 AM hour. We're still in the muggy side of an airmass as the cool front that approached the region yesterday has yet to clear any parts of the region -- the front is generally situated across Central PA and will slowly push northeast and east through the day today.
We dodged the rain bullet last night in many locations, with just a few thunderstorms that couldn't quite make it past Lancaster or I-81 as they would either fizzle as they got closer or were nudged northeastward. That said, the airmass is still muggy and has enough moisture to produce rainfall if instability can trigger shower activity.
Knowing we're still in the muggy sector ahead of the front, scattered showers and storms are in the forecast for today. Rain and thunder will nudge northeast through the day, becoming a bit more numerous during the midday and afternoon hours. Some of those showers and storms will be heavy at times, especially in New Jersey and Delaware. It won't be a total washout today but there will be moments when the weather will take a sour turn. In between showers, skies will be variably cloudy -- probably a touch more sunshine earlier in the day and more clouds in the afternoon. In many respects, today may look and feel very much like yesterday afternoon (after the heavy rain shield moved through).
Highs this afternoon will top out in the middle 80's -- feeling a bit muggier as dew point values are around 70 in much of the region. Lower humidity should work into much of region (exception being coastal areas) tomorrow.