Friday, August 09, 2013

Spotty Soakers Around Again

We're going to have another day of scattered rounds of thunder in spots -- not everyone gets wet, but those that do run the risk of picking up some heavy rainfall and gusty winds from whatever thunderstorm activity does develop.  Dew point levels will solidly be in the 70's for one more day, with PWAT (moisture in the atmosphere) indicators solidly over two inches...which yields a decent risk for heavy rainfall as a result.

We've been dodging a bit of a bullet in the rain department -- storms have not been as widespread as modeling tried to suggest and the more widespread rounds of rain and thunder have moved through at night while most have been sleeping. Wednesday night's round of rain and thunder moved through our region with varying amounts of rain, last night's impacted places to our north.  Areas near Ithaca and Cortland in Upstate New York have not been as lucky, especially last night.

It won't be stormy all day -- there will be some sun around -- and that sunshine will destabilize the atmosphere to allow those storms to develop.

Temperatures this afternoon will get into the mid, perhaps upper 80's for highs. Tack on a few more degrees of additional "yuck" factor thanks to those dew points and heat index values will push into the low 90's for many of us.

The good news is that a cool front will slide south tonight, bringing an end to the humidity this weekend as dew points will drop into the 60's tomorrow in many locations, perhaps into the 50's by Sunday.