The Verrazano Bridge on a nice summer day. (Doug Simonian)

Morning Roundup: Pleasant today, Nor’Easter stays seaward

A little over twenty four hours ago, many locations in our area had quite the strong thunderstorm, and it even strengthened to severe levels once it hit Suffolk County. Large tree damage was a common occurrence in Suffolk County, and a 1.75″ hail report was made from Mount Sinai, well above the 1.00″ criteria for severe hail. Newark, NJ gusted to 51mph while most of the rest of us still saw wind gusts over 40mph with vivid lightning.

Fortunately, weather did not interrupt our sleep this time around, unless you were pulling an all-nighter to enjoy falling dewpoints and clear skies. A cold front crossed the region yesterday evening, giving way to high pressure, sunny skies, and low humidity. Today is setting up to be a nice day as northwest downsloping winds will help us reach the upper 80s to around 90 for high temperatures, even along the shores. Some high-resolution models are forecasting a couple of isolated showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, as a weak, moisture-laden shortwave passes through. These are unlikely given the stable atmosphere aloft, and these models can sometimes be trigger-happy, but given the shortwave passage we will be keeping an eye out. Regardless, a few cumulus clouds are possible in the afternoon. Winds will generally stay light, but could occasionally gust to 15-20mph in the afternoon.

Here are some other weather highlights:

  • Clear skies, dry conditions, and diminishing winds will lead to radiational cooling tonight. Thus, most inland locations and the Pine Barrens will fall into the 50s tonight/tomorrow morning, though other areas including more Urban areas will fall into the mid 60s.
  • A bit cooler of an airmass is expected for Thursday with less downsloping flow. Skies will be sunny and it will be precipitation-free, with temperatures in the low to mid 80s.
  • The Nor’Easter which previous model guidance had shown for Friday looks very likely to move out to sea. The weather pattern simply does not look amplified enough to support a storm climbing the coast. In fact, Friday now looks partly cloudy, though northeast winds from the offshore storm could hold temperatures in the low 80s, and a somewhat cool airmass behind the storm could also lead to low 80s on Saturday, with still partly cloudy skies.
  • Sunday also looks quite pleasant, so it should be a great day for afternoon baseball at Yankee Stadium. In fact, humidity may not increase again until Tuesday out ahead of the next frontal system — perhaps Monday if it speeds up, but this is unlikely. Showers and thunderstorms are likely ahead of this front.
  • An extreme heat wave is setting up in parts of Texas, as yesterday will start a string of potentially seven consecutive 100-degree days. In fact, last night’s NAM Model shows a high temperature of 108 degrees in the Texas Panhandle for tomorrow afternoon. Now those are the dog days of summer.