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Changes ahead: from cool/comfy/sunny to muggy/unsettled...

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TODAY, 6/12/18…

With high pressure in control today, there will be plenty of sunshine.  Despite the cooler than normal start, temperatures during the afternoon will top out between 75 and 80 degrees inland… at the coast it will be several degrees cooler.  Additionally, it will be a bit breezy, but the humidity remains fairly low.


As high pressure moves offshore tomorrow, a storm system approaches from the west.  With it will come an increase in cloud cover, an increase in humidity and a chance for rain and even some rumbles of thunder.  How high temperatures go will be a product of sunshine… with enough of it, we could see temps peak near or above 80 degrees.  Initially, there will be a chance for rain with the arrival of the warmer/muggier air mass; then, later in the day, there will be another chance for rain/storms as a cold front moves into the region.  The greatest risk for 'severe' weather, as of now, will be to our west in NY and PA.


In the wake of Wednesday’s system, it will be warm on Thursday with highs in the lower 80s. We'll see a drop in humidity as the day progresses.  Additionally, any cloudiness early will give way to a sunny sky.  Friday will likely be a few degrees cooler than Thursday under a mix of sun and clouds.  There is just the slightest chance for an isolated shower as we end the week.


As of now, the weekend is looking fantastic!  Both days should be dry, partly to mostly sunny and unseasonably warm by about 5 degrees.


After this Wednesday, our next chance for rain (and perhaps storms) doesn’t come until Monday into Tuesday of next week.  It will be quite warm Monday and the humidity will also be on the increase.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon with Scot Haney


June 1st, marks the beginning of the meteorological summer.  For record keeping purposes, the meteorological summer includes all of June, July, and August. 

Astronomical summer occurs at the summer solstice which is Thursday, June 21st, at 6:07 am this year.

June 1 also marks the beginning of the hurricane season.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) already released their initial forecast for the 2018 Tropical Season for the Atlantic Basin.  They are predicting a near normal or slightly more active than normal season with 10-16 named storms (average is 12) of which 5-9 are expected to become hurricanes (average is 6).  Of those hurricanes, 1-4 are expected to become major hurricanes (average is 3).  A major hurricane is a Category 3 or higher.  The hurricane season is long; it officially lasts through November 30th.  This season got off to an early start when Subtropical Storm Alberto moved northward through the Gulf of Mexico, making landfall on the Florida Panhandle earlier this week, before the official tropical storm season began.

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