The center of Hurricane Irene is headed towards Turks and Caicos and the southern Bahamas. It is a category 2 storm with winds gusting well over 100mph. Landfall is starting to become more likely along the east coast of the United States somewhere between northern Florida and the Carolinas late on Friday. A good amount of tropical moisture and rainfall is likely to move into our region by the weekend. With the ground already saturated it certainly may spell out some flooding problems. Also an increase in wind and surf may be likely by Friday and Saturday. Keep in mind these types of hurricanes always come with their fair share of surprises so we will need to keep a close eye on it through the rest of the week.
High pressure takes charge over the tri-state area today resulting in sunny skies and lower humidity. Afternoon temperature are expected near the mid 80s. A slight risk for isolated thunderstorms are in the forecast for this evening. The overnight is expected to bring mostly clear skies and lows near 70.
Sunday starts out fairly nice with a mix of sun and clouds, highs in the lower 80s. Humidity returns, along with a cold front moving in from the west. Storms likely to pass Sunday night into Monday. This front could produce strong winds, lightning and heavy rain.
Humidity increased quite a bit today across Long Island as a southerly breeze took over. Dewpoints climbed through the 60's and are hovering near the 70 degree mark, which is a very uncomfortable level. With the humidity in place and a slow-moving cold front heading our way, scattered thunderstorms will be possible over the next 24 to 36 hours. Most of the storms today have been confined to areas just north and west of Long Island. But as we move through the evening a few storms will be possible.
Heading into tomorrow, scattered storms will be a bit more likely on Long Island as the cold front moves closer. The storms could happen at any time, but will be most likely during the afternoon and evening. Any of the storms could put down a lot of rain in a hurry, so localized flooding will be the biggest concern.
The rain has finally come to an end! Over 10 inches of rain in total fell across parts of Long Island from this past weekend through yesterday. Today the sunshine returns and the temperatures spike back into the 80's. Unfortunately the dry weather is short lived, showers and storms return Thursday evening and Friday.
A slow-moving area of low pressure brought torrential downpours to Long Island Saturday night through much of Sunday. Rain showers continued right through much of Monday as well causing some widespread flooding damage. Lido Beach reported the highest storm total of 10.87", which is nearly a foot of rainfall! Wantagh recorded 10.54" of rain while North Massapequa got 10.11" of rain. In Suffolk County, West Islip received the highest rain total of 9.18".
Fortunately, that storm is finally pulling away and we saw some breaks of sunshine this afternoon. In the wake of this system, Long Island will enjoy a picture perfect day weather-wise on Wednesday with plenty of sunshine, low humidity, and highs in the low to mid 80's. The next chance of rain will arrive Thursday night through Friday, but that storm won't bring nearly as much rainfall as the weekend deluge.
We are kicking the weekend off in fine style across Long Island this Friday evening. The weather is picture perfect with clear skies, light winds, low humidity, and comfortably mild temperatures. We'll enjoy another comfortably cool night tonight as temperatures will fall into the 50's in many areas.
Saturday will be gorgeous again with sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid 80's during the afternoon. Humidity will increase, so it will certainly feel warmer than it has over the past 48 hours. But overall, Saturday will be the best day of the weekend for outdoor plans.
By Sunday, we will be looking at mostly cloudy skies and humid conditions. An area of low pressure heading eastward out of the Great Lakes will also give us a chance of showers and thunderstorms. The showers and storms will be possible at any time, but most likely during the afternoon and evening. Highs on Sunday will be near 80 degrees.
We enjoyed a great day across Long Island with sunny skies and low humidity. A refreshing northwesterly wind added to the comfortable feel of the day. Heading into tonight, we will enjoy one of the coolest nights we have had in quite some time. Low temperatures will be in the 50's across most of Long Island. Friday will be another great day with sunny skies, low humidity, and highs in the low 80's. The weekend will feature increasing humidity, so get out and enjoy the wonderful weather on Friday!
At Islip MacArthur Airport, this past July was the 3rd hottest on record. The average temperature, which takes into account both the afternoon highs and morning lows, was 77.6 degrees. Normally, our average temperature in July is 74.1 degrees so we were 3.5 degrees above average for the month. The record for the hottest July was set in 1999 when the average temperature was 78.6 degrees.
FiOS1 News viewer Christopher Cosentino sent us this video of yesterday's hailstorm that swept through the area. You can see windows being broken by the large hailstones and Christopher said that several employees' car windows were shattered as well.
HEMPSTEAD — It's a night of severe weather for the island and a hail storm raged in Hempstead. These videos were shot on Peninsula Boulevard and shows varying sizes of hail smacking the cars. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 10 p.m.
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