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  • Near Hurricane Force Gusts

    The NYBG weather station across from the Fordham University Entrance measured a 64mph wind gust at 11:15 last night. That’s just a few blocks from the vacant building collapse in Belmont. Another gust was measured at 74mph at that location, (seems high, but not impossible), which is Category 1 Hurricane force. A lightning strike coincided at that time—the only strike detected that hits the boroughs directly. More than 156 cloud to ground strikes occurred in a 15 minute period, around 11pm. Cloud tops soared to summertime heights. Local airports recorded gusts as high as 55 mph.
    Today’s weather starts with dense fog along the coastline, with spotty showers midday. While this morning began in the mid 50s, the evening will be much cooler in the 40s as the wind switches direction during the day. Winds pick up tonight, gusting to 25 mph, clearing out the clouds, and dropping tomorrow morning’s wake up weather to 33°. Tomorrow will be windy and cold, but sunny. No clouds are forecast for tomorrow; however, the persistent wind and cold will make it feel like the 20s all day. Highs struggle to leave the 30s on Friday.
    The weekend stays sunny and turns milder by Sunday. March starts like lamb.

  • Clouds, light showers and gusty winds take us into Thursday evening after a day with temperatures 16 degrees above average. Temperatures cool through the overnight under a gradually clearing sky and gusty winds to a low around the point of freezing. We get the sunshine back Friday through the weekend. Highs will only reach the 30s and 40s Friday and Saturday, low to mid 50s for Sunday and Monday.
  • February Returns

    Today’s wind chill was in the upper teens before dawn. Wind gusts at daybreak neared 40mph. The winds from the Northwest remain all day, as high temperatures struggle to leave the 30s under mostly sunny skies. Winds relax tonight under clear skies. As a result, temperatures cool off even further to the low 20s for Saturday morning. Both days this weekend will feature clear sky, as highs warm into the lower 50s on Sunday, mid 50s by Monday. Cold weather returns midweek, following rain on Wednesday.
  • Get Ready for a Nice Weekend

    A mostly clear sky with winds beginning to tapper-off late as overnight lows fall to the mid-20s, which is well below average as we approach the end of February. High pressure will be south of the tri-state area Saturday which will allow for a fair sky and a southwesterly wind profile. Low pressure will move east from the upper Midwest over the weekend and early next week bringing the potential for our next chance of storms by the middle of next week.
  • Sun Showers

    The warmth from yesterday’s very mild day lingered into the overnight, helping this morning start about 10 degrees above average. High temperatures today will once again try to reach the upper 50s, but midday showers prevent the 60° that we enjoyed yesterday. After the sunny start today, clouds return with light, spotty rain from 10am to 2pm. The sun should be back by 2:30pm today with a gusty breeze that lasts into tonight. Tomorrow is dry, clear and cool. Wednesday brings back rain before dawn, that likely changes to wet snow by midday. The snow ends so quickly that there’s no accumulation. Thursday is sunny and cold, but Friday will be our next chance for light snow. Most of Friday’s storm stay to our South, but enough snow should fall to wet the roads—too early to tell if it will accumulate by Friday afternoon. Saturday and Sunday look clear and seasonable cool.

  • The Last Day of November

    Temperatures were 14 to 16 above average with rainfall from 0.05 to 0.07 of an inch as we close out the month of February. We remain dry with seasonal temperatures until the Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday when a storm system brings another round of wind and rain to the borough that should end before noon Wednesday.

  • Watching Closely

    Friday’s snow comes too close for comfort to completely write off the chance of accumulation. It’s one to watch in the coming days. As far as today’s weather: clear skies and cooler breezes will make today feel about 10-15 degrees cooler than yesterday. Afternoon clouds lead to an overcast evening that brings rain after midnight tonight. That rain lasts through tomorrow morning’s commute only, with sunshine quickly returning after 9am Wednesday. A dry, chilly breezes starts blowing tomorrow afternoon to clear out the skies into tomorrow night, and keep the sun shining all day on Thursday. The wind chill on Thursday morning will be back in the upper teens, with afternoon highs on Thursday only staying the 30s. That cold air interacts with moisture to the South on Thursday night, likely letting it snow for Friday morning. How rapidly that storm intensifies to our South, and its proximity, will determine how much snow falls. Today’s forecast for Friday looks like minimal snowfall accumulations, with just light snow or even just flurries throughout the day on Friday; however, since this is March, we can’t underestimate its potential for last minute change.

  • A Pleasant Start to March

    It was beautiful day across the borough, complete with abundant sunshine and temperatures 8 degrees above average. I hope you enjoyed it because low pressure is over the Ohio Valley this evening and heading in our direction. You’ll see increasing and thickening clouds through Tuesday evening, followed by rain that may be heavy at times as well as gusty winds as well as a few rumbles of thunder after 11pm. The rain should end during the early morning commute leaving between a ¼ and ½ inch. High pressure quickly moves in bringing a clearing sky before the end of the morning commute. Gusty winds and cooling temperatures are in the forecast for Wednesday.
  • Colder Trend

    The Springtime feel that we’ve enjoyed since the weekend is departing quickly. Highs today will feel cooler than yesterday: only in the mid 40s with gusty breezes. Tomorrow’s high is even cooler in the 30s. Speaking of cold, light snow returns around 1am Friday, accumulating to small amounts, less than 3 inches, by 1pm when the system wraps up and pulls away. Historically, winter storms that take a similar track, leave no more than 3-5 inches in a worst case scenario. The timing isn’t ideal, considering snow will be falling during the morning rush; however, with the rapid clearing Friday afternoon, the weather should cooperate for Friday evening plans. Most of the snow that sticks, won’t be on the roads anyway…it has been a little too warm for that. Sunshine on Saturday is followed by clouds and maybe a flurry on Sunday. The weather turns much milder by the middle of next week. Upper 60s are very likely. 70 won’t be impossible in the area.

  • Not done with winter

    Thursday was a cold day with temperatures 6 to 8 degrees below average. Winter weather is still with us as a light snow is in the forecast and beginning after midnight and ending during the late morning hours of Friday. Snow accumulations are forecasted to range from a trace to an inch. Once this system moves out, high pressure will move in from the west, setting us up for a nice weekend as temperatures make a steady climb to the 60s by the middle of next week.

  • Spring weather for much of this week

    Thanks to high pressure off of the southeast coast, we’ll have a southerly flow that will bring well above average temperatures to the borough for this week. Monday’s temperatures were as follows: Central Park…60/36, LaGuardia…60/37 and JFK…51/34. These temperature were 4 to 9 degrees above average.

    Tuesday...Average High: 47...Forecast High: 64...Record High: 74 - 1987

    Wednesday... Average High: 47...Forecast High: 73...Record High: 69 - 2000

    Thursday... Average High: 48...Forecast High: 72...Record High: 91 - 2006

  • The warm-up continues

    It’s felt like spring for the boroughs under a mix of sun and clouds with highs and lows of 67/47 at Central Park, 64/43 at LaGuardia and 61/40 at JFK. Overall, we were 12 to 17 degrees above average for Tuesday, March 8th. Thanks to a Bermuda High pressure system (normally a summer pattern), Wednesday’s forecast high is 73 degrees. Wednesday’s record high is 69 set in 2000. Temperatures will cool to from the 70s to the 60s and 50s for the weekend with a chance of showers on Monday. That said, it looks like we’ll have pleasant weather for at least the next 5 days.

  • Record Heat

    While the Winter months of January and February were only 2 degrees above average, all of December’s record warmth (13.1° above average) is technically included in climatological Winter; therefore, we led the US in the record warm Winter for the contiguous United States since national records have been kept. Warm weather is the new norm for the next few weeks, as records will be tied or broken today across many locations. This morning’s haze will lift, helping to quickly warm the air to the mid 70s by midday. Tonight is still mild in the 50s with increasing clouds. Tomorrow is much cloudier, with highs still managing to make the mid 70s; however, the rain begins late tomorrow night. Showers should wrap up by daybreak Friday. Sunshine returns Friday morning, with a cooler, and less humid feel. The weekend is slightly cooler with sunshine as highs only reach the 50s, closer to the average high of 45°.

    After some rain on Monday and Tuesday, the torch heat returns again by Wednesday and lasts into St. Patrick’s Day. Highs will easily be in the 70s again. A brief cooldown returns again for next weekend.

  • Wednesday was a beautiful day with high thin clouds with daytime highs of 77 at Central Park, 75 at LaGuardia and 62 at JFK. For the day, temperatures were 12 to 21 degrees above average. This trend will continue through Thursday as high pressure off the mid-Atlantic and southeast coast pumps in warmer air from the south. We could have a second day of record breaking warmth.

    Record Highs for Thursday
    Central Park: 74 set in 2006
    LaGuardia: 74 set in 2006
    JFK: 71 set in 2006

  • Turning cooler after 2 days of record breaking temperatures

    Thursday was day two of record breaking temperatures with a high of 79 recorded at Central Park and 78 recorded at LaGuardia. High pressure is currently drifting east of the mid-Atlantic allowing a cold front to bring showers to the borough tonight and ending before the Friday morning commute. Behind the front is high pressure that will bring a fair sky for Saturday and cooler temperatures through the weekend. Get ready for a fairly unstable weather pattern for the start of next week.

  • Another day of above average temperatures with a record breaking 68 degrees at JFK. The old record of 65 was set in 2014. Overall we were 20 to 22 degrees above average.

    Don’t forget to set all clocks ahead 1-hour Saturday night as we begin Daylight Saving Time. Also, take this time to change the batteries in all smoke and carbon-dioxide detectors. It could save your life!

    High pressure will bring pleasant weather through most of the weekend. Another round of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will bring us clouds and rain early next week.

    Have a safe and pleasant weekend,

  • Gray and gloomy weather for much of the week

    The week began under a cloudy sky, periods of rain and gusty winds that made it feel like it was in the 20s and the 30s during the late afternoon / early evening hours. Over all we were 4 to 7 degrees above average with highs and lows of 51 / 40 for Central Park, 52 / 41 for LaGuardia and 51 / 44 for JFK. Rainfall amounts ran from 0.17 to 0.37”. Our weather will remain unsettled for much of this week as low pressure slowly moves in from the plains.

  • Improving

    This morning’s light drizzle and low clouds aided the perception that another dreary and chilly day would be upon us. Not the case. This afternoon’s weather improves dramatically, allowing us to enjoy the later sunset, with clear sky, for the first time since Daylight Saving Time began on Sunday morning. Sunset is at 7:05pm. Tomorrow’s forecast keeps the clear sky around, with a mild afternoon in the 60s. Simply gorgeous. While St. Patrick’s day will start cloudy with sprinkles, most of that weather clears out by the beginning of the parade, allowing for partly sunny skies on 5th Ave with temperatures in the low 50s. Friday is much cooler in the 40s only. Saturday is like a throwback to Winter with chilly air, wind chills in the 20s and wake-up temperatures around freezing. At least the weekend starts sunny and dry. A storm stays offshore Sunday, but help carry-in very cold air with gusty winds. Temperatures begin to moderate next week, with another warm-up late next week.

  • Winter is slowly ending

    It was another gray and chilly day for the boroughs with temperatures 7 to 10 degrees above average and only a trace of rainfall recorded at LaGuardia and JFK. We’ll continue to have a partly to mostly cloudy sky with a chance of a few light rain showers through Friday as temperatures cool to from the upper 50s and low 60s to the 40s by the weekend. Spring officially begins on Sunday March 20th at 12:30AM.

  • Pick of the Week!

    Today’s weather will be exceptional for Springtime. A rapid warmup from this morning’s cool and calm start helps afternoon highs reach the mid 60s with mostly sunny skies morning and midday. Clouds begin to return late this afternoon as light spotty showers arrive for this evening. The daylight hours will be dry. Not every neighborhood sees rain tonight, and all chances of wet weather are done by midnight. Tomorrow begins clear, dry and mild with afternoon highs once again in the low and mid 60s. Despite St. Patrick’s Day weather beginning bright and mild, there will be some late afternoon “Irish Blessings” (sun showers) to accompany parade goers. Like tonight, tomorrow’s rain is similarly light, spotty and brief. Friday begins the epic cool down that helps Spring start on Sunday with very cold weather. While Saturday is sunny, it will be very cold with wake up weather in the 20s, and afternoon highs struggling to hit 40°. Sunday begins cold and dry: the rain/snow chances are little thanks to a large nor’easter staying too far enough to our east to affect us. Only freezing temps will be a threat to the NYC Half runners. Monday and Tuesday stay unseasonably cold. Late next week warms again to unseasonably mild highs.

  • Overall, Wednesday was not a bad day with a fair sky early and temperatures 9 to 15 degrees above average. Ahead of our next frontal boundary are clouds, showers and thunderstorms that will cross the boroughs during the early evening hours. Partial clearing will take place overnight, setting us up for a pleasant start to Saint Patrick’s Day with only a slight chance of late day showers and highs from the upper 50s to the low 60s.

  • St Patrick’s Forecast

    If St. Patrick can drive snakes away, maybe he can drive snow away too? One can only hope and pray. Accumulating snow is looking very likely for the boroughs this weekend. In the last 24 hours, new data from across the board shows light snow beginning Sunday midday, with an increasing intensity into Sunday night. The “out to sea” scenario that I wrote about yesterday is still likely, but there’s currently less and less of a chance that occurs. It’s too early to give specifics on amounts, but here’s a new wrench to throw into the mix: do you remember hearing about the "European Model" and how it accurately predicted Sandy? That same computer model just received another big resolution upgrade last week. The data is the highest quality that has even been available for any weather model, but it disagrees with the now lower-power American GFS model for this weekend's storm in NYC. The Euro shows more snow later, while the American GFS begins the snow early Sunday, but accumulates to MUCH less. To be fair, these El Niño related storms have intensified rapidly this past winter, so the harder and later scenario may have some validity. By tomorrow, the end of the storm on Monday will be within modeling range view, and updates will be given for timing, impacts, and amounts.

    Enjoy the sunny and mild weather today—almost a carbon copy of yesterday’s warmth. Any afternoon sun showers today last only a few minutes. The weather begins to become colder tomorrow evening with bitterly cold winds. Saturday begins with brilliant sunshine but frigid air. Clouds arrive Saturday afternoon in advance of Sunday’s storm.

  • Sunday Storm

    There was quite a change overnight regarding guidance and
    how it sends Sunday’s storm back out to sea.
      The good thing is that it’s
    guidance, not gospel.
      This change has also occurred two days prior to
    every snowstorm this past year.
      Then, as the storm approached, snowfall
    numbers went back up the day before the storm.
      I’m trying to play
    meteorologist by not regurgitating the very fickle data every 6 hours.
    stay the course and plan for about 2-3” of snow to begin falling late Sunday
      Some of that snow could fall heavily Sunday afternoon and
    If the storm goes east, the best chance is getting an inch is
      If the storm hugs the coast, then the worst case scenario would
    be on the table, indicating 4-8” by Monday morning sunrise.
    As of today, there
    is a low chance of that happening.
      That could change with tonight’s new

    While the snow begins with flurries around 11am Sunday, most
    of the storm is done by 2am Monday, and  the roads and sidewalks should be
    in good shape.
      Mostly cloudy skies with cold, gusty winds linger all day
    Monday—Happy Spring.
      Tuesday brings back sunshine with a milder breeze by
    the end of next week.


  • Canadian high pressure will give us a fair sky and below average temperatures for Saturday as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico moves northeast and here by Sunday. A late season winter storm / Nor’easter will bring winds gusting from 25 to 30mph, highs in the 30s and 40s as well as snow beginning during the late morning early afternoon hours of Sunday. Early snowfall estimates are from 2 to 4 inches with isolated higher amounts by late Sunday / early Monday. Any accumulating snow will not be around for long as daytime highs climb from the mid-40s on Monday to the low 60s by Wednesday. Get ready for a messy Sunday and Monday!

  • Holy Week Heat

    After the snowy start to Spring, highs rebound to above average by this afternoon. Mostly sunny skies return to help melt any accumulation that fell overnight. While tonight will still be chilly in the low 30s, the ground will be dry (no re-freeze) thanks to a later sunset at 7:10pm. Sunny weather is back through Wednesday. Holy Thursday may have extra clouds and a brief shower, but the whole day will be very mild in the upper 60s to around 70. Brilliant sunshine returns on Good Friday. Easter weekend begins dry and sunny on Saturday, but may turn wet by Easter Sunday.

  • Milder Trend

    Warmer weather is still scheduled to arrive beginning tonight, as clouds blanket the skies, preventing the air temperature from dropping back into the 30s. Tomorrow begins about 15 degrees milder than this morning with clouds clearing out by the afternoon. Highs will reach the mid 60s tomorrow. Thursday is easily the warmest day this week. Some fog and haze on Thursday morning should lift by the afternoon allowing highs to near 70 with a pleasant touch of humidity. Showers arrive early on Friday, but should clear by the late afternoon—it’s too early to give specific timing on Friday afternoon’s rainfall end time. Saturday will be sunny, dry and cool as highs remain in the mid 50s, pretty much how it will feel today. Signs are pointing to Sunday’s rain arriving later that day, meaning that Sunday morning weather will be dry, and the rain should arrive later Sunday afternoon.

  • Much Warmer

    Todays highs will near 70° thanks to the combination of the warm front arriving early (during the course of this morning) and sunshine lasting all afternoon. This morning began at a starting temperature of 50° and that will help today’s highs reach the pleasantly warm mark. Tomorrow may only sit in the upper 60s thanks to extra clouds and a bit of developing fog, but the afternoon should still be dry. Friday starts with clouds, showers and fog. The showers will most likely linger into the afternoon, but become much lighter closer to Friday evening. Saturday starts dry and sunny, albeit cooler, and Sunday’s trend of drier weather is still looking good. I think Easter Sunday’s showers don’t arrive until later Sunday night.

  • Spring Showers

    Yesterday’s afternoon sunshine was the perfect complement to the 71° high. Today’s cooler weather is due to clouds coinciding with a breezy east wind, blowing off of 43° ocean temperatures. Highs probably won’t leave the upper 50s today. Tomorrow morning begins wet, with showers ending by 4-5pm. Skies may actually turn clear by late tomorrow afternoon. The clear trend lasts into the Easter weekend—sunny and cool for Sunday morning services. Monday starts wet with showers, but Tuesday’s cooler weather is seasonable for the end of March.

  • A Windy Tuesday!

    Peak wind gusty for Tuesday were 43 mph at Central Park, 46 mph at LaGuardia and 52 mph for JFK. Our gusty winds will continue to subside through Tuesday night and dry will continue as high pressure moves in from the west. Increasing clouds are in the forecast by Thursday as low pressure over the Midwest draws moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Periods of rain with possible thunderstorms are in the forecast for Friday followed by a cool down for the weekend and early next week.

  • From spring back to winter!

    We’re beginning the month of April with temperatures 13 to 23 degrees above average. 79 at Central Park, 78 at LaGuardia and 66 at JFK. I hope you enjoyed these well above average temperatures as a blast of cold, wind-driven air is in the forecast that will only allow for highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s and 30s Sunday through Wednesday of next week.

    The National Weather Service has issued a HIGH WIND WATCH from 12am – 12pm Sunday. West winds sustained from 20-30 mph, gust 55-60 mph. There is potential for downed trees and power lines that could cause scattered power outages.

  • Arctic in April

    This morning’s wind chill feels like 15°. Winds will gust to 30mph until noon. The afternoon will be sunny, windy and cold for the Yankee home opener with a wind chill in the 30s. The weather has been worse on Opening Day: a blizzard occurred for 1982’s opening day, postponing the game. In 1996, they actually played the home opener in falling, wet snow. The coldest home opener in the last 30 years was in 2003 when the first pitch wind chill was 25°. Today’s wind chill will be 33° at 1:05pm at the stadium.

    Tomorrow’s weather remains clear, but calm. That calm, dry air will help temperatures drop into the low 20s (even colder than this morning) due to clear sky. Another Freeze Warning occurs tonight, lasting until 10am tomorrow. All-day light rain returns Thursday with highs near average in the 50s. Showers clear by the morning commute on Friday. Another round of serious cold arrives for this weekend. Record lows will be, not broken, but shattered on Sunday morning. Windy weather will once again make the morning feel like the low teens. Next week’s weather begins to moderate to a seasonably average feel.

  • Rain and Wind

    While today’s weather will be pleasantly milder than yesterday, clouds veil the sunshine this afternoon and breezes begin to pick up once again. The wind will be from a Southerly direction, allowing for a rapid rise in temperatures, quickly ending today’s freeze warning. Tonight remains dry and cool; however, tomorrow morning begins wet and windy with damp conditions as light rain begins falling before dawn. The rain will become steadier throughout the day tomorrow. The worst of the wind and the warmest of the day will be early, with strong gusty breezes diminishing tomorrow afternoon as colder air arrives by 2pm Thursday. Friday is seasonably chilly and dry with partly to mostly sunny skies. The weekend is downright COLD. A few flurries are possible at some point Saturday, but not a guarantee. We’ll be in between weather systems Saturday night into Sunday. This atmospheric imbalance will create gusty North winds that help to shatter record lows Sunday morning. The wind chill at dawn Sunday will be 15° with gusts to 35mph. The record low to beat is 28°: forecast is 25° on Sunday morning.

  • From Cold and Dry to Cool, Wet and Windy!

    Wednesday was another day of sunshine filled skies and temperatures 9 to 12 degrees below average. Thanks to southerly winds and a mostly cloudy sky, we’ll actually see temperatures rise after midnight. Wake-up temperatures will range from the upper 40s to the low 50s and you will keep to keep an umbrella handy especially during the afternoon and early evening hours of Thursday as a cold front crosses the region. A gusty southerly wind can be expected as well as periods of rain that may be heavy at times with rainfall estimates from a half inch to an inch by Friday morning. Temperatures are forecasted to fall back to the 40s for highs this weekend.

  • Horizontal Downpours

    The rain and wind this afternoon will make any trek outside a challenge. Gusts up to 50mph today will be accompanied by downpours that could drop up to one inch of rain by 10pm tonight. Wind advisories and gale warnings have been posted through 8pm. The wind will be blowing from the South and Southeast all day, keeping temperatures in the mid-50s. The worst of the wind and rain begins around 11am, and ends by 8pm. Tomorrow clears out with partial sunshine, but cools into the 40s. Saturday brings another round cold with late afternoon sprinkles and mixed with snowflakes. No accumulation. Most of the energy with Saturday afternoon’s snow and rain stays south of the boroughs. Sunday still starts with record cold with wind chills in the teens most of the morning despite plenty of sunshine all day. The rest of next week moderates to average April temperatures.

  • Windy and Wet

    After today’s light morning rain, the afternoon briefly clears for some brighter skies. Afternoon highs climb into the 50s and stay in the 50s tonight. Winds pick up tonight, gusting to near 40mph late. Unlike this morning’s light and spotty rain, tomorrow morning’s rain will be steady, with less wind, but wraps up by the early afternoon Tuesday. Clear, mild air takes over by tomorrow evening. Wednesday starts a gradual warming trend that lasts through Monday of next week. Highs will be in the 70s by this weekend. Beyond tomorrow, there is no significant rain on the 7 day.

  • Nice weather is on the way!

    We started the new work and school week under a mostly cloudy sky, a few scattered showers and daytime highs as much as 2 degrees above average thanks to active southerly winds. Clouds and showers are in the forecast as a cold front moves northeast across the region. Periods of rain may be heavy at times during Tuesday morning followed by clearing by Tuesday afternoon. High pressure moves in behind the front starting a trend of pleasant weather that will take us through the remainder of the work and school week.

  • Rain to Sun

    Today’s weather pleases both crowds. Those who like the rain enjoy steady showers this morning. Sun lovers get chance for beautiful weather after 2pm today, and for the next 6 days. Even though this morning started very mild, chilly weather returns tonight after a dry and breezy finish to the day. Calm breezes and sunny weather lasts through the weekend, allowing for highs to climb well above the average of 60°. Sunday/Monday is the warmest pair of days. Both are easily in the low 70s. After this morning, the next chance for rain is one week away.

  • Weekend Warmup

    While this weekend will feel great with near 70° highs and mostly sunny skies, the warm weather won’t last. Next week shows a cooler trend starting Tuesday, as morning lows begin each morning well below average. Some spots could near freezing mid-week. Tuesday’s shower chances are also low, as we enter a drier than average period. The long-range forecast through early May indicates below average precipitation. Temperatures should moderate back to the 62° average by next weekend.

  • The Nice Weather Continues!

    The pleasant spring weather continues for the borough as high pressure is nearly stationary over southeastern Canada. As we get into this weekend the high will drift south generating a southerly flow that will bump daytime highs from the 60s to the low and mid-70s by Sunday and Monday. At this point, it looks like the next best chance of wet weather will be Monday night into Tuesday. We could use some rain as we are about an inch below average for the month of April and just over 4 inches below average for the season which began on March 1st.

  • Dry and Calm

    The mild weather today turns downright warm by Monday. Due to the low humidity, the temperature swings between day and night will be greater: overnights still turn very chilly, and afternoon highs warm into the mid-70s. The shower chances are still very small on Tuesday (a possible spritz…by no means a washout), followed by a cool-down by the middle of next week. The cooldown, however, is brief: it warms right back up by next weekend. The blocking pattern in the atmosphere prevents any weather systems from affecting our weather—that’s why we’re enjoying this long stretch of dry weather.

    After the strong El Niño winter, NOAA is dropping hints about the general weather pattern entering a La Niña phase for this Summer/Fall. Typically, that doesn’t change the average weather patterns in the Northeast US, but La Niña years historically makes hurricane season more active, strengthening the tropical cyclones that form and driving them into the US coastline more frequently.

  • A Great Weekend!

    A dome of high pressure will drift from southeast Canada southward over the next two days. As a result, our pattern of pleasant weather will continue through the weekend with highs in the 60s and 70s. The next chance of rain will not be until Monday night into Tuesday.

  • Warmest Day

    Of this sunny and dry stretch, today is the warmest by far: at least 17° above normal. It has been as warm as the mid-90s on this day in the past. Tonight’s clouds arrive by daybreak tomorrow, but fail to bring a drop of rain. Tuesday begins overcast, with full sunshine returning by early afternoon. The air will still be dry but much, much cooler. Some 30s are likely by Wednesday morning. The sunny, dry stretch lasts until Thursday evening with increasing clouds. Friday is a washout. All that rain plaguing the Midwest with flooding, makes its way east and gives the entire region a good soaking; however, no more than an inch is expected. Rain clears by Saturday morning, leading to a sunny and mild Saturday afternoon. Sunday remains dry and seasonably cool. Early next week should start cooler than average.

  • A nice start to the week

    This week begins under a sunshine filled sky and temperatures 10 to 13 degrees above average. The following were recorded:

    Central Park: 82/51
    LaGuardia: 80 /49
    Kennedy: 78/45

    A back door cold front will bring clouds to the boroughs tonight through the first half Tuesday. Unfortunately, the next best chance of rain is not until Friday as we are still dominated by high pressure. We do need some rain as we are looking at a rainfall deficit since March.

    Due to the dry weather condition since March and gusty northwesterly winds in the forecast for Tuesday along with relative humidity valued from 20 to 25%, the National Weather Service has issued a FIRE WEATHER WATCH from Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening. If a fire starts, it will easily spread. Be careful with open flames and discarded cigarettes.

  • What's a “Fire Weather Warning?”
    When winds are gusty, the air is dry, and there's no steady rain for days, the risk of a brush fire to start and spread rapidly is very likely. This, according to the US National Park Service, only happens via two ways, naturally. 10% of wildfires are caused by heat lightning (when a lightning strike accompanies a dry thunderstorm without rain) and lava. Humans are to blame for the rest. Since Bambi doesn't smoke cigarettes, all brush fires in our region this week are attributed to human activity. Improper disposal of smoldering butts into the curb (that could roll into the grass) can ignite into fast moving flames today and tomorrow. Also, sparks from power tools and train wheels, grinding along the tracks, are common sources of brush fires in early Spring. Why aren't Fire Weather Warnings/Red Flag Warnings issued during long dry stretches in the Summer months? That's because there are leaves on the trees and the grass is green in the summer. Before the ground "greens up" and holds moisture, the dry weather parches the soil. Also, the strong sun, shining through leafless tree branches, helps hasten this process. Without question, it is also much more humid during Summer, with dewy mornings.
    Today’s high fire risk lasts until 8pm when the winds relax; however, it likely could be issued again tomorrow and Thursday. Sunny weather lasts until Thursday afternoon, when clouds move in before Friday’s rainy day. Weekend is clear and cooler.
  • Pollen Problems

    Have you noticed that more and more tree buds opened in the last few days? As a result of the dry, sunny weather, tree pollen is beginning to rise rapidly. Yesterday’s count per cubic meter of air was 779 grains of pollen. Some of the types of trees that were detected included oak, which is typically signals the peak of tree allergen season is very near. Oak is one of the last pollinators of the tree season. News 12 Pollen Reports are a custom blend from Dr. Bielory from Robert Wood Johnson and Dr. Robinson from Fordham. Both facilities count the grains collected from 12pm to 12pm over the course of 24 hours. Since counting pollen grains is a manual process under a microscope, sometimes the count (that ends at noon) isn’t available until after 3 or 4pm, because the lab technician or allergist is STILL counting that late in the day! If it’s early afternoon, and the updated information still isn’t available, that’s when you know the numbers could be in the thousands. Dr. Bielory notes that “Over the next two weeks, birch and oak pollen will explode, with counts reaching into the thousands of grains per cubic meter air.”

    Dry weather persists today and tomorrow, with less wind; therefore, no fire weather warning. There is still an elevated risk of fire danger, however. After another 70° and sunny day tomorrow, clouds return tomorrow night, and create an overcast morning on Friday. The rain on Friday will be brief, likely only in the afternoon. Saturday starts dry, sunny and cool. Chilly weather returns for much of next week, with wet weather again beginning Monday night.

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