Friday Discussion : Sunshine After the Rain

After a dark and stormy night, the sunshine and blue skies have returned to the Hudson Valley. Looking at the 11am Satellite, Radar, and Temperature map, you can see the front has shifted east of our region, and the clouds and rain associated with it have also pushed east of the Hudson Valley. Our winds have shifted from being out of the south, to a west/northwest flow. That has pulled some much drier air, and dropped temps from the low 70s, into the low 60s. (even some 50s in the Catskills).
For our Friday afternoon, expect lots of sunshine and blue skies, accompanied by a few fair weather clouds from time to time. Low humidity and WNW winds will be with us, and afternoon highs in the low 70s are expected. A fantastic Friday afternoon of weather for the valley.
Tonight, expect some cool and comfortable conditions, as light winds out of the SW keep us from getting too chilly overnight. Lows in the upper 40s to low 50s are expected around the region.
Then on Saturday, partly cloudy skies with a SW wind should give us afternoon highs in the mid 70s. We’ll need to watch a weak disturbance riding up the coast along the lingering frontal boundary, and a cold front approaching from the northwest. We will watch for the potential of increasing clouds and a stray rain shower late Saturday into Saturday night, but we will likely get sandwiched in between these features as they pass by, and the Hudson Valley is likely to remain dry. Other than that slight chance at clouds and a shower… an outstanding weather weekend appears likely for the Hudson Valley. TGIF
The radar estimated rainfall totals from Thursday are quite impressive.  Showing a widespread 1 to 2 inch rainfall event, with some locally higher amounts found… especially in the higher elevations.

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