Wednesday: Clouds mixed with sunshine, hot and humid. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms. High in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 50%.
Wednesday Night: Evening clouds and an isolated thunderstorm… followed by clearing skies, lower humidity and much cooler. Low in the mid to upper 50s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy skies, cooler and much less humid. High in the mid to upper 70s.
What is the story with all this heat!? Ok… I kid… but in a summer that is much cooler than what we’ve seen the past few years, days like Tuesday seem to stand out and seem abnormal. Poughkeepsie reached a high temperature on Tuesday of 88°… the hottest temperature so far this month. On the bright side, the humidity was low, so it was a comfortable heat. Days like Tuesday are something that many of us have been missing this summer. While not too many of us enjoy the oppressive heat and humidity that may come along with summer… I think that many of us do enjoy a few days like Tuesday. So I think all in all… Tuesday was enjoyed by most of us.
Wednesday is a big day for the Hudson Valley… at least to a weather statistic guy like me. You see, Poughkeepsie has not reached 90° yet this month, and Wednesday may be the last chance for Poughkeepsie to hit 90° this August. So the big question is… will Poughkeepsie get to the 90° mark? It’s going to be a very close call… and will depend on exactly how the weather plays out. Unlike Tuesday, Wednesday will be hot and humid. A southerly flow will usher in some extra humidity on Wednesday, and it will combine with the heat to give us a rather uncomfortable day across the Hudson Valley. A cold front will approach the area during the afternoon hours. If we get enough sun, the temps could approach 90° before the front reaches us between 2pm and 6pm.
The other question… is how many thunderstorms pop up along this cold front. It doesn’t appear to be a widespread thunderstorm event, but it does look as if a couple scattered thunderstorms… (and possibly even an isolated strong storm)… could impact some locations as the front passes by. We’ll have updates on the Facebook page as things unfold Wednesday afternoon. Behind the front… the flow shifts out of the NW, and the humidity exits the area. Thursday looks completely different… with a good deal of sun, low humidity, and temps in the mid to upper 70s. Right back to what we’ve come to expect this summer.
The cooler, drier air lasts into the weekend… at which time we could see a return of warm, humid air by Sunday… and that could bring with it the risk of thunderstorms. But that is several days away… so for now, just something that bears watching.
Hurricane Cristobal is up to 80mph, and beginning to strengthen out in the Atlantic. But as it strengthens, it will continue to head away from the United States, only threatening Bermuda with some tropical storm force winds. But even there, the worst of the storm will be well off to the northwest of the island. The biggest concern for the United States… will be the rip currents generated at beaches along the east coast, as Cristobal churns up the ocean. With Labor Day weekend coming up, this is definitely something beach goers need to be aware of.
Ok… that’s a wrap for me tonight. I’m getting better at putting these posts together. When I first joined HVW, the commentary wasn’t coming naturally, so it was taking me several hours to do the evening post. It’s still taking considerable time, but I’m becoming much more efficient. The fact that the posts are starting to write themselves again… for me… is making it refreshing and more fun. Sometimes I know I sound like a broken record at the end of these posts… but I do want to thank you for all the support since joining HVW. The combination of continued support from long time readers of MHW, and the wonderful welcome all the HVW fans have shown me… it’s been a busy, wild month… but extremely rewarding. So I thank you so much for that! And on that note… I’ll see you Wednesday night, have a great day on Wednesday!