Archive for May, 2012

31
May
12

I’ve seen better weekend weather :)

Make indoor plans this weekend, because a storm headed our way is going to be forced to HIT THE BREAKS Saturday, just to our north, and will spin rainshowers around..including our area, Sunday afternoon, Monday afternoon, before it begins moving again. And when it begins moving off, the air will become what is known in meteorological circles as…”conditionally unstable”. I’ve mentioned that before, and it is common in the Springtime, because the sun angle is becoming more overhead and daylength is increasing, so the low layers (ie where you and I live) can become much warmer tha the air aloft (5-10-20,000 feet)…so the moisture in the low level air becomes bouyant because of the heat of the day, condenses, and forms afternoon “sun-showers”, so to speak. So, even though the mornings from Tuesday through Thursday of next week may start out bright, the afternoons will feature frequent splash-and-dash showers and thundershowers. Temps, with the clouds and moisture, will be cooler, after Friday. So, make indoor plans this weekend, and be aware that from Monday through Thursday of next week, all bets are off after 11AMs each morning…until sunset each evening, because of “conditional instability”.

30
May
12

Quiet, cool, dry for 36 hours, but make indoor plans for the weekend!

The second of two cool fronts has now passed through, and with it, the heat and humidity get swept out to sea. In it’s place, a cool, dry airmass sinks in, which will last about 36 hours. However, a storm now forming over the central Plains will move in Friday, bringing rain in the afternoon. The steady rain from it will wind down early Saturday. However, as that storm moves into eastern Canada Saturday, it will encounter resistance, from two other storms, one to the northeast, in Newfoundland, and another tot he northwest, near the Arctic Circle. These will put the “block” on this storm, so that unfortunately for us, that storm will stall to our north, and spin down clouds, moisture, and thus, unsettled conditions Saturday on through Tuesday of next week. In addition, temps will be correspondingly cool, with the clouds and showers going on and off through then.

28
May
12

All kinds of happenings :)

I have a LAUNDRY list of stuff for you this night and week 🙂

Something for everyone!

First, “Sketch the Sky” wraps up tonight. Congrats to the winning school, which will be announced at 6pm on WUTR and at 10PM on WFXV!

Second, if you are into astronomy, I have something for you! This Wednesday, starting at 7PM, the SUNY Oneonta Department of Physics and Astronomy will present a FREE planetarium show, taking you on a virtual voyage through the solar system, galaxy, and universe! The planetarium is located in the basement of the Science 1 Building on West Dormitary Road, on campus. Registration is required, because seating is limited. Register here: http://employees.oneonta.edu/smolinjp/planetarium.html

Also, on June 5th, the Mohawk Valley Astronomy Society will have a (free) public gazing, called, “Venus transits the Sun”, from 6pm until sunset, at Sherrill Brook Park, in New Hartford. Here is more info: http://www.mvas-ny.org/PublicStarGazing.htm

I think I have something else that is slipping my mind, but I can always post it if and when I think of it. But that gives you some fun, indoor and outdoor, Summer stuff to do! And the best part is, all of it is free!

25
May
12

Holiday weekend odds and ends

A little drier Saturday, muggy Sunday (with a few PM thundershowers likely), and then hazy warm and humid for the holiday! It’s that simple. Highs Saturday near 80, low 80s Sunday, and upper 80s Monday!!!

Sylvan Beach the place to head this weekend, esp Saturday or Monday. Those water temps will be headed up. My understanding is that (Oneida) Lake temps are in the low 50s. So a bit chilly, but hey, it’s fun when it’s warm outside, right?

 

24
May
12

Another round of thunder coming Friday

A cool front, which by now, has lost alot of it’s “cool-ness”, is again marching in our direction, after having stalled across the western Great Lakes States. So, after another partly cloudy muggy night, and a similar start to Friday, a round of thundershowers is expected. I don’t see things that would tip me off to any severe storm formation, so I’m not overly concerned about that, so you don’t have to be either. But drier air will get here for Saturday, though I have doubts about Sunday. Sunday may go alot like the last couple days. With a PM storm.

23
May
12

Muggies stick around, rain threat ends this time

Muggy through Friday, then a break for the weekend. temps stay warm until next wednesday, when some noticeably cooler air pushes in. As for skies, low clouds and fog at night, hazy mixed sun and clouds by day. Next rain chace? Friday afternoon. After that? Maybe Monday, Memorial Day, afternoon.

22
May
12

Boiling pot of water

Think of the atmosphere like a pot of water on the stove. The pot of water is just that, until you turn the burner on, and then, the water starts bubbling up. That’s the atmosphere, with all the moisture fed into the area and then adding the heat of the day. When you have enough of both ingredients…moisture (pot of water), and heat of the day (burner turned on), you get these randomly placed, but weak thundershowers.  And of course, it quiets down at night because the second ingredient (sun-heat of the day) has gone down and so the heat isnt present. So, that makes these a little different, and far more difficult to forecast (because of the arndom placement of thee showers), than would be, say, a cold front…where the rain is in al ine along the front boundary, and moving steadily in one direction, all together.

So, in short, expect a repeat tomorrow, but maybe not Thursday. However, a cold front (cool front, really…not much cold air behind it this time), will likely set off a thundershower later Friday/evening…but the clouds will caelr out for a nice Saturday, and hopefully (bc I’m getting a little concerned about it), MOST of Sunday. And temps will remain above normal throughout. Humidity will remain high through Friday, a bit lowered by the passing of the front, for the weekend.