NYC Weather Update - Jul 21, 2014

NYC Weather Update – Jul 21, 2014

This will be my last weather update for the next 3 weeks as I will be traveling to Costa Rica during that time.

Tuesday – things will heat up on Tuesday as the high pressure center responsible for the what has been a refreshingly cool and fair stretch of weather moves to the southeast. This will allow warm, tropical air to move back into the area, setting the stage for high temperatures to climb…

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Got a rare chance to see the decommissioned and partially dismantled USS Saratoga (CV-60) up close sitting in dock at Newport, RI (it will be moved at some point soon to be scrapped).

This Forrestal class supercarrier was active from 1956 to 1994, during which time it played a part in numerous naval combat operations. These include deployment to the Gulf of Tonkin and Vietnam in 1972, the Gulf of Sidra off Libya during 1986 agains the forces of Muammar Gaddafi, and Operation Desert Storm (the First Persian Gulf War).

It is hard to imagine that the derelict hulk of this once mighty vessel once housed over 5,000 sailors in support of an air wing of 70-90 fighter aircraft! Even in its current state, it is still quite imposing. 

The decision to scrap the Saratoga was made after unsuccessful attempts to turn it into a museum ship.

impromptu reflecting pool

impromptu reflecting pool

impromptu reflecting pool

impromptu reflecting pool

if you were hoping to duck out the rain in NYC, you might be out of luck. multiple thunderstorm cells have formed upstream from us (further southwest) and are tracking towards the northeast. this means the storms will train (traveling one after another hitting the same spot), enhancing risk of flash flooding

if you were hoping to duck out the rain in NYC, you might be out of luck. multiple thunderstorm cells have formed upstream from us (further southwest) and are tracking towards the northeast. this means the storms will train (traveling one after another hitting the same spot), enhancing risk of flash flooding

NYC Weather Update - Jul 15, 2014

NYC Weather Update – Jul 15, 2014

A correction from yesterday – I had said today may see less potential for severe weather. In fact, the Storm Prediction Center once again has most of the NYC metro area under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms later today.

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Based on current satellite trends, it does appear there will be some breaks in the clouds this morning and afternoon. This will allow sufficient sunshine and daytime…

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Storm Prediction Center Severe Thunderstorm Watch 418 - NYC Severe Weather

Some partial clearing this afternoon has allowed for steady destabilization of the air over the NYC region. Most of the NYC metro area except Suffolk county are included in this Severe Thunderstorm Watch which is in place until 8PM. 

A line of strong thunderstorms is approaching the region from central PA, moving NNE. These storms are expected to intensify as they encounter the very warm, humid, and unstable atmosphere here. Ahead of this line, there are several other clusters of storms that could also intensify into severe storms. 

Primary threat will be damaging winds along with the possibility of flash flooding.

NYC Weather Update - Jul 14, 2014

NYC Weather Update – Jul 14, 2014

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire NYC metro area in an area for a slight risk of severe weather today. A strong low pressure center over the Great Lakes and its associated cold front are slowly making their way towards the Eastern Seaboard. Despite the cloudiness today, forecasters are still fairly confident that atmospheric conditions will be favorable for the formation of severe…

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NYC Weekend Weather - Return of the Polar Vortex? - Jul 11, 2014

NYC Weekend Weather – Return of the Polar Vortex? – Jul 11, 2014

You may have heard from media reports that the dreaded polar vortex is set to make a return to the Eastern US during the middle of the coming week. I’ll discuss that in detail below. First, for the weekend forecast:

Today & Saturday – a very pleasant couple of days in the wake of the cold front that finally pushed through our area yesterday. You can feel a marked drop in humidity, and…

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NYC Afternoon Weather Update - Jul 9, 2014

NYC Afternoon Weather Update – Jul 9, 2014

The Storm Prediction Center has again placed western and interior portions of the NYC region under a slight risk for severe weather today. The atmospheric setup this afternoon is similar to yesterday, with plenty of solar heating and humid air leading to moderate instability. At this hour, CAPE values (a measure of instability) are already hitting 1500-2500 J/Kg across the area, with greater…

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