Heavy rain and gusty wind may impact the northeast United States through Monday due to a series of storm cells traveling toward the coast. As the first “real summer week” after Memorial Day, there may be cause to reconsider plans if they are to be held outside, said meteorologist Brian Wimer, according to MSN.
“During Sunday afternoon and evening, thunderstorms from western New York to northwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana will produce torrential downpours, localized damaging wind gusts and perhaps hail. The rain is expected to drop a general 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts. There can be isolated flash flooding with many more disruptions to travelers and those with outdoor plans.”
Heavy hit travel areas include Interstate 64 and Interstate 81. The storms and rain may reduce visibility to nearly zero and make any type of travel impossible. They may also cause flash flooding, a particularly dangerous situation in which roads become submerged quickly and sometimes deeply with water. AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said that cooler temperatures are behind the storms.
‘All thunderstorms will keep anyone with outdoor plans on edge for possible delays or postponements. As soon as thunder is heard, the risk of being struck by lightning is present. Following highs of near 70 F in Boston this weekend, temperatures will be held to the 50s on Monday with AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures struggling to climb out of the 40s. Temperatures, both actual and RealFeels, may be 10 degrees lower on Tuesday in Boston as the storm sits stubbornly over the Northeast, leading to continued wet and unsettled weather.”
Many people marveled at the unusually warm winter that preceded this spring, which was record-breaking in many locales. Similarly, the spring was rather strange in most of the eastern United States, with many places experiencing cooler temps than normal and snow into April. While tornado season saw lessened activity thus far this spring, the risk of severe weather will remain a threat. Weather is more unstable in the warmer months because cool air often collides with warmer air, which has been known to produce massive instability in weather patterns.
The risks of storms include things that are more commonly thought of, such as falling trees and being struck by lightning, and things people don’t tend to think of as often – washed out roads, lack of electricity,
and delayed access to emergency services because of these issues. People who are traveling when a storm hits should pull over if they cannot see the road, and they should never try to cross a water-covered roadway. The standing water may be deeper than thought, causing the vehicle to stall or even be washed away. Homeowners should secure loose items on their property and check windows and doors for stability. Trees that are dead should be cut down so that they are not blown down during what are sometimes high winds during a summer storm. Emergency kits should be kept in well-known areas that include bottled water, candles, northeastflashlights, and first aid kids. It is also helpful to have a battery-powered radio so that one can listen to reports.
Weather patterns in the northeastern United States are expected to change quickly after a few days of rain and cool temperatures, although some areas of the northeast may hold on to cool and dreary weather until the end of the week. However, few things are as fickle as the weather, and early computerized weather forecasts for next week are predicting that many locales are expecting the hottest temperatures that have been recorded this year, with many placeNortheastand Midwest regions potentially experiencing temperatures in the 90s.
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