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July 1, 2008

Weather Watch

By MARK HANOK



It was nice to get a break from the very warm and humid weather during the past week, with a series of upperlevel low pressure systems and a northwesterly flow aloft. Exactly as we predicted, beautiful weather prevailed all weekend, as all the rain occurred at night and early in the morning.



During the upcoming week, we’ll go back to a warmer and more humid weather pattern, and more unsettled, as a series of low pressure systems continue the chance of showers and thunderstorms each day from Saturday through early next week.



On Friday, a light northwest flow will take over, around a weak area of high pressure, and skies will be partly to mostly sunny with moderate levels of humidity, and highs in the mid-80s.



On Saturday, skies will be partly sunny with more humid air, and highs in the lower 80s; there’s the chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon or evening, as a warm front approaches from the south and west. On Sunday, we’ll get variable cloudiness with intervals of sunshine, but thunderstorms will become more numerous in the afternoon and evening as the warm front moves through our area; highs will be from 77 to 82 degrees.



Skies will be partly sunny to mostly cloudy on Monday, warm and humid with highs in the low 80s; once again showers and thunderstorms will be around in the afternoon and evening.



As a weak cold front slides to the south on Tuesday, the most likely time for thunderstorms is during the morning;



otherwise there will be partly sunny skies and highs around 80 degrees.



Delightfully cool weather continued in the Cooperstown area on Thursday, as a large upper-level trough lifted slowly northward to James Bay, and high pressure moved eastward to the Ohio Valley. A light westerly flow prevailed, with partly sunny to occasionally mostly cloudy skies, and highs in the middle 60s and dew points in the upper 40s. Thunderstorms were scattered around New York State during the late afternoon after a thunderstorm at our weather station in Otego, temperatures dropped to the low 60s.

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