By MARK HANOK
Very quickly, we went from a dry weather pattern to an exceptionally wet weather pattern. During the first 13 days of July, we got only sixth-tenths of an inch of rain at our weather station in Otego. From Friday night through early Wednesday morning, we got four inches of rain, bringing the monthly total to over five and a half inches. That’s because of a series of heavy showers and thunderstorms associated with wave of low pressure moving along a stationary front, and abundant tropical moisture.
We’ll get a break on Friday as a weak cold front slides to our south and a light northwest flow takes over. Skies will be mostly sunny with lower humidity and highs from 80 to 85 degrees. Over the weekend, pleasant weather will prevail most of the time, but the front will not be far to the south, and the air will become unstable due to the strong mid-summer sun heating the air at the surface and colder air aloft.
Skies will be partly sunny on Saturday, with moderate levels of humidity and highs from 78 to 84 degrees; there’s the chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon or evening.
For the all-important Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in Cooperstown on Sunday, skies will be partly sunny and it will be moderately humid, but scattered showers and thunderstorms could develop at any time. Any rain will be brief in duration, however; highs will be 75 to 80 degrees. Abundant tropical moisture will be just to the south early next week, and a humid pattern will take over again in our area. Although skies will be partly sunny most of the time on Monday and Tuesday, there will be scattered showers and thunderstorms each afternoon and evening; highs will be from 75 to 80 degrees.
Mark Hanok is an Otego based meteorologist. You can visit him on the World Wide Web at http://members. aol.com/weathergazette.
By MARK HANOK
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