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Monday, June 2, 2014

June Has Arrived!

We hit a couple big meteorological milestones on June 1st.

It’s the start of meteorological summer! Instead of looking at the earth in relation to the sun for the astronomical seasons seen on your calendar, meteorologists like to keep things simple. Meteorological summer is the warmest quarter of the year: June, July and August. We’re finally here after a long and snowy winter! By the way, it will feel like summer the next couple of days with warmth and humidity building.

June 1st also marks the start of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season. Luckily, it looks like a quiet one with an average to below average season. Why? The National Weather Service is forecasting an El Niño year with above average temps in the equatorial Pacific. This can cause wind shear (wind direction and speed that changes a lot over a short distance) that can tear apart a growing storm’s circulation. The United States is in the middle of a major hurricane drought ( no one is complaining). The last major hurricane to make landfall was Hurricane Wilma in 2005, over 3000 days ago!

Now onto the weather forecast!

Today: Mostly sunny, warm. High: Upper 70s to low 80s.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, warmer and turning increasingly humid. Chance for a late day shower or storm, especially west of NYC. Any storms that develop will be slow movers which means some poor drainage flooding is possible. High: Low to mid 80s.

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