Long Island Heading For A Dreary Weekend As Ian Heads for South Carolina
Tropical Storm Ian is off the Florida coast and heading northeast. It is also showing signs of strengthening again and it could become a category 1 or even a low grade category 2 hurricane before it makes landfall again Friday along the South Carolina coast. For Long Island the core of the storm is not the issue. However Ian is at the bottom of a large area of moisture that extends out into the Atlantic. Ian heads northwest to the Appalachians while the rain along the coast and offshore moves northward. There are no issues Friday other than arirving clouds and highs in the 60s. Friday night and Saturday morning we will see around of rain. At the moment Long Island lies on the northern edge of the rain. Temperatures will settle in the upper 50s to lower 60s Friday night and Saturday. The wind will pick up from the northeast as well thanks to high pressure to the north and a tightening pressure gradient.
Rainfall amonts will be on the order of a half to as much as 3/4 inch in most places but note that just to the north in Connecticut the amounts drop off substantially while to the south they rise quite a bit so a slight shift here in ether direction could impact rain totals. Rain should move out Saturday afternoon but it will leave us in cloudy skies through Sunday and probably Monday as well. Sunday will be a rather dreary day with the chance for some patchy light rain or drizzle and highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Monday could also be cloudy as low pressure lies to the south and a strong high will be to our north, keeping us in a northeast flow of moist air. Ian by the will likely be translating itself east northeast off the Mid Atlantic coast but that remains the one variable here. If it doesn’t get out of the way quickly, it could prolong clouds and the risk for some rain.
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