AccuWeather: Storms to Bring Rain, Gusty Winds to Eastern US Through Tuesday; Push of Cooler Temps
August 10, 2015
by Alex Sosnowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com
NEW YORK, NY – AccuWeather reports that as a storm system moves in from the Midwest, drenching downpours and the risk of flooding and gusty winds will increase across the Northeast and parts of the South through Tuesday.
While widespread severe weather is not likely, some of the more robust storms will have the potential to be damaging and disruptive. Sporadic power outages and localized torrential rain can occur. Lansing, Michigan, received close to 3 inches of rain in as many hours on Monday midday.
The storms will mark the leading edge of a push of slightly cooler and significantly less humid air.
People with outdoor plans ranging from baseball games and football practice to a day at the beach and construction projects could face disruptions. Sudden poor visibility can cause slow travel on area highways, while the proximity of severe thunderstorms to major airports may contribute to airline delays.
The risk of storms with frequent lightning strikes, blinding rain, flash flooding and strong wind gusts will stretch from the lower Great Lakes, southward through to the southern Appalachians and westward to the Ozarks during Monday afternoon and evening.
Into Monday evening, the locally gusty storms will stretch from Detroit and Toronto to Charleston, West Virginia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The storms will continue to push eastward Monday night and are forecast to extend from Montreal to Washington, D.C.; Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; and Atlanta.
During Tuesday, locally gusty storms may survive or re-fire from Caribou, Maine, to New York City; Norfolk, Virginia; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The storms will also extend westward along the Gulf coast from Pensacola, Florida, to New Orleans and perhaps to part of the upper Texas coast.
While not every location from southern Canada to the Southern states will get rain, the showers and thunderstorms associated with the system have the potential to snap a brief dry spell in some areas and pause building drought in others.
In addition to drought in parts of the Carolinas and Georgia, parts of New England and Long Island, New York are in need of rain. Rainfall in some of these areas since the start of the summer range from 30 to 60 percent of average.
The storm last week brought only sporadic heavy rainfall to the Carolinas and Georgia, and totally missed much of the Northeast.
Following the storms and a surge of warm and humidity, a push of cooler and less humid air will make its way into much of the East by the middle of the week.
Chilly air aloft will produce extensive clouds and showers around the lower Great Lakes at midweek, while most areas can expect a return of sunshine.
Continue to check with AccuWeather.com for the latest details on the cold outbreak and any snowstorms. This entire weather report, including quotes and images are brought to you courtesy of AccuWeather.com.
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