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Sunshine has become a rare commodity across much of the Northeast. Extended periods of wet, cloudy, foggy, and overall dreary days have dominated our weather pattern across the region since mid-April. Fortunately, the doom and gloom cannot last forever. Signs point to the relentless weather pattern that’s been producing these miserable conditions to let up in time for Memorial Day.Coastal areas of New York and New England have been under the tightest grasp of spring gloom. Islip, NY on Long Island set a daunting record last week for the longest stretch of rainy days since records began in 1963. A remarkable 18 consecutive days of measurable precipitation (0.01″ or more) was observed at Islip’s MacArthur Airport from April 20 – May 7, 2019. That streak may be extended to the 26 days starting April 12 if trace amounts of precipitation are included. Since the start of April, only April 1,…

Severe weather woes continue this week across the storm-battered Southern Plains and Missouri Valley. At least three more consecutive days of severe weather are in store for the region this week after recent severe weather outbreaks produced nearly 100 tornadoes, baseball-sized hail, and flooding downpours over the course of the last week. Blinding downpours, flash flooding, and destructive straight-line winds will be the most common properties of the upcoming thunderstorms. On top of that, some storms will also be capable of producing colossal hail stones and violent tornadoes. The pandemonium this week will first organize about a wobbling frontal boundary draped across a corridor from the Central Plains to the Northeast. Behind this boundary will flow cool, dry air from the Canadian Prairies. Heat and humidity from the Gulf of Mexico will be pumped into and over this boundary, forcing the development of thunderstorms each day within its vicinity. Meanwhile,…

Three consecutive days of severe weather are in store for the Lone Star State this week. Unfortunately this outbreak will unfold after just four days of reprieve in Texas since the start of a widespread severe weather event last week that spawned a whopping 97 tornadoes between last Wednesday and Friday in 12 states, taking at least 6 lives. Fortunately, such extensive destruction is not expected with this week’s outbreak. But the storms will nonetheless be dangerous in their own right, capable of producing baseball-sized hail, damaging winds, and a few isolated tornadoes. The severe weather threat was in its infancy Monday afternoon as a slow-moving cold front draped across the Texas panhandle, southeastern New Mexico, and central Oklahoma. South of the cold front, warm and moist air flowing from the Gulf of Mexico has supplied abundant fuel for thunderstorms. Meanwhile, an upper-level feature approaching from northern Mexico has been…