Thunderstorms end 3-day heat wave

A downed tree with wires blocks Roslyn Avenue

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A downed tree with wires blocks Roslyn Avenue at Rushmore Avenue after storms pass through Carle Place. (Jun. 22, 2012) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

The good news: Temperatures tumbled -- 21 degrees in three hours at one monitoring station as a cool front moved in.

"The heat wave is definitely over," said Ross Dickman, National Weather Service meteorologist.

Before the cooling began, however, a high of 94 degrees was recorded shortly after 1 p.m. at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma -- a record for the date. Three hours...

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