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April showers for the next few days

Skies are expected to remain cloudy with damp conditions through Wednesday.


Tuesday will have a chance of showers early with rain more likely later in the day. High temperatures will be in the mid-50s in most locations, and slightly cooler along the shore. Winds will be very light from the north.

Any showers into Tuesday night will move northward as a warm front, and a weak cold front pass through Long Island on Wednesday. This will bring the chance for some more scattered showers, ending by Wednesday night.

Sunny but breezy conditions return for Thursday, and the weather looks dry through the end of the week. Rain is back in the picture for Easter weekend.

Record highs and lows for April 19:

-- 84 (1985), 34 (2001) at Kennedy
-- 82 (1985), 29 (1990) at MacArthur
-- 75 (2002), 33 (2001) at Republic
-- 72 (2006), 19 (2001) at Gabreski

Source: National Weather Service

This Day in Weather History:

1996 -- One of the most memorable days of tornadoes in Illinois history occurred on April 19, 1996. During the day, 33 tornadoes were reported as supercells erupted and moved across the state during the afternoon and evening hours. Wind estimates in excess of 170 mph were associated with some of the stronger tornadoes, one of which ripped through nearby Ogden, Ill.

Source: The daily weather facts are compiled by Hugh Crowther of the Aviation Weather Center.

FUN FACT: During a hurricane, there are a number of factors such as the wind, rain and the storm-surge. Water that is pushed up onto otherwise dry land by onshore winds is called the storm-surge. Friction between the water and the moving air creates drag that can build the surge up to depths greater than 20 feet. Nine out of 10 hurricane fatalities are caused by the storm-surge.

Geoffrey Bansen is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in atmospheric science, meteorology.


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