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Clouds, some sun to end the week

Some early sun followed by mainly cloudy skies in the afternoon will be the story for Friday. High temperatures will be cool, in the low 50s. Calm winds in the morning will become light from the south later in the day.

The clouds that will take over later in the day will be associated with a weak system off to the south. Although models are still in slight disagreement, it is a good bet that Long Island will be spared the majority of the rain on Friday evening and night. Expect just a slight chance for a few stray showers as the northern edge of the system brushes close to the area.

Skies will then clear for the first half of the weekend, with sunshine returning Saturday. More clouds are in the picture for Sunday.

Record highs and lows for April 8:

* 80 (1999), 26 (1982) at Kennedy
* 84 (1991), 26 (2007) at MacArthur
* 78 (1999), 30 (2003) at Republic
* 64 (1999), 23 (2004) at Gabreski

Source: National Weather Service

This Day in Weather History:

1990 - Twenty-two cities reported record low temperatures for the date as readings dipped into the 20s and 30s across much of the eastern United States. Freezing temperatures severely damaged peach and apple orchards in West Virginia, where prolonged mild weather since January had caused an early blooming of spring vegetation. State and federal agencies estimated a 50 percent loss in production for peaches and Red Delicious apples.

Source: The daily weather facts are compiled by Hugh Crowther of the Aviation Weather Center. Crowther is a weather historian and has collected and organized weather facts for every day of the year.

FUN FACT: The point in the atmosphere where the bottom of the first cloud is seen is called the lifting condensation level. As air is lifted from the surface, it cools at a constant rate of 10 degrees Celsius per kilometer until it reaches its dew point (the point of saturation). Since the air has now reached saturation, condensation occurs, giving us the bottom of the first cloud.

Geoffrey Bansen is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology.


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