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Clouds take over heading into weekend

Intervals of clouds will make their way to parts of Long Island in the afternoon, breaking up the sunny skies that started Friday the 13th.

High temperatures will again be in the mid-60s, with a very light south wind.

Skies will cloud over fully by the evening hours, a precursor of what to expect over the next couple of days.

Extended Forecast: Patchy fog will overtake much of the area Friday night and Saturday morning. Saturday will be mainly cloudy. A good chance of rain returns Sunday and into next week.

Daily Temperature Records:

Record Highs and Lows for May 13:

* 82 (2004), 43 (1996) at Kennedy

* 80 (2004), 37 (2005) at MacArthur

* 82 (2004), 42 (2005) at Republic

* 77 (2004), 37 (2007) at Gabreski

Source: National Weather Service

This Day in Weather History:

1981: A tornado 450 yards in width destroyed 90 percent of Emberson, Texas. People did not see a tornado, but rather a wall of debris. Homes were leveled, a man in a bathtub was hurled a quarter of a mile, and a 1,500-pound recreational vehicle was hurled 500 yards. Miraculously, no deaths occurred in the tornado.

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

Weather Fun Fact: The temperature of lightning can reach 30,000º C. When a tree is struck by lightning, the water inside the tree boils and the tree explodes.

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

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