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Luck of the Irish brings springlike weather to LI

Children who are wearing the green take in

Children who are wearing the green take in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Westhampton Beach. (March 12, 2011) Credit: Daniel Brennan

A "green" day is in store for Long Islanders. Mostly sunny skies and well-above-average temperatures, in the mid- to upper-50s, are on tap, aided with some light westerly winds.

Those warm temperatures will continue into Friday with an expected high of 63, according to the National Weather Service, but with a few more clouds and even a very slight chance of a scattered shower.

That chance of some rain will continue Friday night into Saturday morning before noon. Expect partly sunny skies for Saturday afternoon, fully clearing out for Sunday. Weekend temperatures won't be as warm, in the upper 40s to low 50s.

The record high for St. Patrick's Day is 68, set in 2003. The low is 21 degrees, set in 1997.

St. Patrick's Day Weather History:

1906 - The temperature at Snake River, Wyo., dipped to 50 degrees below zero, a U.S. record for March.

1990 - Showers and thunderstorms associated with a slow-moving cold front produced torrential rains across parts of the southeastern United States during a two-day period. Flooding claimed the lives of at least 22 people, including 13 in Alabama. Up to 16 inches of rain deluged southern Alabama, with 10.63 inches reported in 24 hours in Mobile. The town of Elba was flooded with 6 to 12 feet of water, causing more than $25 million in damage, and total flood damage across Alabama exceeded $100 million. Twenty-six counties in the state were declared disaster areas.


What's your favorite St. Patrick's Day weather memory? Let us know.

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

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