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Rain returns to Long Island

Wet weather will make its next appearance on Long Island Tuesday, as a cold front makes its way toward the East Coast.

Only a few showers will be around in the morning, but expect a good chance of precipitation by the afternoon and into the evening. The rain could get heavy Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

Highs will be in the mid-50s, with a light northeast breeze around 10 to 15 mph. Temperatures will drop into the mid-40s by Tuesday night.

After a cloudy and damp day on Wednesday, sunshine will return for the end of the week.

Record highs and lows for April 12:

* 90 (1977), 28 (1976) at Kennedy -- see what a difference one year can make!
* 73 (1996), 28 (1989) at MacArthur
* 66 (2003), 33 (1998) at Republic
* 62 (1998), 24 (2005) at Gabreski

Source: National Weather Service

This Day in Weather History:

1934 - Winds atop Mount Washington, N.H., averaged 186 mph for five minutes, with a peak gust of 231 mph, the highest wind speed ever clocked in the world. These were the fastest surface winds ever recorded (see the Fun Fact below). You can read more about this fascinating event here.

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: On April 2, 1958, an F5 tornado produced winds of 286 mph, thought to be the fastest ever recorded on earth.

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


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