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Sunny start to the weekend

Sunny skies will kick off the weekend, with high temperatures in the mid-50s. Winds will be out of the east at 5-10 mph.

Sunday will feature a very slight chance of a sprinkles in advance of a warm front later in the afternoon, but the majority of the day looks dry.

Long Island will then move into the warm sector of our next system, currently well off to the west. This will allow temperatures to soar into the upper 60s and lower 70s on Monday, even approaching 80 in inland areas and New York City.

Record highs and lows for April 9:

* 73 (1991), 26 (1977) at Kennedy

* 73 (1991), 28 (2007) at MacArthur

* 68 (2001), 30 (1997) at Republic

* 68 (2001), 24 (2009) at Gabreski

Source: National Weather Service

This Day in Weather History:
1947 - A tornado struck Woodward, Okla., during the evening, killing 95 people and causing $6 million worth of damage. The tornado, which was between 1 and 2 miles in width and traveled at a speed of 68 mph, killed a total of 167 people along its 221-mile path from Texas into Kansas. The tornado injured 980 others.

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: Tornadoes are measured from F-0 to F-5. The "F" comes from the type of scale on which its strength is measured, called the Fujita scale. An F-0 is the weakest, with little to no damage and only gusty winds. An F-5 would cause extensive damage and with winds of up to 300 mph.

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


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