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Long Island weather: Clearing skies after dousing in some parts

A car navigates through a flooded Willis Avenue

A car navigates through a flooded Willis Avenue in Mineola on Friday, July 29, 2016. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Skies were clearing Friday afternoon as the morning’s rainfall tapered off, but not before some areas got a bit of a dousing.

An inch of rain was registered at Long Island MacArthur Airport, with just over 2 inches in East Moriches and half an inch in Huntington, according to the National Weather Service in Upton.

With an eye to the area’s overall dry conditions — central Suffolk has been deemed in severe drought, with the rest of the Island remaining in moderate drought — Friday’s rain was “helpful, but certainly not enough to solve everything,” said Faye Barthold, weather service meteorologist based in Upton.

Normal rainfall from Jan. 1 through day-end Wednesday is 26.67 inches, but Long Island MacArthur Airport has recorded 20.41 inches, according to climatologist Jessica Spaccio, with the Northeast Regional Climate Center, based at Cornell University.

Parts of the Island might get a little precipitation boost over the weekend, when there is a 30 percent to 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms from Saturday afternoon right through Monday, according to the weather service.

This rain would be more of the scattered variety, as opposed to Friday’s more widespread showers, Barthold said.

It may not be happy news for beachgoers, but “on the drought front, it’s not necessarily a bad thing,” she said.

Weekend temperatures are expected to be in the low 80s.


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