Quiet Beneath the Eye of the Low

With low pressure overhead, most of the rain today will fall east of the Finger Lakes. Click image to enlarge.
With low pressure overhead, most of the rain today will fall east of the Finger Lakes. Click image to enlarge.

Low pressure is centered over the Finger Lakes this morning. Even though the map has to put the red ‘L’ somewhere, the low itself actually sits over the majority of the region, not just southwestern Genesee County.

A stream of moisture rich air off of the Atlantic is feeding heavy rain into eastern New York and New England, while dry, cooler air is wrapping around the low into northern Pennsylvania and southern New York on its counter-clockwise flow.

This dry air will continue to push east, then northeast. This will disrupt the heavy rain over eastern New York, but New England will remain water logged today.

Finger Lakes Forecast for Oct. 16/17. Click image to enlarge.
Finger Lakes Forecast for Oct. 16/17. Click image to enlarge.

As is often the case, the weather directly underneath the low itself will be rather quiet, with all of the activity circulating around it. The extreme example of this phenomenon is, of course, the calm, clear eye of a hurricane.

With the Finger Lakes situated under the ‘eye’ of this low pressure, there should be little in the way of precipitation today. As the low drifts north, a few showers will be possible later this afternoon into the evening, but many areas may see nothing more than a few drops of rain, if that.

Temperatures will be a bit cooler today, but should still manage to remain or rise into the low and mid 60s. Overnight lows will be more comfortable for sleeping, bottoming out near 50ยบ.

A few passing showers will be possible tomorrow as well before a better chance for rain on Saturday as another weather system moves in. This system will bring us some rather chilly weather starting Sunday, with highs in the 40s and 50s most of next week.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.).

When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making goat milk soap, running until his legs burn, or playing with his three young boys.