Only spotty rain in Finger Lakes Saturday

Most areas in the Finger Lakes will not see substantial rain on Saturday.
Most areas in the Finger Lakes will not see substantial rain on Saturday.

Most areas in the Finger Lakes will not see substantial rain on Saturday.

Poor timing with the passage of a cold front and continued bad luck will keep the bulk of today’s precipitation to the east of the Finger Lakes once again.

The Finger Lakes resides in the prime spot between the warm and cold front this morning. Often called the ‘Warm Sector’, this region is often primed for precipitation as daytime heating warms the region. The cold front then acts as a trigger to develop showers and thunderstorms. Unfortunately, the warm sector will shift east this morning as low pressure slowly tracks into northern New York.

As a result, afternoon showers and thunderstorms will be much more plentiful to the east of the Finger Lakes, where the combination of unstable air and lift from the approaching front intersect best. Still, a few isolated to scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm or two should pop up across the Finger Lakes this afternoon. This may result in a few locations seeing some rain, but many more will get little to no precipitation today.

Showers will dissipate this evening before redeveloping Sunday morning and early afternoon. The showers may be a bit more widespread early Sunday, but they will be light and insignificant compared to our rainfall needs. Temperatures will be cooler tomorrow, with highs ranging from the low 70s in the east to the mid and perhaps upper 70s further west.

The forecast next week brings no good news. Temperatures will quickly rocket back up and we could be near 90 as early as Tuesday. Heat and humidity will persist into the later part of the week, but with only spotty chances for rain Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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 soap, or playing with his two young boys.

4 Responses

  1. Kim
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    Listening to raindrops outside on a quiet Sunday morning outside of T-burg. We’ve been missed by every single small thunderstorm that rolled through last week, and are happy to be reminded what a gentle summer rain sounds like! We’ll take anything we can get.

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
      Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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      I was thrilled to see a wet driveway when I woke up. However, my rain gauge only shows 0.04″ since yesterday morning…I’ve been missed far more than gotten hit, too. You are probably directly up-stream of me here in Groton!

  2. terry carlisle
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    Our rain gauge recorded 4/10th inch of rain yesterday afternoon. Enfield, NY Tompkins County

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
      Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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      That is great! Unfortunately for me…it was a stretch to even call it 0.01″ in mine.