Soaking weekend rain leads to another dry week

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Rainfall over the weekend in the Finger Lakes was beneficial, but another stretch of dry weather is set to begin.

Rainfall over the weekend in the Finger Lakes was beneficial, but another stretch of dry weather is set to begin.

How Much Rain Fell This Weekend?

It was a stormy weekend across the Finger Lakes. Thankfully for those with outdoor plans, the majority of this rain fell late in the day or during the overnight hours.

For a region that continues to be parched by drought, this soaking rain was a welcome relief. Many areas saw over an inch on Saturday night alone, with some additional downpours adding to the weekend totals Sunday evening. 48-Hour totals of 2 to 3 inches were no too uncommon, especially in some of the worst drought areas.

Excessive rain across parts of the western Southern Tier even prompted flash flood warnings Saturday evening.

There was a small stretch from southern Steuben County into southern Tompkins County that was largely missed by the downpours, with rain fall amounts generally around only a quarter of an inch.

No Rain This Week

Unfortunately, the rain from the weekend will be all the Finger Lakes region will see for some time.

High pressure will build into the region and keep the weather dry and sunny for the majority of the week. In fact, rainfall during the next seven days may be limited to a couple of light, scattered showers on Friday. These will likely amount to little more than pavement wetters, while missing many areas completely.

Those showers will be along a cold front that, despite its weak appearance, will have a significant impact on our weather. Before the front, temperatures will spend the work week well above normal. High temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s will be common, with the hottest weather on Thursday. At that time, highs could push into the upper 80s for some areas, which would be nearly 20 degrees above normal.

However, once the front pushes through on Friday, more seasonable early autumn weather is expected. Temperatures will return to normal, if not settle in below normal for a bit next weekend.

Until then, enjoy the last gasps of summer.

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.

2 Responses

  1. […] For a region that continues to be parched by drought, this soaking rain was a welcome relief. Many areas saw over an inch on Saturday night alone, with some additional downpours adding to the weekend totals Sunday evening. 48-Hour totals of 2 to 3 inches were no too uncommon, especially in some of the worst drought areas. Read more from FLX Weather […]

  2. John
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    Beneficial? Any rain would be but in practical terms it had little effect. We had a nifty inch and three quarters. That penetrated no more than 3 inches in soft earth and not at all in mulch. Ponds rose about an inch and are quickly receding . Our wildlife ponds are little puddles to dry and the deep pond is down 35 inches. We very much need a few tropical systems to anchor overhead to reach that beneficial stage. FYI, even with that rain we are two inches below the 30 year Sep norm. j.