More rain and thunder Wednesday

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Rain and thunder should be more widespread today than it was on Tuesday. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Numerous Storms Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms will once again develop across the Finger Lakes this afternoon, following some morning rain and thunder.

A broad, disorganized area of low pressure is located near Lake Erie this morning and will slowly track northeast. Typically, this is a favored track for strong wind and severe weather over the Finger Lakes, but this low is not strong enough to provide much of either.

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Flash Flood WATCHES and a Flash Flood WARNING are in effect for Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in parts of the Finger Lakes. Click to enlarge.

There are some showers and a couple of thunderstorms in the region early this morning out ahead of this low. These will track towards the east-northeast this morning.

A few additional showers or small storms may be possible through the early afternoon. After about 2 pm, new activity will develop across the area and persist into the evening hours.

Like yesterday, thunderstorms will likely be small, individual cells or small clusters of storms. The coverage of these scattered storms should be greater than it was yesterday, so more areas will likely end up seeing rain today at some point or another.

Also like yesterday, the severe potential will likely be limited by the morning clouds and rain showers. One or two storms may briefly achieve a minimal degree of severity with some isolated tree damage the biggest threat. Locally heavy rain could cause some ponding in poor drainage areas as well.

Temperatures will push into the upper 70s and low 80s with more oppressive humidity.

Radar Fixed

The popular Google Maps background to the radar has been fixed once again.

With a little luck, Google will not upset the status quo again and everything will be smooth sailing from here.

As a side note, as of 12:15 pm, the radar data itself seems to be a bit buggy, but that happens from time to time no matter what radar you look at and it will probably not persist. I will be watching how it behaves throughout the day to make sure.

Thank you to those who took the time to email me when they saw the radar was not loading properly! I appreciate being notified so I could secure a timely fix.

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Some Relief

Dry, less humid air will slowly work into the Finger Lakes over the course of Thursday and Friday as a series of fronts push through.

The first front will move through tonight, helping to end the rain threat and clear skies off for Thursday. Thursday should end up rather sunny as a result. Watch out for morning fog, though.

High temperatures on Thursday will top out in the low 80s. Dewpoint values will be in the low and mid 60s, which is still slightly muggy. For comparison, dewpoints today will be near 70 degrees.

Another front will slide through from the north Friday morning. A couple of scattered light showers may accompany the front before skies turn sunnier for the afternoon.

Dewpoints will fall back into the 50s from north to south on Friday, which will finally feel comfortable. Highs Friday will reach the upper 70s.

The weather should stay pleasant into the weekend as well. Skies will remain a mix of sun and clouds. The humidity will stay low, with more 50s for dewpoints on Saturday and perhaps some low 60s Sunday.

Afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 70s on Saturday with low 80s on Sunday.

A rainy, stormy pattern looks to be in store again for early next week.

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Follow Meteorologist Drew Montreuil:
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.). Drew and his wife have four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.