A few showers today, a few tomorrow, and so on through the week

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday june 20 2023 clouds showers
Showers will be in the area for most upcoming days but will generally not amount to much. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil, Owasco Lake]

Slightly Unsettled

An area of low pressure is moving through the southeastern United States, while over eastern Canada, high pressure is in control.

The spheres of influence of these two opposite pressure systems are meeting over the Finger Lakes, creating a subtle, weak atmospheric boundary. This boundary will sit over the area for a day or two, bringing some clouds and a few sporadic showers.

Already this morning, there are a few blips on the radar with showers drifting from north to south. This will continue to be the case this morning, but most areas will remain dry.

More activity is expected this afternoon as the instability in the atmosphere rises with the daytime heating cycle. Scattered pop-up showers will spread across the southern half of the Finger Lakes, while precipitation to the north will be harder to come by, but not impossible.

The individual shower cells should be small and fairly short-lived for any one location. The rain may come down heavily for a brief time, and a couple rumbles of thunder are not completely out of the question.

Winds will be light and from the east with the boundary overhead. The boundary will drift southward with time, so northern areas may end the day with more of a northeasterly wind.

Temperatures will mostly be in the upper 70s and low 80s today. Some urban and valley locations could sneak towards 85 degrees if some sun pokes out and showers remain elsewhere.

The shower activity should diminish quickly this evening, and some northern areas may even see skies clear as the boundary drops to near the NY-PA state line. The clouds should diminish more overnight, leading to an increase in areas seeing clear skies.

Nighttime temperatures will remain mild, with lows between 55-60 degrees, but mostly in the upper half of that range.

The boundary will remain overhead tomorrow but will be weaker. A few pop up showers will still be possible, but the overall coverage should be less than today. There should be a bit more in the way of sunshine tomorrow as well.

Winds will be from the east and southeast with speeds near or just over 5 mph. Afternoon highs will be near or just under 80 degrees for most areas except the I-90 region, which will see low 80s.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tue jun 20 | tues, a few showers near 80 | wed, a few showers upper 70 | thur, some rain possible? mid 70 | fri, a few showers near 80 | sat, a few showers upper 70 | sun, sun and clouds low 80 | mon, scattered tstorms low 80
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

More Chances for Showers

A small piece of low pressure will try to nose its way northward into the Mid-Atlantic region on Thursday. As this happens, a broader area of rain showers will spread north toward the Finger Lakes.

The models are handling this area of rain differently, with some bringing it directly into the area, while others favor more of a glancing impact with most of the rain heading east.

Either way, at least a few showers should meander into the area on Thursday, but there is a chance for more widespread precipitation. Lightning seems unlikely, and most of the rain should be light. The second half of the day seems to be more favorable for the rain.

Temperatures will take a small hit with the clouds and showers, and highs should mostly be in the mid 70s. A steadier rain could lead to lower temperatures. Winds will remain easterly, with similar speeds to today and tomorrow.

Uncertainty remains higher than usual as we head into Friday and Saturday. Both days have chances for showers and a few rumbles of thunder. Saturday seems to have a higher chance of rain than Friday, though it is easily conceivable that a few areas could see rain on Friday and then get missed on Saturday. OVerall, the coverage of the rain, and the potential rain amounts, look higher Friday and Saturday than today, tomorrow, and possibly Thursday.

The uncertainty in the forecast comes from a lack of any significant, well-defined disturbance or front in the area for the models to lock in on this far out. I would expect the forecast to clarify more over the next couple of days.

Temperatures should get a small boost back into the upper 70s with some low 80s mixing in. it will be humid as well, with dewpoints well into the 60s. The humid air will also keep nighttime temperatures mild, with overnight lows only in the mid 60s.

Sunday looks like our best chance for a completely dry day, though this far in advance with this overall weather pattern, it isn’t something to rely too heavily on. Assuming it does stay dry, temperatures should poke up into the low 80s.

If Sunday is the best chance for dry weather, Monday is the best chance for thunderstorms. Warm temperatures and humid air will provide an unstable atmosphere, and a cold front will be approaching from the west. But it is too early to tell if these two factors will match up at the proper time or not.

With the frontal passage, temperatures should go from the low 80s Monday to the mid 70s Tuesday and most of next week. The weather will likely remain unsettled, with more chances for rain.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tue jun 20 | tues, a few showers near 80 | wed, a few showers upper 70 | thur, some rain possible? mid 70 | fri, a few showers near 80 | sat, a few showers upper 70 | sun, sun and clouds low 80 | mon, scattered tstorms low 80
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.

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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.). 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.

4 Responses

  1. Corinne

    I am expecting visitors from NJ on June 30 through July 3. When might we know our chances for clear weather?

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      I’ll probably start talking about those days in increasing detail starting Monday the 26th…. maybe a bit on Friday the 23rd.

  2. David

    Is it OK to exercise outside when the air quality is in the “moderate” range? It seems to be rated in that category every day now (using “Airnow.gov). Historically, is the moderate range usually what we have anyway? I like to take morning walks, and I have no idea how to compare current air quality to, for example, a year ago.

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      Yes, you should be fine with moderate air quality. Generally our air quality is rated as Good, but it is not uncommon to reach the Moderate level numerous times over the year. AirNow.gov describes Moderate air quality in this manner in a brochure you can download (and likely elsewhere on the site):

      “Air quality is acceptable; however, pollution in this range may pose a moderate health concern for a very small number of individuals. People who are unusually sensitive to ozone or particle pollution may experience respiratory symptoms.”

      Here is a site from the EPA where you can make a plot of daily maximum AQI categories over many years. Syracuse and Rochester are possible plot points for our area. https://www.epa.gov/outdoor-air-quality-data/air-data-multiyear-tile-plot