Warmer, humid weather on the way

Update #449

Hello there!

I hope your Memorial Day weekend is going as well as it can be despite Mother Nature’s temper tantrum. I’ve received messages from people with weddings, parties, and other outdoor events who have been affected by the rain.

The radar this Sunday morning? Not great.

Not to mention, it feels more like March out there.

I’ll just leave this here…

The week ahead will have a progressive warming trend with building humidity. Showers and thunderstorms will become more common too, occurring on several days later in the week.

For those hoping to salvage the long weekend with dry weather on Monday, there will be some improvement. A little light rain or drizzle is possible during the early morning before clouds finally break for some afternoon sunshine. Temperatures will bounce back too.

Tuesday, the start of meteorological summer, looks decent with dry weather and comfortable temperatures.

A disturbance will begin to inch its way toward the region from the west on Wednesday, directing a moist southerly air flow.

This will be felt in the form of increased humidity by Thursday. Scattered showers, some heavy, are likely with possible thunderstorms, particularly during the afternoon. At this point, Friday looks similar.

By next weekend, the unsettled weather will have most likely moved offshore, giving way to increasing temperatures and probably more sunshine with continued humidity.

The week of June 7th looks to have above average temperatures and humidity.

Rare celestial events

This past week, parts of Earth were treated to a rare combination of celestial events. The western Pacific Ocean region not only had a full moon, but a full moon at perigee (closest it gets to Earth) and a total lunar eclipse.

The total lunar eclipse saw the Moon turn a blood red color in the sky.

New Zealand was one of the places where it was all happening. Here’s what it looked like from my vantage point:

Special astronomical action —a sunrise solar eclipse— will grace the Hudson Valley’s skies at sunrise on June 10th.

As long as skies are clear, the rising sun will appear partially covered by the moon as it emerges above the horizon. The maximum eclipse will happen around 5:34 am. This is when 73-74% of the rising sun will be obscured by the moon. It will have the appearance of an upturned horseshoe.

Solar eclipse glasses are needed if you want to safely view any eclipse. Designed specifically for safely viewing the Sun, these inexpensive glasses filter out eye-damaging solar radiation that traditional sunglasses can't. Staring at the sun without protection can cause a burned retina which can cause permanent vision loss.

You can view it from your backyard if you’ve got an unobstructed view of the horizon to the east-northeast. High points along the Hudson River also make for good viewing locations.

If the early wake up call and wearing eclipse glasses doesn’t appeal to you, then there will be plenty of photos online to view later 😎

You can read more about the special sunrise eclipse here.

Have a great week!