Weather Outlook for May 28, 2013
Posted: May 28, 2013
It was another dry week across much of the Commonwealth as most places received less than 70% of the normal rainfall for the 7 days ending midnight on Monday. Only the areas around Pittsburgh, Williamsport and Allentown had near to slightly above average rainfall. Apart from the rain that fell on Tuesday (May 28), much of the remainder of the week will be rain-free with the next opportunities of widespread showers coming later on the weekend. Odds favor a better chance in the western half on Sunday and in eastern sections on Monday. When combining this Tuesday's rainfall with the anticipated early next showers, it appears that many places will receive a near average amount of rain for the period May 28-June 4. Temperatures will average well above seasonal readings from Wednesday into Sunday with many reporting sites east of the mountains reaching 90F or higher on several days. Humidity will be quite high, but afternoon breezes should allow for some drying of the fields. There will be widely separated thunderstorms each afternoon, particularly on the higher terrain, but most places will not get much if any rain from Thursday-Saturday. There are indications that the following week (June 4-11) may turn wet in parts of the state with a stream of tropical moisture from the season's potentially first named storm in the northwest Caribbean. And there are early signs that as the official start of summer approaches, a spell of cooler, damp conditions are possible (3-6 day period). As has been widely disseminated, there are credible indicators that this hurricane season should be rather active, though it is too early to say whether any storms will directly impact Pennsylvania.