Chris Cimino's forecast for 12/08/11
A powerful storm that battered the tri-state with heavy rain and strong winds has mostly moved out of the area, and meteorologists say residents can expect quiet weather over the next seven days.
The storm caused flooding and power outages in New Jersey and New York, whipping the city with winds that topped 50 mph overnight.
About 13,000 utility customers in eastern New York lost power, but about 7,000 had power restored by 1:15 p.m. Thursday. More than half of the outages were in the Hudson Valley from Putnam County to the Albany area.
Overall, the metropolitan area averaged between 1.25”-2.25” of rain from late Wednesday into early Thursday. Northwestern New Jersey and the Upper Hudson Valley experienced a quick changeover to snow, but very little accumulation.
Snowfall totals in the Albany area range from a dusting to up to 5 inches in Columbia County, just southeast of the city.
The unseasonably warm temperatures New Yorker have enjoyed over the last few weeks have moved out with the storm. Meteorologists expect temperatures to average around 45 degrees for the next week.
The coldest weather will be Saturday and Sunday with highs in the low to mid 40s. A blustery breeze will likely make it feel cooler.
Slightly milder temperatures will return next week with highs between 45 and 50 degrees, meteorologists say. And, most importantly, no snow is in the forecast for the foreseeable future.
This year is on pace to be the second-wettest in history at Central Park, which began keeping weather records in 1869. The wettest year ever was 1983 with 80.56" of precipitation. As of the latest climate report, Central Park measured 70.69" of rain on the year.
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