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Sunrise and Sunset August 10 through September 8

As we head through the month of August into September, the days get noticeably shorter. Sunset, currently at 8:03 PM will be in 30 days reduced to 7:16 PM. Even dusk at that point will be as early 7:43 PM. But so it goes. Summer can't last forever, autumn must come eventually. But the good news is that come mid-December, the days will start getting longer once again.

Increasing chances for more heavy rain this weekend in Central New York

"Syracuse- A very complex weather pattern is setting up for this weekend. While the details will need to be continually tweaked over the coming days, the general idea is for nice weather Saturday and storms on Sunday."

"A large dome of heat and humidity that has been a semi-permanent feature over the middle of the nation will once again nudge its way towards Central New York."

A slow moving frontal boundary along the leading edge of the tropical air will serve as a focal point for rounds of showers and storms. These storms will be able to tap into both strong winds aloft and the copious amounts of moisture to produce severe weather and heavy rain."

July 15, 2017 Weekend Weather Forecast

This interactive graph shows the hourly weather forecast for the next seven days. The bars represent the temperature, the pink line reprsents the dew point and the white line represents the dewpoint. Red dots are climate normals for the day. Orange dots are record temperatures. Green dots are last year's temperatures.

Yellow bars represent generally sunny conditions. The more gray the bar is, the more clouds expected. Blue bars represent a greater then 50% chance of rain. Purple bars represent a greater then 50% chance of snow. Orange bars represent a greater then 50% chance of thunderstorms. Red bars represent warm and muggy weather, under generally clear skies.

Meet the Computer Scientist You Should Thank For Your Smartphone’s Weather App

"A weather app is a nifty tool that predicts your meteorological future, calculated with the strength of radar, algorithms and satellites around the world. Today, computerized weather prediction—like moving pictures or flying by plane—is so commonplace that smartphone-users don’t give it a second thought. But at mid-century, the idea that you might be able to forecast the weather days or even weeks ahead was a tantalizing prospect."

"One of the most important breakthroughs in weather forecasting took place in the spring of 1950, during an experiment at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. For over a month straight, a team of scientists and computer operators worked tirelessly to do something meteorologists had been working toward for nearly a century: predict the weather mathematically."

Daily Departure from Normal, January 1 – May 28, 2017

Warm nights and some warm days mean that 2017 so far has been one of the warmest years on record. While we had some cold periods, overall with mild nights compared to average, most days ended up being warmer then the historical 1980-2010 records. Climate change hasn't stopped changing the weather to being more mild in Albany, especially at night, even if we haven't broken that many high temperature records for the year.

Data Source: January-April, Local Climate Data Publication. May, Preliminary Monthly Climate Data (CF6).

Weekly Rain Accumulation

A little bit of rain expected today, and a lot more rain on Wednesday through Friday morning. MIght add an additional inch of rain to the monthly total. Not a drought for sure this month.

This interactive graph shows how much rain is expected to accumulate over the next five days. Gray bars represent clouds, with no new accumulation, yellow bars represent sun, which will start to dry things out.