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NE: More Humid With Showers and Thunderstorms

August 7, 2013; 5:55 AM ET

Wednesday 8 a.m.

Here is today's video forecast:

Thunderstorms from yesterday into this morning moved in accordance with two distinct steering currents aloft. New groups of flooding thunderstorms have developed in Kansas each of the last few mornings, with the storms then heading east and then southeast. Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., was drenched by more than 5.5 inches of rain yesterday.

Miss Crustacean Beauty Pageant- Ocean City, N.J., Aug 7, 2013

This is big: the annual Miss Crustacean Beauty Pageant is being held on the beach in Ocean City, N.J., today to determine which hermit crab is the fastest on the beach. What does that have to do with our weather? For the last few days, most people in the Northeast were happy as a clam because of sunshine. But, if you don't have a full head of hair, you had to guard against sunburn on the scallop. For the next few days, the forecast turns into something of a shell game because there are several different possibilities. A cold front that will approach from the northwest at a snail's pace could be stalling. One glance at upper air steering flow adds to the idea that something is fishy. The result is vacationers may become crabby because of an occasional shower or thunderstorm today through Friday and Saturday.

But, there's a catch. We shrimply cannot time the individual showers beyond the first hours of the forecast because the shower zones change over time. So, sometimes it rains, but at other times we are left high and dry like a fish out of water. So, while there can be showers at Oyster Bay, N.Y., and Dolphin County, Pa., I have to clam up about the specific timing. This is just one of the problems we have when cold fronts don't flex their mussels. Because of the uncertainty, let me throw you this line. Stay with AccuWeather.com whenever you are ready to cast off. Failing to do that is eel advised.

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