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Weekend in the Northeast and Great Lakes to Feature Sunshine

August 22, 2013; 6:25 AM ET

Thursday 9 a.m.

A cold front will shift from the Lake Superior area southeastward to reach the Middle Atlantic coast by midday tomorrow. There are several bands and clusters of thunderstorms ahead of the front, but sunny and less humid air follows its passage.

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When we have thunderstorms in the forecast, we are often asked whether any of them are severe. When we answer, we usually think of severe thunderstorms with winds exceeding 58 mph, and perhaps we think about large hail. However, it doesn't take anything that strong to have serious effects. A 20- to 30-mph wind gust can shake branches loose, and heavy rain can cause street flooding almost immediately. And, if a lightning strike hits where you, who cares how "severe" the storm was! The following pictures include a radar image showing thunderstorms not far from New York City and a lightning plot covering the period from 5 a.m. until just after 9 a.m. EDT. Pockets of heavy rain and active lightning were the two major hazards associated with these storms. This is the kind of situation where thunderstorms can align with the upper air steering winds and so it keeps pouring right underneath the train of storms. This setup is dangerous and life-threatening.

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