It is stunning sometimes to ponder the wide range of weather around the world on any given day. In fact, here is a screenshot of part of the page you get when you click "World" at the top of the first page on AccuWeather.com.
The Big Island of Hawaii is getting ready for its first direct hit by a tropical storm or hurricane in recorded history. Meanwhile, the Northeast seems set for a sun-drenched weekend with sapphire skies by night and the almost full "Super Moon" at night. Here is an infrared satellite picture including Hurricane Iselle as of early this morning:
Closer to home, this video includes a forecast for the Great Lakes and Northeast through the weekend. There is also a time-lapse movie and a brief look at today's observance of Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day.
In parts of the Northeast, a sky looking as blue and clear as the one in the picture will be quite a departure from the look of the rainy skies that were much more common earlier in the summer.
The steering winds aloft are changing, and the next phase looks like it will feature a northwesterly flow of cooler air this weekend and much of next week.
It's going to be hot hazy and humid in the much of the Northeast today through Thursday. The recalescent, sudorific, canicular, pyrogenic frying heat gains our attention.
A line of persistent showers and thunderstorms stretched from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod. Some areas in this zone had more than 3 inches of rain this morning, and there can be highway flooding in localized heavy showers this afternoon and evening. This radar shows the rain zone just after 10 a.m. ET.
This map shows the predicted upper-air flow for tomorrow night. Our timing estimates suggest showers and some thunderstorms could affect the I-95 corridor from Portland and Boston to New York City (and perhaps Philadelphia) on Sunday.
For the start of this "Olympics of the Forest," the weather looks good, as forest we can tell. From DC to NYC, it looks sunny for at least the next two, tree days.