A weak storm system grazing the East Coast ruined beach plans Saturday and will continue to bring misery to the portions of the Northeast for the end of the weekend.
The zone of showers and a couple thunderstorms will continue to ride northward along the beaches from the mid-Atlantic to southern New England Sunday.
These showers left the Outer Banks of North Carolina and grazed the beaches of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey Saturday. The New Jersey shore, Long Island and Cape Cod will be dampened on Sunday.
An elevated risk of rip currents and rough surf on Sunday will add to the misery for beachgoers on Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Such danger will also be present westward to eastern Long Island.
"The system is not likely to have enough time to strengthen a great deal before being ejected out to the Northeast off of Cape Cod by Sunday night," according to AccuWeather.com Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
"Storm systems that brew over the warm waters along the Atlantic coast this time of the year tend to overachieve and this one is being monitored closely."
A wedge of dry air in the lowest layer of the atmosphere is likely to keep rain away from most cities along the I-95 corridor this weekend. However, clouds will win out over sunshine.
A system responsible for drenching rains and flash flooding in the South Central states during this past week will weaken, but drift northward through the early part of the new week.
The greatest threat for flooding through Sunday lies across the Florida Panhandle and neighboring parts of Alabama and Georgia.
As that system arrives, more typical, late-July humidity levels and temperatures are forecast for the mid-Atlantic overall and part of New England to start the new week, which will lead to spotty showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis.
How warm the weather gets from location to location each day will depend on the amount of sunshine. Even a few hours of partial sunshine in the forecast pattern for next week can be enough to drive the temperature to near 90 F or higher.
Drier air will intrude into the greater Atlanta area this weekend as a cold front continues to move across the Southeast.
The tropics may become active this weekend and into early next week.
The risk of drenching and locally gusty thunderstorms has expanded to parts of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
The Northwest is dealing with yet another record-challenging heat wave to close out July. While relief will come next week, this heat wave will not be the last of the summer.
Flooding monsoon rain will continue this week in India and southeast Pakistan, but a drier pattern is expected to set in during August.
Former Tropical Storm Guillermo strengthened into a hurricane early Friday morning.
Cherrapunji, India (1861)
A total of 366.14" of rain fell during July (world record for 1 month). Cherrapunji also holds world record rainfall for a 12-month period: 1,041.78" from August 1, 1860 to July 31, 1861.
Baker, FL (1949)
(East of Crestview, FL) Lightning struck a baseball diamond, digging a ditch 20 feet long in the infield, killing the shortstop, third baseman and injuring 50 people in a crowd of 300.
Estes Park, CO (1976)
Big Thompson River flood disaster; up to 10" of thunderstorm rains funneled into narrow canyon near Estes Park. 139 drowned, 5 missing, $35.5 million estimated damage.