Folks with outdoor plans and projects from Maine to New York and Virginia have an extended period of dry weather in store.
While stormy conditions target the Central states and parts of the South into the weekend, an atmospheric road block will favor abundant sunshine for many days in many areas of the New England and the mid-Atlantic.
Garden and home improvement centers will likely do a brisk business into the weekend.
The pattern will favor painting, paving and other construction projects.
The weather through Sunday may be an indicator of what to expect most days for the rest of the spring into the first part of the summer.
According to Paul Pastelok, head of the AccuWeather.com Long Range forecast team, "We are expecting drier-than-average conditions to expand from upstate New York and northern New England southward a bit going into the first part of the summer.
The pattern will feature a bumper crop of sunny days.
However, just south and west of this area may be a highway for showers and thunderstorms from the Upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley and South, brushing part of the mid-Atlantic.
AccuWeather.com has released its Summer 2013 Forecast.
According to Agricultural Weather Expert Dale Mohler, "Despite the sunshine and low humidity for most areas, the lawns will continue to grow and stay green for a time."
This time of the year, there is usually sufficient moisture in the ground and the nights are cool enough to sustain the lawns for at time.
"However, as the dryness continues, typically daytime temperatures trend upward, which accelerates the drying of the ground, but we still see enough rainfall on occasion to keep most lawns green into June," Mohler said.
Mohler added that while the pattern will be great for planting, folks should be careful to not jump the gun over the interior locations, where there is still the risk of frost the next few weeks.
Tropical Storm Fung-wong has developed in the Western Pacific and poses a threat from Philippines to Japan.
Moisture from Odile brought flooding rainfall to the Southwest on Wednesday and more is on the way.
The risk of flooding will spill onto Texas and parts of the southern and central Plains into the weekend as moisture crawls out of the Southwest.
On Tuesday, Edouard became the first major hurricane in the Atlantic since Sandy. While Edouard remains at sea, rough surf will reach some Atlantic coast beaches.
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Moisture from Tropical Rainstorm Odile will continue to deliver torrential rainfall and cause life-threatening flooding over the interior Southwest through the balance of the week.
Eastern States (1990)
Record cold in many locations.......... Location Temp Previous Record ----------------- ---- --------------- Rochester, NY 37 38/1953 Youngstown, OH 34 38/1959 Atlantic City, NJ 36 39/1968 Allentown, PA 36 37/1959 Providence, RI 39T 39/1959 Binghamton, NY 35 36/1953 Flint, MI 35 36/1959
New York, NY ()
4" of rain fell from an early nor'easter.
Eugene, OK ()
0.18" of rain - first measurable rain since June 27, 1998. Longest dry spell record.