On Saturday, May 19, 2012, about 100,000 people will gather for the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, at Pimlico, in Baltimore, Md.
For those in attendance for the second leg of the Triple Crown, as well as many other outdoor sporting events in the East, the sun will shine during much of Saturday.
The storm system responsible for days of rain in some locations along the Atlantic Seaboard during the first part of the week will have moved off the coast just enough for a zone of high pressure to take root.
A frontal system moving into the Midwest this weekend should stop short of the I-95 region.
Most folks should find it comfortable Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the region with high temperatures forecast to be in the 75- to 80-degree range each day. Each of these days should bring rain-free conditions.
Unlike that of Louisville a couple of weeks ago, humidity levels will be rather low for the afternoon hours (dew point temperatures in the 50s) beyond Wednesday.
It may feel a tad warmer in the strong May sunshine, especially if you are out in it for several hours. Winds will be light, generally under 10 mph.
If you plan on enjoying the nearby beaches and bays over the weekend, keep in mind that although water temperatures are running between 3 and 7 degrees higher than normal for this time of the year, they are still cool. Water temperatures range from the 50s off much of New England to the 60s off the mid-Atlantic coast and over much of the Chesapeake Bay. The cool water often exerts an influence on adjacent lands areas.
As far as which horse will win, well we don't offer that kind of advise here. However, according to AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "People will be saying: I'll have another Sunday, just like Friday and Saturday."
Unfortunately, the system offshore may sneak back in from the east later Saturday night and Sunday. If so, clouds will reach part of the I-95 corridor and rain could even reach some coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic.
The World Cup Championship Match is just hours away and will be played without the threat of rain.
Another visit from the Polar Vortex will deliver unseasonably cool air to the Midwest, preceded by rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather.
The hot weather seen across the Northwest over the weekend will carry over into the new week, continuing the risk of heat-related illness.
Friday night saw two breathtaking phenomoma light up the sky, Manhattanhenge and the Supermoon.
Starting on Sunday, the Northeast and mid-Atlantic will be faced with severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours on multiple days before the new week ends on a more refreshing note.
New York City, NY (1977)
A thunderstorm north of city struck a power plant at 9:34 p.m., setting off a chain reaction and a power failure that would last into the following day. Looting resulted and a billion dollars worth of merchandise was lost.
Memphis, TN (1980)
108 degrees -- all-time record high.
Walker, IA (1992)
3.5 inches of rain in just one hour caused stream and river flooding.