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Showers and thunderstorms to advance into and through the Northeast Tuesday and Tuesday night

August 12, 2019; 4:02 AM

Most of the Middle and North Atlantic states had plenty of sunshine during the weekend. Although clouds and spotty showers may reach parts of New York and the interior of New England during Monday, the major cities from Washington through New York will have another sunny day. Meanwhile, a low pressure area will move through the Midwest. That system will continue eastward to bring clouds, rain and heavy thunderstorms to the Ohio Valley and the Middle Atlantic states between Monday night and Tuesday night. These maps for the six-hour periods ending at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., EDT, show a prediction of the expected rainfall pattern:

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While these forecasts suggest there will be some heavy rainfall, it may be restricted to a rather narrow zone. In any case, it appears the rain will shift offshore on Wednesday. Another round of showers could affect some the same places between Thursday night and Friday night.

This type of weather pattern in midsummer is not shocking. It was a different story just over the hedges bordering the boundary of our backyard a couple of weeks ago. The following picture of a lightning strike was captured as I made a time lapse movie in which one new frame was recorded every half second. The almost immediate blast of thunder sounded somewhat like an explosion.

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The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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