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Heavy Rain in Store for New York, Northeast Starting Tomorrow

October 11, 2011

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- A weather system moving up the U.S. East Coast may drop 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.6 centimeters) of rain throughout the Northeast, including New York, starting tomorrow, forecasters said.

The heaviest rain in New York City will fall throughout the night and into the next day, according to Lauren Nash, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, New York.

“It looks like it will be a decent rain producer,” said Rob Carolan, founder of Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua, New Hampshire. “But nothing on the order of what they had down in Florida.”

Rain has been falling along the East Coast since last week, beginning in Florida where a record 6.16 inches drenched Orlando on Oct. 8, breaking a mark for the date set in 1954, according to the weather service. Vero Beach had 8.3 inches, besting a record set in 1953.

Carolan said a low pressure system building off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina will draw in tropical moisture from the Caribbean and then move north.

Rain will reach Philadelphia tomorrow before moving into New York overnight, he said. Boston will have rain by the end of the week.

As the system pulls out of the region, it will collide with a front moving across the northern U.S., which will touch off another round of showers for upstate New York and northern New England by the end of the week, Carolan said.

The weekend will probably be windy and sunny, he said.

Carolan said that because a La Nina, a cooling of the central Pacific Ocean, is taking hold again this year, New York and the Northeast may stay warm for the next few weeks.

“La Nina delays the onset of the cooler weather here in the Northeast,” Carolan said. “This is very typical to see once it gets going.”

--Editors: Charlotte Porter, Bill Banker

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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