Central New York, Environment, Weather

A Familiar Weather Pattern Could Possibly Bring Flooding To CNY

Heavy rains are hitting Central New York after a long summer drought. (c) 2018 Alexandria Bennett

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Audio Transcript: Familiar Weather Pattern

By Alexandria Bennett, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The weather pattern this week is the same weather pattern that caused a historic flood in Central New York years ago. 

According to the National Weather Service, two systems are coming together now that reflect the weather that brought a foot of rain to Central New York in 2006.  There is a long low pressure system in the upper atmosphere, called a trough in the Southeast; and a big ridge of high pressure just off the Atlantic coast.

Tom Hauf, a former local television meteorologist said in spite of the drought there is a large amount of moisture in the air.

“We will in fact have some heavy down pours,” Hauf said. “Everything is moving kind of slowly so we could potentially get some minor flooding.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor says Upstate New York has been in an unusual drought this summer. This will cause the weather pattern this week to bring different results to the area when it comes to whether the storms will be in different places and how long they will last.

Hauf said the weather this week won’t compare to the downpour of rain that came in 2006.

“Back then in June it was very wet,” Hauf said. “So when the moisture came in July it fell as opposed to dissipate.”

Hauf says many areas in Central New York is expected to get rain but if there is minor flooding it should result in little to no damage.

Prepare for showers and thunderstorms every day this week. Check out this week’s forecast according to the National Weather Service.