Monday, July 24, 2017

Stormy,persistent weather pattern bleeding into a fourth straight month of soggy,deary weather for NYC area

Since the Spring 2017 season began,practically,the Jet Stream has been practically stuck in a pattern that has let the Eastern two-thirds of the US remain wet,stormy,raw and cool,although now that the 2017 Summer season has began,that may mean we here in the Northeastern US and the New York City area in particular are in for a stormy,soggy,steamy summer this year. Here's the High and Low Temperature and weather stats for the city of White Plains,NY for each day since April Fool's Day; April 1,2017,as of 9:30AM,EDT,July 24,2017 from

April 1:                    46/36          50/34               -4/+2
April 2:                    61/37          51/35             +10/+2
April 3:                    64/36          51/35             +13/+1
April 4:                    50/44          52/36               -2/+8
April 5:                    60/42          52/36               +8/+6
April 6:                    51/39          53/35                -2/+4
April 7:                    49/39          54/36                -5/+3
April 8:                    54/38          54/36                 0/+2
April 9:                    67/33          55/37              +12/-4
April 10:                  73/41          55/37              +18/+4
April 11:                  78/48          56/38              +22/+10
April 12:                  72/52          56/38              +16/+14
April 13:                  62/44          57/39                 +5/+5
April 14:                  63/41          57/39                 +6/+2
April 15:                  60/40          58/40                 +2/0
April 16:                  85/51          58/40              +27/+11
April 17:                  70/54          59/41              +11/+13
April 18:                  63/45          59/41                +4/+4
April 19:                  53/41          59/41                 -6/0
April 20:                  66/46          60/42                +6/+4
April 21:                  52/48          60/42                -8/+6
April 22:                  56/46          60/42                -4/+4
April 23:                  65/43          61/43                +4/0
April 24:                  62/40          61/43                +1/-3
April 25:                  56/50          61/43                -5/+7
April 26:                  63/53          62/44                +1/+9
April 27:                  67/57          62/44                +5/+13
April 28:                  83/57          62/44              +21/+13
April 29:                  84/62          63/45              +21/+17
April 30:                  64/48          63/45                 +1/+3
May 1:                     70/46          63/45                +7/+1
May 2:                     74/60          64/46              +10/+14
May 3:                     63/45          64/46                 -1/-1
May 4:                     61/39          64/46                 -3/-7
May 5:                     60/48          64/46                 -4/+2
May 6:                     64/52          65/47                 -1/+5
May 7:                     54/46          65/47                -11/-1
May 8:                     55/43          65/47                -10/-4
May 9:                     58/42          65/47                 - 7/-5
May 10:                   61/45          65/47                  -4/-2
May 11:                   60/42          65/47                  -5/-5
May 12:                   61/43          66/48                  -5/-5
May 13:                   54/44          66/48                -12/-4
May 14:                   64/50          66/48                 -2/+2
May 15:                   66/52          66/48                   0/+4
May 16:                   77/55          67/49               +10/+6
May 17:                   85/57          67/49               +18/+8
May 18:                   95/71          67/49               +28/+22       (Record High Set)
May 19:                   90/62          68/50               +22/+12
May 20:                   66/48          68/50                  -2/-2
May 21:                   67/47          68/50                  -1/-3
May 22:                   59/51          69/51                -10/0
May 23:                   70/54          69/51                 +1/+3
May 24:                   70/56          70/52                   0/+4
May 25:                   58/54          71/53               -13/+1
May 26:                   74/54          71/53                +3/+1
May 27:                   73/53          71/53                +2/0
May 28:                   70/56          72/54                -2/+2
May 29:                   57/53          72/54               -15/-1
May 30:                   60/54          72/54               -12/0
May 31:                   75/55          72/54               +3/+1
June 1:                    79/55          73/55               +6/0
June 2:                    74/50          73/55               +1/-5
June 3:                    72/50          73/55                -1/-5
June 4:                    70/54          74/56                -4/-2
June 5:                    64/56          74/56              -10/0
June 6:                    56/50          74/56              -18/-6
June 7:                    68/50          75/57                -7/-7
June 8:                    70/50          75/57                -5/-7
June 9:                    81/47          75/57               +6/-10          (Record Low Set)
June 10:                  85/57          76/58               +9/-1
June 11:                  92/66          76/58             +16/+8
June 12:                  93/69          76/58             +17/+11          (Record High Set)
June 13:                  94/70          77/59             +17/+11          (Record High Set)
June 14:                  85/59          77/59               +8/0
June 15:                  77/57          77/59                 0/-2
June 16:                  68/58          77/59                -9/-1
June 17:                  74/68          78/60                -4/+8
June 18:                  86/72          78/60               +8/+12
June 19:                  84/70          78/60               +6/+10
June 20:                  85/65          78/60               +7/+5
June 21:                  82/64           79/61              +3/+3
June 22:                  85/71           79/61              +6/+10
June 23:                  82/72           79/61              +3/+11
June 24:                  82/72           80/62              +2/+10
June 25:                  81/63           80/62              +1/+1
June 26:                  78/58           80/62                -2/-4
June 27:                  79/59           80/62                -1/-3
June 28:                  79/57           81/63                -2/-6
June 29:                  82/68           81/63               +1/+5
June 30:                  87/69           81/63               +6/+6
July 1:                     84/68           81/63                +3/+5    
July 2:                     88/70           81/63                +7/+7      
July 3:                     87/67           81/63                +6/+4
July 4:                     85/65           81/63                +4/+2
July 5:                     84/66           82/64                +2/+2  
July 6:                     78/64           82/64                 -4/0
July 7:                     80/66           82/64                 -2/+2
July 8:                     84/66           82/64                +2/+2
July 9:                     81/63           82/64                 -1/-1
July 10:                   84/62           82/64                +2/-2
July 11:                   83/71           82/64                +1/+7
July 12:                   88/72           82/64                +6/+8
July 13:                   90/70           83/65                +7/+5
July 14:                   66/62           83/65                -17/-3
July 15:                   82/64           83/65                 -1/-1
July 16:                   84/64           83/65                 +1/-1
July 17:                   82/66           83/65                 -1/+1
July 18:                   86/70           83/65                 +3/+5
July 19:                   92/72           83/65                 +9/+7
July 20:                   92/72           83/65                 +9/+7
July 21:                   91/75           82/64                 +9/+11
July 22:                   84/72           82/64                 +2/+8
July 23:                   78/68           82/64                  -4/+4

-Highest Temperature: 95 degrees on May 18
-Lowest Temperature:  33 degrees on April 9
-# of Highs above normal:   65 days
-# of Highs right at normal:  4 days
-# of Highs below normal:   44 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees above normal: 18 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees below normal: 10 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees above normal: 12 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees below normal:  3 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees above normal:  6 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees below normal:  0 days
-# of Highs at least 25 degrees above normal:  2 days
-# of Highs at least 25 degrees below normal:  0 days
-Rainfall: 15.44 inches
-# of Days of Measurable Precipitation:       47 days
-# of Days of No Measurable Precipitation:  66 days     

Persistent, unrelenting weather pattern has the NYC area persistently soggy and cool (relative to normal)

Thanks to a stubborn Jet Stream trough that has been in place virtually all spring and now into the summer,looks like the Northeastern US and the New York City metro-area,in particular,is in for one steamy,soggy,stormy summer of 2017.Here's the High and Low Temperatures compared to normal for each day since May 1,2017,for the city of White Plains,NY, in suburban Westchester,NY,as of 9:30AM,EDT,July 24,2017 from

May 1:                70/46           63/45          +7/+1
May 2:                74/60           64/46        +10/+14
May 3:                63/45           64/46           -1/-1
May 4:                61/39           64/46           -3/-7
May 5:                60/48           64/46           -4/+2
May 6:                64/52           65/47           -1/+5
May 7:                54/46           65/47          -11/-1
May 8:                55/43           65/47          -10/-4
May 9:                58/42           65/47           - 7/-5
May 10:              61/45           65/47            -4/-2
May 11:              60/42           65/47            -5/-5
May 12:              61/43           66/48            -5/-5
May 13:              54/44           66/48          -12/-4
May 14:              64/50           66/48            -2/+2
May 15:              66/52           67/49            -1/+3
May 16:              80/58           67/49          +13/+9
May 17:              85/57           68/50          +17/+7
May 18:              94/72           68/50          +26/+22   (Record High Set)
May 19:              90/62           68/50          +22/+12
May 20:              65/49           69/51             -4/-2
May 21:              68/48           69/51             -1/-3
May 22:              59/51           70/52           -11/-1
May 23:              69/55           70/52            -1/+3
May 24:              70/56           70/52             0/+4
May 25:              58/54           71/53          -13/+1
May 26:              74/54           71/53           +3/+1
May 27:              73/53           71/53           +2/0
May 28:              70/56           72/54            -2/+2
May 29:              58/54           72/54          -14/0
May 30:              61/53           72/54          -11/-1
May 31:              75/55           72/54           +3/+1
June 1:                79/55           73/55           +6/0
June 2:                74/50           73/55           +1/-5
June 3:                72/50           73/55            -1/-5
June 4:                70/54           74/56            -4/-2
June 5:                64/56           74/56          -10/0
June 6:                56/50           74/56          -18/-6
June 7:                68/50           75/57            -7/-7
June 8:                72/50           75/57            -3/-7
June 9:                81/47           75/57           +6/-10       (Record Low Set)
June 10:              85/57           76/58           +9/-1
June 11:              92/66           76/58         +16/+8 
June 12:              93/69           76/58         +17/+11      (Record High Set)
June 13:              94/70           77/59         +17/+11      (Record High Set)  
June 14:              84/60           77/59           +7/+1
June 15:              77/57           77/59              0/-2
June 16:              68/58           77/59             -9/-1
June 17:              74/68           78/60             -4+8
June 18:              85/73           78/60            +7/+13
June 19:              84/70           78/60            +6/+10
June 20:              86/64           78/60            +8/+4
June 21:              82/64           79/61            +3/+3
June 22:              85/71           79/61            +6/+10
June 23:              82/72           79/61            +3/+11
June 24:              82/72           80/62            +2/+10
June 25:              81/63           80/62            +1/+1
June 26:              78/58           80/62             -2/-4
June 27:              79/59           80/62             -1/-3
June 28:              79/57           81/63             -2/-6
June 29:              82/68           81/63            +1/+5
June 30:              87/69           81/63            +6/+6
July 1:                84/68           81/63             +3/+5
July 2:                89/71           81/63             +8/+8
July 3:                87/67           81/63             +6/+4
July 4:                85/65           81/63             +4/+2
July 5:                84/66           82/64             +2/+2
July 6:                78/64           82/64              -4/0
July 7:                79/67           82/64              -3/+3
July 8:                84/66           82/64             +2/+2
July 9:                82/62           82/64                0/-2
July 10:              84/62           82/64              +2/-2
July 11:              83/71           82/64              +1/+7
July 12:              88/72           82/64              +6/+8
July 13:              91/69           83/65              +8/+4
July 14:              66/62           83/65             -17/-3
July 15:              82/64           83/65               -1/-1
July 16:              84/64           83/65              +1/-1
July 17:              82/66           83/65              -1/+1
July 18:              86/70           83/65             +3/+5
July 19:              91/73           83/65             +8/+8
July 20:              92/72           83/65             +9/+7
July 21:              90/76           82/64             +8/+12
July 22:              84/72           82/64             +2/+8
July 23:              78/68           82/64              -4/+4

-Highest Temperature: 94 degrees on May 18 and June 13
-Lowest Temperature:  39 degrees on May 4
-# of High Temperatures above normal:   43 days      
-# of High Temperatures right at normal:   3 days
-# of High Temperatures below normal:    38 days
 -# of Highs at least 10 degrees above normal:   7 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees below normal:  10 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees above normal:    5 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees below normal:    2 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees above normal:    2 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees below normal:    0 days
-# of Highs at or above 100 degrees:   0 days
-# of Highs between 90-99 degrees:    9 days
-# of Highs between 80-89 degrees:  30 days
-# of Highs between 70-79 degrees:  20 days
-# of Highs between 60-69 degrees : 17 days
-# of Highs below 60 degrees: 8 days
-Rainfall: 11.62 inches
-# of Days of Measurable Precipitation:       30 days
-# of Days of No Measurable Precipitation:  54 days   

Soggy,wet,cool Spring leads to soggy,wet,muggy (and relatively cool) Summer. Persistent weather pattern lingers across 2 seasons for Northeastern US and NYC metro-area

A persistent trough in the Jet Stream over the Eastern two-thirds of the US has lingered for going on 4 straight months resulting in above normal rainfall and precipitation amounts since mid-March 2017 and now that it's lingering into the 2017 summer season,the result has been above normal rainfall totals as well as stiflingly humid,muggy conditions in the New York City tristate area in particular. Here are the Temperature and Rainfall stats for the 2017 summer season so far for the city of White Plains,NY,in suburban Westchester County,as of 9:30AM,EDT,July 24,2017 from

June 21:              82/64           79/61            +3/+3
June 22:              85/71           79/61            +6/+10
June 23:              82/72           79/61            +3/+11
June 24:              82/72           80/62            +2/+10
June 25:              81/63           80/62            +1/+1
June 26:              78/58           80/62             -2/-4
June 27:              79/59           80/62             -1/-3
June 28:              79/57           81/63             -2/-6
June 29:              82/68           81/63            +1/+5
June 30:              87/69           81/63            +6/+6
July 1:                 84/68          81/63             +3/+5
July 2:                 89/71          81/63             +8/+8
July 3:                 87/67          81/63             +6/+4
July 4:                 85/65          81/63             +4/+2
July 5:                 84/66          82/64             +2/+2
July 6:                 78/64          82/64              -4/0
July 7:                 79/67          82/64              -3/+3
July 8:                 84/66          82/64             +2/+2
July 9:                 81/63          82/64              -1/-1
July 10:               84/62          82/64             +2/-2
July 11:               83/71          82/64             +1/+7
July 12:               88/72          82/64             +6/+8
July 13:               91/69          83/65             +8/+4
July 14:               66/62          83/65            -17/-3
July 15:               82/64          83/65              -1/-1
July 16:               84/64          83/65             +1/-1
July 17:               82/66          83/65              -1/+1
July 18:               86/70          83/65             +3/+5
July 19:               91/73          83/65             +8/+8
July 20:               92/72          83/65             +9/+7
July 21:               91/75          82/64             +9/+11
July 22:               84/72          82/64             +2/+8
July 23:               78/68          82/64             -4/+4

-Highest Temperature: 92 degrees on July 20
-Lowest Temperature:  57 degrees on June 28
-# of High Temperatures above normal:   23 days      
-# of High Temperatures right at normal:  0 days
-# of High Temperatures below normal:   10 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees above normal: 0 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees below normal: 1 day       (July 14)
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees above normal: 0 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees below normal: 1 day       (July 14)
-# of Highs at or above 100 degrees:   0 days
-# of Highs between 90-99 degrees:    4 days
-# of Highs between 80-89 degrees:  21 days
-# of Highs between 70-79 degrees:    6 days
-# of Highs below 70 degrees: 1 day                   (July 14)
-Rainfall: 3.52 inches
-# of Days of Measurable Precipitation:        11 days
-# of Days of No Measurable Precipitation:   22 days      

Drenching storms to threaten travel disruptions, urban flooding in southern US this week

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
July 24,2017, 10:40:35AM,EDT
 As storms repeat over parts of the southern United States, the risk of flooding and travel disruptions will increase at the local level this week.
Thunderstorms have the potential to be heavy and gusty in the southern U.S. during most days of the summer. Intense sunshine combined with plenty of moisture provide both the spark and the fuel for heavy-duty storms.
Static SE Plain Language Tuesday

However, the setup much of this week will allow some storms to pack an extra strong punch, even by Southern standards.
"The combination of a front sagging southward and a pocket of cool air aloft will be the trigger for locally intense storms in the Deep South through midweek," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.
"Light winds aloft will cause the storms to move very slowly, which will increase the risk of flash and urban flooding," Anderson said.
Motorists will need to be alert when on the highway as a seemingly harmless downpour could turn into a deluge that causes flooding and near-zero visibility.
Static South Storms Wednesday

In a few extreme cases, a couple of inches of rain may fall in a hour that overwhelms storm drains and leads to high water on streets and highways in some communities.
Never attempt to drive through flooded areas. The water may be much deeper than it appears and may be rising. A mere 1-2 feet of water can cause most vehicles to float.
Some of the storms may also produce highly-localized strong winds that can topple trees and cause property damage.
Through the middle of this week, the main threat for storms with flash flooding and damaging winds will focus to the south of Little Rock, Arkansas, Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta and southeast of Charlotte, North Carolina. Near and north of these areas, thunderstorms are still possible, but they will tend to be very spotty in nature.
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The repeating nature of these storms has the potential to ruin more than one day at the beach. Some of the rain may fall during the midday and afternoon, as opposed to the typical setup with rain mainly restricted to the evening, overnight and early morning hours.
In coastal areas, this sort of setup can lead to isolated waterspouts, in addition to torrential rainfall and flash flooding.
Along portions of Interstate 10, I-95, U.S. Route 17 and the beaches, from 3 to 6 inches of rain may fall with locally higher amounts this week.
"While it will remain hot and humid over much of the South, the pattern may prevent temperatures from reaching the extreme levels we had in many areas this past weekend," Anderson said.
Highs in most areas will range from the upper 80s F to the middle 90s.
Late in the week, storms are likely to become more spotty in nature near the Gulf and southern Atlantic coasts.
However, the risk of heavy, gusty storms will increase near and north of I-20 and I-85 as a push of cooler and less humid air advances across the central Plains and Midwest.

Cool, wet weather to plague Germany into midweek

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
July 24,2017, 9:44:26AM,EDT
Cool, wet weather will prevail across Germany into the middle of the week as a slow-moving storm system crosses the country.
The storm system will cause rounds of rain on a daily basis through at least Wednesday.
The accompanying downpours will endanger motorists by reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds.
Germany 7/24

Any substantial rain could renew flooding issues where the ground has been left over-saturated from downpours over the past week.
The greatest threat for flooding on Tuesday will be across northern Germany, including Berlin and Hamburg.
However, the threat for thunder and lightning will come to an end as cooler air spreads over the country on Tuesday.
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Tuesday will feature the lowest temperatures of the week for many locations with highs of 17-20 C (62-68 F) common throughout the country.
The combination of thick clouds, periods of rain and chilly air will make it feel more like early October than late July.
The heaviest downpours will shift southward on Wednesday, bringing the highest threat for flooding to Bavaria. Nuremberg and Munich will be at risk.
While rainfall will become more isolated on Thursday and Friday, residents will still need to keep rain gear handy and be prepared for showers to put a damper on any outdoor plans.

How did shark attack hysteria originate in the US?

By Tyler Losier, AccuWeather staff writer 
 In early July of 1916, a series of shark attacks dotted the coast of the Jersey Shore, setting in motion a trend of fear and unease that still weighs on the minds of beachgoers to this day.
Most of the panic surrounding these attacks was from the idea the suspected culprit was a single shark, leading Australian scientist Dr. Victor Coppleson to coin the term “rogue shark” to describe such malicious, man-eating beasts.
The rogue shark theory maintains that certain sharks, due to injury or some other mysterious factor, develop a taste for humans, causing them to purposely and repeatedly seek out humans as prey. But is there any truth to these claims?
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The Shallows, Gansbaai, Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA (Bernard Dupont/Flickr)

“We keep a compendium of investigations on shark attacks worldwide that was started in 1958, with data going back to the mid-1500s,” said George Burgess, the director of the International Shark Attack File. “After looking at more than 6,000 of these investigations, we found very few that give any indication that a single shark was sequentially going after human beings.”
The Jersey Shore attacks mark one of the only times in history that a single shark has been responsible for multiple, unprovoked attacks. Experts like Burgess stress that instances like these are exceptions to the rule, not the rule itself. Still, some dissenting experts believe two or more sharks could have been involved.
“I suppose there is a tendency in humans to look for a connection, and we don’t have to look far to find people who are making up conspiracy explanations for all kinds of things,” Burgess said. “Perhaps the Australian who was pushing this theory was connecting some dots that weren’t there for whatever reason.”
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Since very few people will actually find themselves face to face with a shark in real life, much of what the public knows about sharks is learned through depictions shown in popular media. This can be problematic, given that sensationalism and misinformation are frequently present in the entertainment industry’s portrayal of sharks.
Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller Jaws is a perfect example of how popular culture can influence public perception.
“Of course, [Jaws] was a work of fiction, but they intended for people to believe the story line as any good work of art does,” Burgess said. “So, a lot of people came out of the movie with the thought process of ‘everything we saw in there is true,' when in fact, artistic license was used and some facts were distorted for the benefit of the presentation.”
In the years that followed the release of Jaws, sharks were quickly elevated to public enemy number one. Beach tourism dropped significantly, and people began to hunt sharks for sport, seeking to rid the oceans of the seemingly dangerous animals once and for all.
Shark Fishing
A giant 13-foot Great White shark is lifted by an earthmover for a crowd of hundreds to see, June 29, 1979, after the giant shark was brought to the local marina in Center Moriches, N.Y., caught after a 14 1/2 hour struggle, was landed in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island. (AP Photo)

But the attention wasn’t all bad. As the number of sharks began to decrease, scientists took notice, leading to a push for more funding and research.
“Animals that are important sport or food fish would always get the money first,” Burgess said. “After the decline [in shark populations] began, some funding started to come in, and the study of sharks took off a lot more than [it] had been in the previous 30 or 50 years. From that, we know more about sharks today, so it was a double-edged sword.”
As for the current state of affairs, sharks are still largely misunderstood by the public, but perceptions are getting better. Scientists know more about sharks today than ever before. Considering human and shark interactions will only increase and both populations continue to grow, this is essential.
“The hysteria that Jaws underscored still exists in certain places, and even when it's understood that that sort of thing isn’t real, I think there’s a temptation to resurrect it for certain purposes,” Burgess said. “The reality is in any given year, sharks kill about six people worldwide, and humans are probably putting about 100 million sharks away. It’s at least 10 million to 1, the ratio of who’s killing who.”
“So obviously the story isn’t shark bites man; it’s that man bites shark.”

How to safely view the total solar eclipse

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
July 24,2017, 7:59:02AM,EDT
 Viewing the upcoming total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 does not only mean planning where to travel to see it, but also having the proper tools to view it safely.
Eclipse glasses feature a specially designed pair of solar filters, which allow people to safely view the sun and are a necessity for viewing an eclipse.
The only time that people do not need to wear these solar filters is during the brief period of time when the moon completely covers the face of the sun, also known as totality.
“You use these filters when any part of the bright sun is visible, but during totality when all of the bright sun’s face is covered, you take them off and look at what is arguably one of the most spectacular sights in all of nature,” said Rick Fienberg, press officer of the American Astronomical Society.
1. Why it is important to wear eclipse glasses, not sunglasses
Looking at the sun without specially made solar filters, even for a few seconds, can lead to long-term, irreversible eye damage.
“The reason that [eclipse glasses] are important is because the sun is so insanely bright that if you were to look at it for more than a fraction of a second, you would risk serious injury to your retinas,” Fienberg said.
Some may think that dark sunglasses are just as good, but they do not offer nearly enough protection.
“Not only do [eclipse glasses] block 100,000 times more visible light than ordinary sunglasses, but they also block potentially harmful ultraviolet and infrared radiation, “ Fienberg said.
AP eclipse glasses
An Indian girl uses cardboard eclipse glasses as she watches the transit of Venus at a planetarium in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

2. Solar filters for cameras, telescopes and binoculars
Eclipse glasses are meant for people to wear to view the sun, but it is important not to pair them with binoculars, telescopes or a camera.
“You absolutely must never ever look at the sun with any kind of magnification without a special filter,” Fienberg said.
Binoculars and telescopes focus sunlight, so using solar filters incorrectly with these object can lead to significant eye damage.
“The only filters that work with optics are filters that are made to go over the front and can be attached securely,” Fienberg said.
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Solar filters for telescopes, binoculars and cameras are commonly sold by manufacturers, so those planning to use any of these items should purchase the filters ahead of time and test them out before the day of the eclipse.
Fienberg added that looking at the digital display screen of a camera or cell phone won’t harm your eyes, but it may burn out the sensor in the camera.
3. Where to find eclipse glasses
People that do not have eclipse glasses yet should get a pair as soon as they can to make sure that they have them in time for the big event on Aug. 21.
There are many places online to order eclipse glasses to get them sent to your house, but the American Astronomical Society recommends purchasing them from manufacturers and certified vendors.
It may be wise to order them sooner rather than later as some websites are expected to sell out due to the high demand for glasses.
Some stores across the country are also beginning to sell eclipse glasses, especially those located in the path of totality. Some public libraries will also have a small supply of glasses available.
4. How to view the eclipse without eclipse glasses
People that can't get a hold of eclipse glasses by Aug. 21 can still view the celestial event indirectly in many different ways.
One of the most common ways is to make a simple device called a pinhole viewer, which can be made with a piece of paper and an empty cereal box.
“Another way to do this is to punch a small hole in a card, and with the sun at your back, project the sun through that hole onto a second card, a wall or the ground,” Fienberg said.

Poked many holes in a card and you can see the solar eclipse

These projections will not be round dots, but little crescents that look the same as the current phase of the partial solar eclipse.
The same crescent shadows can be seen by using any object with little holes in them, such as a spaghetti colander or slotted spoon.
There are also ways to view the eclipse indirectly without any equipment.
NASA tree pinholes
Trees can make great pinhole projectors, according to NASA. On a sunny day, thousands of circles of light can be projected onto beneath the trees around you, NASA states. (Photo/NASA)

“The easiest way which needs no equipment at all is to find a nice leafy tree and look under it during the partial phases of the eclipse,” Fienberg said.
This will reveal plenty of crescent suns on the ground in the shadow of the tree where light peers through.
Stretching out your arms and crossing your fingers over each other like a web can also reveal crescent-shaped shadows.

Questions or comments? Email Brian Lada at and be sure to follow him on Twitter!

Reports: Severe storms unleash flooding rain across northeastern US

July 24,2017, 9:38:20AM,EDT
 As of 7:30 a.m. EDT Monday, this reports story will no longer be updated.
An area of heavy rain and localized downpours will inundate southeastern New England through Monday afternoon, heightening the risk for flash flooding.
Rounds of heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms will move from northeastern Pennsylvania through southern New England on Monday. This corridor will receive a general 1-2 inches of rain, with some areas seeing up to 3 inches of rain. Localized flooding will be likely across this area.

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24-hour rainfall totals in the Northeast are reaching extreme levels. Winterthur, Delaware, reported 7.44 inches of rain as of 4 a.m. EDT Monday.
Ship Bottom, New Jersey, in Ocean County reported 4.35 inches in a day, with as much as 1.57 inches falling over the course of an hour.

High water is threatening homes across the region. As of about 2:00 a.m. EDT Monday, water was rising to trailer homes in Rome, Pennsylvania.
In South Vestal, New York, 11 homes had to be evacuated along Choconut Creek. A later report said the water was headed from the creek down to West Hill Road.

Reports of flooding continue to flow in. There are multiple reports of heavy rain flooding both roadways and basements in College Park, Maryland, home to the University of Maryland.
Pennsylvania continues to be doused in persistent, heavy rain. Many roadways are reported flooded in Bradford, Jefferson and Tioga Counties. Water rescues are underway.
Broome County, New York, is also under a serious flood threat. Some homes are preparing to evacuate in Corbettsville.

A tornado warning is in effect for parts of Queen Anne's County and the southwestern region of Kent County in Maryland until 2:00 a.m. EDT Monday.
As of about 1:30 am EDT, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD measured 1.7" of rain in one hour.

According to local media, Woodlayne Court Apartments in Middletown, Pennsylvania, are being evacuated as about five feet of water have flooded into the basement. First responders are on the scene to get handicapped residents out to safety.

Several roadways are closed around Binghamton and Kirkwood, New York, due to heavy rain. Officials say I-81 is down to one lane near Colesville Road, as of about 12:00 a.m. EDT Monday.
Multiple water rescues are reported in Windham Township, Pennsylvania.

Red Clay Creek reportedly rose 9.5 feet in Stanton, Delaware at Stanton Estates. Measurement was reported at about 10:40 p.m. EDT Sunday.

Salem County, New Jersey, measured 2.97 inches of rain in an hour as of 10:30 p.m. EDT Sunday. 3.22 inches were measured over the course of 24 hours.

As of about 10:20 p.m. EDT Sunday, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, is flooded along several roadways, including routes 31, 51, 119, 981, and 819. There are also multiple reports of flooded basements in Westmoreland and Washington counties.
Miola Road in Cooksburg, Pennsylvania, is reportedly flooded and closed.

Flash flooding caused several road closures around Havre de Grace, Maryland, earlier Sunday night, according to the Havre de Grace Police Department. As of 9:50 p.m. EDT, the roads have since been reopened.
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The Havre de Grace Police Department warns residents of flooding at the intersection of Juniata and Revolutions streets following heavy rain in Havre de Grace, Maryland, on July 23, 2017. (Photo/FB/Havre de Grace Police Department)

As of 9 p.m. EST Sunday, there is a traffic management program in effect for air traffic arriving at Philadelphia International Airport, (PHL) due to thunderstorms. This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 47 minutes, the Federal Aviation Administration reports.
Flight delays of more than three hours are in effect for traffic head to La Guardia Airport in New York City, and Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. Flight delays of over two hours are being reported at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

Flash flooding has been reported around the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area Sunday evening. This photo from around 8:30 p.m. EDT shows a truck submerged in floodwaters in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
Between 6 and 7 p.m. EDT Sunday, over 4.2 inches of rain fell at Harrisburg International Airport.
Water levels at this same spot in Middletown clearly receding. A truck is now surfacing.

Cooler air to relieve northeastern US of steamy, stormy conditions

By Kyle Elliott, AccuWeather meteorologist
July 24,2017, 10:39:27AM,EDT
A brief blast of September-like air will follow the rounds of thunderstorms and torrential downpours in the northeastern United States early this week.
Skies opened up and thunderstorms slammed the mid-Atlantic states on Sunday and Sunday night.
Many locations in the mid-Atlantic received 1 to 3 inches of rain through Sunday night, but localized rainfall amounts of up to 6 inches turned roadways into rivers and streams into raging torrents of water.
While the intensity of the rain will diminish to an extent as it moves across New England into Monday evening, the potential for localized flash flooding remains in cities such as Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and Worcester, Springfield and Boston, Massachusetts.
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Another zone of heavy rain will eye areas from upstate New York to northern Vermont, including the city of Burlington.
Any localized heavier downpour or series of downpours that linger over an area for an extended period of time can heighten the risk of destructive flash flooding. Residents living along streams and creeks should remain abreast of flash flood advisories.
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"There will be areas that experience persistent heavy rain over a 2-3 hour period which will cause street flooding and make some roads impassible for a time, as well as trigger flight delays," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.
The risk for vehicles hydroplaning and multi-vehicle collisions increases greatly at highway speeds when downpours quickly reduce roadway visibility to near zero.
"Flooding could lead to road closures, and ripple-effect flight delays even after the heavy rain departs," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
Areas south and west of New York City should see generally drier conditions into Monday evening, although a few gusty afternoon thunderstorms may threaten areas in the interior mid-Atlantic from western Maryland to south-central New York.
Tuesday cooler July 23

After the storm system responsible for the violent weather pushes off the Eastern Seaboard on Monday evening, the cooler air will expand over the entire northeastern United States by Tuesday.
High temperatures will be stuck in the 60s and 70s for a few days across the northern mid-Atlantic and New England, which is 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit below normal for late July.
The cooler air will be a stark contrast to the extreme heat and humidity scorching the eastern U.S. during recent weeks.
"Some locations that had high temperatures in the 90s late last week will not get out of the 60s both Monday and Tuesday," Doll added.
The change in temperatures will be less dramatic, in areas farther south in the mid-Atlantic.
While temperatures in the lower to middle 70s replace highs in the 90s in New York City, highs will be held just below 90 F in Washington, D.C., and near 80 F in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
At this level, temperatures will be more typical for September.
Temperatures will rebound in parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, but cool, easterly winds and limited sunshine may allow Wednesday to be equally or slightly cooler than Tuesday from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.
By the end of the week, heat, humidity and the threat for disruptive thunderstorms may chase away the early preview of autumn across the northeastern U.S.
Boz Boz
How come the "polar vortex" never seems to hit during these months??
William Smith · I know what you mean; this is definitely an intrusion of cool,Canadian air coming down here. Not too many times do you see temps in the 50's and 60's in July even around here.The only thing I'd agrue about with this article is that these temps are actually nearly 20 degrees below normal for July 24 not just 10 degrees like this article says.