Region to stay warm, wet

As raindrops keep falling on the heads of Altoona area residents, AccuWeather issued its fall forecast Wednesday that calls for guess what — more rain.

The mid-Atlantic region, in particular, may be faced with tropical rainfall early in the season, said AccuWeather long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok.

“There’s been a lot of rainfall for the spring and summer, so if we do get any tropical impact, the risk of flash flooding will exist,” Pastelok said.

Precipitation at the Altoona-Blair County Airport at Martinsburg totaled 7.3 inches in July, 4.04 inches above normal,” said National Weather Service meterorologist Craig Evanego.

“It was a wet month but not as wet as a lot of places in eastern Pennsylvania,” Evanego said.

Year to date precipitation is 29.65 inches, about 8.73 inches above normal. The average daily temperature for July was 73.1, about 2.5 degrees above normal, Evanego said.

AccuWeather also said the fall is expected to be warm.

A warm fall is predicted overall for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic as chilly air takes its time to arrive.

Warmth is set to linger across upstate New York, New England and the northern mid-Atlantic states, with nights cooling off before daytime highs start to drop.

“You can expect it to cool down the farther south and west you go due to precipitation,” Pastelok said.

The National Weather Service expects the fall to be warm but expects precipitation to be near normal.

“According to our Climate Prediction Center for August, September and October, for central Pennsylvania there is a great chance for above normal temperatures and precipitation has an equal chance to be above or below normal,” Evanego said. “So we are looking for warmer than normal temperatures and about normal precipitation,” Evanego said.

While autumn may take longer than usual to arrive, it will be a picturesque season if forecasters are correct. Dry weather in the Northeast paired will cool nights will pave the way for vibrant leaves to emerge across the region, Pastelok said.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.