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Clouding Up and Cooling Down

Dan Stillman @ 7:35 AM

Yesterday's sunshine and highs near 80 will be replaced today with cooler and cloudier conditions. In fact, thanks to a very strong cold front coming out of the Midwest, it might be quite some time before the thermometer threatens the 80-degree mark again.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighCloudy and cooler, chance of PM showers. As the first wave of a cold front approaches, expect thickening clouds with a 30% chance of showers after 12 p.m. It'll be a cooler day than yesterday, with high temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70. Tonight, the chance of showers continues at 30% as temps head for a low near 60.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighCool day, cold night. Maybe a lingering morning shower. Otherwise, expect a breezy, partly cloudy day with high temperatures in the mid 60s. It looks like the cold front's second wave will hang back to the west during the day, and then come through during the evening and overnight hours with falling temperatures, cloudy skies and a 30% chance of showers. Overnight lows will likely drop all the way down into the 40s.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighBrightening skies, chilly breeze. Once again, a lingering morning shower is possible. Skies should turn partly sunny by lunchtime, and mostly sunny during the afternoon. Despite the sunshine, it will feel quite chilly thanks to breezy northwest winds and a high only in the mid 50s. Overnight, mostly clear and cold with diminishing winds. Lows in the low 40s in town, mid-to-upper 30s in the burbs.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighMostly sunny, moderating temperatures. It should primarily be a mostly sunny weekend, though increasing clouds are possible by Sunday afternoon. Highs should top out in the upper 50s to near 60 on Saturday, and in the mid 60s on Sunday.

Disappearing Sand

This past weekend's stormy weather caused erosion along the Delaware shoreline. According to this story, Bethany and South Bethany were the hardest hit. Just like with Tropical Storm Ernesto in September, the beach was almost entirely engulfed by water during high tide.

Anthony P. Pratt, the state shoreline and waterway administrator, notes a positive impact of the weekend storm: "The sand that's eroded off the beach is deposited in the sand bar system offshore, and that helps to break waves farther off the beach."

Nevertheless, local officials are anxiously awaiting congressional approval of a project to rebuild the Bethany and South Bethany beaches by pumping in sand from offshore, though some say that process will only weaken the offshore sandbar that protects the beaches from erosion.

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