By Josiah Acheampong
Weekend Washout! Outdoor weekend plans/activities will need an indoor alternative as a strong coastal storm, tropical storm Ophelia, slams a wall of rain into the Northeast, bringing heavy rain, gusty winds, with a risk of flash flooding to the Purchase Campus.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2023
WHAT TO EXPECT: RAW & RAINY
Rain will begin during the morning hours of Saturday. So, if you’re trying to catch breakfast from the hub, crocs may not be the best shoe choice. The heaviest rain will occur during the late morning and last into the afternoon hours before tapering off during the evening. This means that unlike this past week, Saturday may not be the best day to lay out on the Great Lawn with homework. Rain showers will linger into the evening hours, as well.
There is a slight risk of flash flooding for the area. This means that low-lying areas or places on campus with poor drainage will be the first areas to have issues with ponding and flooding. Further, wind will be a factor winds could gust up to 30-35mph during the day on Saturday. That’s enough to blow small items like flags, umbrellas, and other loose items. Power outages aren’t likely to be widespread but keep the possibility in mind as the storm moves through.
In addition, sporting events taking place on Saturday such as the Women’s Tennis & Soccer matches, and the Men’s soccer will have a high likelihood of cancellation due to the inclement weather whether they take place on campus or within the tri-state area.
High temperatures will struggle to reach 60°F throughout much of the area. So, grab your jackets because it will feel chilly out. Expect a low temperature of 55°F.
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SEPTEMBER 24, 2023
WHAT TO EXPECT: STILL SOGGY
Unlike Saturday, Sunday will not be a complete wash out. On and off rain showers will take place throughout the day. Outdoor plans may be postponed or cancelled similar to Saturday. For example, the Men’s and Women’s cross country meet in Newburgh may still be affected by lingering rain showers in the area.
However, temperatures will be slightly warmer than Saturday. Expect a high temperature of 64°F and a low temperature of 57°F. Overall, not the best way to end the weekend as we prepare to enter the fifth week of the fall semester.
When it’s all said and done, we can expect 2” to 2.5” of rain to have fallen in the area.
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