Warm, cloudy evening expected for ride

Motorcyclists participating in the 9/11 Memorial Ride later today might be facing the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, according to Rob Radzanowski, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

“It’s going to be hot in the late afternoon with a 50 percent chance of hit or miss showers after 4 p.m.,” Radzanowski said. There is also a chance of gusty winds and small hail.

He cautioned that it is important to “keep an eye out” for lightning and to try to avoid it.

The ride begins at 5 p.m. at the Clinton Township Fire Hall, Montgomery, with a memorial service. This year, Father John Manno, one of the early organizers of the event, who passed away earlier this year, will be honored at the service.

According to Tom “Tank” Baird, one of the organizers of the ride, there will be no detours for the 9-11 Memorial Ride this year. Last year because of flooding the group had to cross the river at Maynard Street but this year the motorcyclists will follow their regular route crossing the Susquehanna on the Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard Memorial Bridge and entering the city on Arch Street.

Baird also said the city has agreed to open one lane at the street project at East Third and Basin streets in order for the motorcyclists to pass. He noted the city is also mobilizing city employees in the police, fire and streets departments to block intersections.

A 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms continues through tonight with lows in the mid-60s.

Temperatures throughout the week will remain about 10 degrees above normal with daytime highs running in the 80s today through Thursday. Along with the higher temperatures, Radzanowski said conditions will be humid with showers and thunderstorms throughout the period.

Thursday will be partly sunny with a chance of morning showers increasing to a 40 percent chance in the evening, with a low around 60. It will continue to be humid.

Friday brings cooler temperatures with the high in the lower 70s and temperatures at night in the lower 60s.

The weekend brings temperatures in the upper 70s on Saturday and around 80 on Sunday. There is a 40 percent chance of a shower or thunderstorm on Saturday. Sunday should be mostly sunny.

“It is more summer-like than fall-like,” he noted, adding that a high pressure ridge over the area is bringing the summery conditions.

“It’s going to be hot and muggy, especially at night,” the meteorologist said.

Fall officially begins Sept. 23., bringing with it cooler temperatures and a chill in the morning, which will be more noticeable after the warm weather pattern.