cirrus cloudsWell, after a rainy couple of days it is nice to see the skies clearing just in time for the apocalypse. The apocalypse? Yes, Gothamist was made aware of a press release from a group claiming to be biblical scholars. The group predicts, with 98% confidence, that the "UN Plasa in Midtown Manhattan will be hit by a terrorist nuclear bomb between Thursday evening June 29th and Tuesday evening July 4th". The Poconos are looking really good for a weekend getaway. Oh, wait, a few weeks ago these so-called scholars were 85% certain annihilation was going to occur on June 9th and 10th, and this turns out to be their fourth attempt. Gothamist is impressed by their perserverence but not by their tenuous connection to reality.

High humidity and rain showers are more likely than nuclear explosions for the next few days. Early this afternoon doesn't look too bad, but showers and perhaps a thunderstorm may pop up later in the day. We are oh-so-close to displacing 1887 as the fifth rainiest June since records began in Central Park. One good rain shower between now and Friday night will do it. The wettest June on record occurred only three years ago, when 10.27 inches of rain fell.

Showers are likely again tomorrow, but the threat of rain should diminish quite a bit by Friday on through the weekend. As the clouds diminish temperatures should climb back to more normal levels. Expect highs to be in the low- to mid-80s over the weekend except apparently near the UN, where temperatures may jump briefly into the millions of degrees.

Satellite image of cirrus clouds because we like the gaudy colors from the Naval Research Labs.