Forecast Details for Towaco, NJ

Recent Locations: Towaco, NJ  
Today: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 62. East wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Low around 47. South wind 8 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers between 1pm and 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Sunday: Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Sunday Night: Showers likely before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 62.
Monday Night: Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tuesday: Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.
Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Thursday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

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Weather Topic: What is Precipitation?

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Precipitation can refer to many different forms of water that may fall from clouds. Precipitation occurs after a cloud has become saturated to the point where its water particles are more dense than the air below the cloud.

In most cases, precipitation will reach the ground, but it is not uncommon for precipitation to evaporate before it reaches the earth's surface. When precipitation evaporates before it contacts the ground it is called Virga. Graupel, hail, sleet, rain, drizzle, and snow are forms of precipitation, but fog and mist are not considered precipitation because the water vapor which constitutes them isn't dense enough to fall to the ground.

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Weather Topic: What is Sleet?

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Sleet is a form of precipitation in which small ice pellets are the primary components. These ice pellets are smaller and more translucent than hailstones, and harder than graupel. Sleet is caused by specific atmospheric conditions and therefore typically doesn't last for extended periods of time.

The condition which leads to sleet formation requires a warmer body of air to be wedged in between two sub-freezing bodies of air. When snow falls through a warmer layer of air it melts, and as it falls through the next sub-freezing body of air it freezes again, forming ice pellets known as sleet. In some cases, water droplets don't have time to freeze before reaching the surface and the result is freezing rain.

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