- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The National Weather Service says near-record high moisture in the air will produce heavy rain and possibly flash flooding in upstate New York.

Forecasters say there’s far more water in the air than normal over the region, as measured by the “precipitable water volume,” or PWAT in meteorological jargon.

The average PWAT in upstate New York in mid-August is about 1 inch. National Weather Service meteorologist Steve DiRienzo at Albany says it’s just over 2 inches Friday and may climb above 2.5 over the weekend. The record in Albany this time of year is 2.53 inches.

DiRienzo says thunderstorms could turn that moisture into as much as 2 inches of rain in 15 minutes in some spots this weekend. On the bright side, he says it might end the drought in western New York.

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