Posted Friday, September 10, 2010 12:19 PM
An area of low pressure in Atlantic Canada combined with high pressure building in the Great Lakes region are both helping to create a strong pressure gradient over the Northeast region.
You can see that pressure gradient in the map above. The white lines of equal pressure or isobars are stacked closely together. The more tightly they are packed the stronger the pressure gradient.
Players should expect winds to continue to howl out of the west-northwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts over 30 or 35 mph at times on Thursday and Friday.
That same high pressure in the Great Lakes will finally provide one of the calmer days of the US Open tournament as it builds over the Northeast region on Saturday. Finally, it seems, that wind will be a non-factor for the some of the biggest matches of the tournament.
Still, winds near LaGuardia can be a fickle thing. Even as winds subside elsewhere across the region, breezy conditions can sometimes linger in Queens thanks to its proximity to the ocean and Flushing Bay.
After we get through the wind hurdle, there may be one more weather barrier we have to jump over - rain.
A cold front will move through on midday Sunday helping to trigger bouts of rain over Arthur Ashe Stadium and may push the men's final to a Monday match.
Up to date current conditions: