8/19 Update - A comfortable weekend, but with clouds around the edges

Sunshine returns today, and sticks around for Sunday, but in the northern and eastern sections of our area we may have to fight a bit more to keep clouds at bay, as a few showers brush by.

Update (8/19) - We'll be waking up this morning to partly sunny skies, and then battling a little bit with the clouds. The reason why is what we were talking about yesterday-- the "clouds around the edges". We'll have to see just how close the mountain showers encroach on us today, but folks heading to the mountains to the east may not be happy. Here's the "Simulated Radar" (hi-res) product from the NAM:

NAM - SimRadar - 10am Sunday NAM - SimRadar - 5pm Sunday

The rains on the southern/eastern mountains are looking better than the ones up in interior Ohio this morning. It's fascinating to me to see these maps verify-- well, when they do :-)  Keep watch of the maps below for your radar needs today, and we'll see if this hi-res model is on the mark.

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Good Saturday morning to you.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the weather blog :)

Today will start out with pockets of dense fog, so here are those tracking maps:

GOES-13 Fog Product (Experimental) GOES-13 Fog Depth Estimate

All the blues and reds on the right-hand map indicate parts of the Kanawha Valley and on up I-79 are pretty socked in. This is in response to the cooling of the air following a rain event. The air simply can't hold as much moisture at cooler temperatures, so instead of being invisible water vapor there's a lot of condensation into the visible. I suspect this is going to mull around some parts for a while. Southern Ohio gets back into the sunshine first, while parts east may have to wait until late-morning before that layer lifts upward enough to disperse.

High pressure returns to the region today, allowing for (eventual) pleasant skies and cooler temperatures. Highs will stay in the 70s for the most part, cracking 80 tomorrow if we can manage to hold onto more sunshine. Here are the surface maps from HPC:

HPC - Surface Map - Saturday PM HPC - Surface Map - Sunday

The influence of this area of high pressure is the strongest over our area Saturday PM through early Sunday. Following that, we'll see a weak frontal system drop into the Ohio Valley along the I-70 corridor. This has the potential to scare up some clouds (and even an isolated shower) in our interior Ohio counties as well as the eastern mountains because of the extra lifting elevation provides. If this does happen, it's still not expected to be anything of consequence. Most of us will still be able to enjoy a pleasant day overall.

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

From the Storm Prediction Center (below): Click For a Larger Image

Activity Overview Storm Outlook Watches Potential Watches Storm Reports
Temperatures HD Doppler Radar Estimated Rainfall Active Warnings
Current Temperatures HD Doppler Radar Estimated Rainfall Active NWS Warnings
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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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