Update - Bonus sunshine gets us into extra-innings

Sunshine manages to stick around for one more day. Solar eclipse for much of the US tonight (shall we get a piece?). Showers then stop by next week followed by some heat.

Updates below (most recent - 7:30pm)

Sunday--SUNDAY--Sunday!

Totally irrelevant... But do you realize that the Bigfoot monster truck (and the whole "monster truck" thing) has been at it for more than 30 years? Well, not the same truck ;-) I think they're up to 14 generations of Bigfoot now... they tend to get, damaged.

Anyway, today would be an excellent day for some four-wheeling (with helmets, of course). The dry-out we've been experiencing may put a little less mud out there, but that's fine with me. Actually, we had been concerned about some showers approaching us from the east, but recent model runs were reducing that threat. Here's how we stand for the afternoon now:

NAM - Sunday PM NAM - Clouds - Sunday PM

Particularly on the right-hand "Cloud" modeling, you can see the squeeze play at work that we've been talking about over the past few days. I still think we'll have clouds in the eastern mountains, and a threat for showers from say Beckley through to Elkins eastward (it verified yesterday as well).

---Tangent (Solar Eclipse Coming)---

I bet just about all of you have been hearing about the arrival of a Solar Eclispe, so let's talk about it too :-) It's actually a big deal for the western United States because though partial eclipses happen multiple times per year, it's less frequent to get (a) a total solar eclipse; and (b) one that happens to be visible in the small area of the US. It's actually been almost 20 years since the last one. Here's an image of this year's eclipse path (subtract 4 hours for our time zone):

The viewing is by far the best near the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, but folks far to the east will be fighting against the sunset itself to get even a piece of the action. In our area, the best we can hope for is a peek at the Sun being partially obscured by the moon, but only right at sunset. This means a lot of valley locations will miss it because of trees and terrain in the way. I suspect a few low clouds will also be around to spoil the party too, but if all things come together right (an 'eclipse' if you will), you should be able to see a piece of the action a little before 8:30-- 8:24-ish, but don't blink!

---End Tangent---

Continuing with the weather for the work-week, we finally get the showers to return to the area. Whether we get the ones coming from the east, or the ones arriving from the west, the flowers care not :-)

HPC - Rainfall Estimates - Through Wednesday AM

A very manageable 'garden variety' event, though the front working in from the west will channel a few thunderstorms. As of now, severe weather is not expected to make it into our area.

The Heat Returns

After these showers leave mid-week, warm air comes rushing into the country from the Mexican plain, sparking our next push toward the 90-degree mark. Check this out:

GFS - MaxTemps - Thursday GFS - MaxTemps - Friday GFS - MaxTemps - Saturday

Blow out the vents! There will be a lot of Air Conditioning going on soon enough :-)

Update (8:30am) - Well whaddya know... Here's another reason why we didn't have the extent of rainfall spilling into and across the WV mountains today like one of the models was indicating: Instead it was concentrated around a low-pressure center off the South Carolina coast to comprise what is now the first Tropical Storm of the season! Tropical Storm Alberto is his name. Here is the latest on its position, track, and wind field:

NHC - Tropical Storm Alberto - Track NHC - Tropical Storm Alberto - Wind Field

It's not completely unusual nor unprecedented to begin the Atlantic tropical season before the June 1st "official" start date, but here we go!

Update (7:30pm) - The first pics of the Solar Eclipse are coming in from Japan. Because we have a lot of high clouds, and because we'd only see a partial eclipse at best if we didn't have the clouds (and if we were on an elevated surface), we might as well watch what comes in from other places.

Take a look :-)

Twitter and Pinterest are great places to follow these sorts of live-action events. Photographing Solar Eclipses is a dangerous thing to do with regular cameras, so special care/equipment needs to be brought to bear. Simply taking a pic through smoky glass is the easiest way to get around it ;-)

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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