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UPDATE: Enjoying the weather for a change

The last day of spring is just about problem-free for the tri-state area. Some of us will even get through the entire weekend high and dry.

Good Thursday morning to one and all!

Update: Yes, as expected there is more valley fog to contend with this morning. Here's a map that you can use to see where the satellites are seeing it in the dark (which is an experimental product but quite cool to think about considering how far we've come technologically)

Yesterday's sunshine will take a firmer hold today, even scouring out those stodgy valleys that held fast yesterday morning.

HPC - Surface Map - Thursday Afternoon

Now that the core of the high pressure is more directly overhead, everybody will get into the act today, and much quicker than yesterday's herky-jerky start in the Kanawha Valley.

Speaking of which, it is the 150th Birthday for West Virginia's Statehood today, and there are many festivities going on in celebration. Also, the WV Power are back in town for an extended home-stand. Ball-players are going to like these next few days, as even the softball infields will dry out nicely.

Originally, we had been talking about somewhat of a rainfall deficit in parts of our area from the first part of the year:

But that has been all but wiped out by our persistent storming that just ended. On the one hand, the longer-term crops and trees are liking this new shot-in-the-arm of rainfall, but the short-term flowers and vegetables may well be drowning in water. One thing John Marra stresses is that you should never consume any vegetables that were once covered over by floodwaters (unless they were completely underground like potatoes and such).

HPC - Rainfall Projection - Through Wednesday PM

In a 7-day period, a total rainfall projection like this for the tri-state area equates to a sparse amount for sure. A ridge of high pressure keeps things moving above us while we're also not nearly close enough to the shoreline to get those storms (but plan accordingly if heading to Myrtle Beach). Eventually our lot will be with the pop-up afternoon thunderstorms. This will be about the only thing that can keep the afternoon temperatures from soaring toward 90, so perhaps they will be welcome when they arrive later this weekend. But speaking of the number "90", most of us will spend at least 90% of the day dry even if a scattered storm spots up near you.

Have a great day everyone!

-B

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