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Turning the corner... Onward to Summer!

The showers and storms of the last couple days are fading today, with sunshine and lower humidities lining up for the second-half of the week.

Good Wednesday morning everyone!

I know a lot of us have received a lot of rain, to the point that we're no longer talking about any sort of drought or rainfall deficit. My heart goes out to the folks in Roane County who were hit multiple times by flooding in the last week alone. Naturally others have also had to deal with flooding, but the worst has past and we improve from here.

NAM - Wednesday Midday

There will be a few spotty showers early in the day as the front sags through the south, but the trend for the afternoon indeed will be returning sunshine and lower humidity. This will just be the start of the trend, as better weather arrives just in time for West Virginia's 150th birthday and the first day of summer!

An interesting thing about the first day of summer: it happens on different days depending on where you live in the US. In truth, all the equinoxes and solstices happen at one specific point in time, but time zone adjustments will spread that reality across two different days. The actual solstice occurs at 1am eastern time Friday, so for the folks in the central time zones it's more like the crack of midnight and others farther west it's late Thursday instead.

GFS - 500mb Chart - Saturday Morning

Our weather on Thursday and Friday will be delightfully tamer, with plenty of sunshine, lower humidities, and temperatures in the mid 80s. By Saturday the ridge of high pressure extending up through the mid levels of the atmosphere (highlighted above) will expand northward, keeping most of the organized convection up that way. However, now we'll start to get into a more summer-time thing of the afternoon "pop-up" thunderstorm. We'll see some of this on Saturday, and moreso Sunday, but each day will still have many dry hours in it (think of a typical summer day with those afternoon storms). It's those prime heating hours of the day between 2-7pm that we'll watch most for those scattered storms.

GFS - Max Temps - Tuesday

Eventually, but beginning as early as Sunday, the only limiting factor for temperatures cresting near or above 90 will be the presence of those scattered storms (unless you're up in the montains of course). I suspect by the beginning of next week we'll already be complaining about the summer heat ;-)

Editor's Note: The way the blog is being programmed has to change in order to accomodate the incredibly increased web traffic on Smartphones and Tablets. Fully 70% of our web traffic to wsaz.com as it is originates from a mobile device(!) Apparently there's this new way of doing things, called "responsive" coding. You will notice a difference with the imagery, as having a few images side-by-side will go away in favor of single images that can expand and contract as you widen or shrink the screen (go ahead... try it). I'm still learning the ins and outs with these, so I hope to be able to bring back an extra measure of thoroughness to the blog whenever I can... but in the meantime you can certainly offer me your comments and thoughts at this point about how the blog has been for you, where it is going, and even how you typically access it. I want to make sure I'm casting as wide a net as possible, and satisfying as many viewers as I can along the way :-)

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