Weekend Fun, Rain & Shine

The weekend is here and TC has you covered weather-wise and otherwise with events galore!

2PM Saturday Update

Clouds have slowed the temperature surge today so highs will be cresting in the mid to upper 80s. Those clouds are forerunners of a broken line of fast moving thundershowers which at 2 PM were crossing Southern Ohio and the Big Sandy Valley of Eastern Kentucky. So before 5 PM a half hour thundersquall will cross the area with much of the I-64 corridor missing out due to the "split" nature of the rain.

Weekend Weather and Events

I had to do a double take when I saw the long list of neat things to do this weekend across the Tri-State area. It is almost as if this is the Labor Day weekend not the next to last weekend of a scorched August!

Speaking of scorching, simmering hot temperatures are in the forecast again on Saturday as afternoon highs crest at or above 90. On this Friday, the mercury officially touched the scalding 90 degree mark for a 29th time this season in Charleston. Meanwhile, the official Huntington thermometer came in just shy of 90 (89). That means Huntington’s 90 degree tally for the season is stuck at a pedestrian 17 days.

It appears the air will be too dry on Saturday for any important rain through mid afternoon before late day and evening thundershowers break through as they arrive from the west. In other words if you have outdoor plans, keep a wary eye to 3D Doppler radar since a delay in your fun may be in the cards.

By Saturday night into Sunday morning, a slow moving cool front will interact with some high octane humid air to produce showers and thunderstorms. Given the history of this summer’s storm pattern, it is prudent to mention a localized cloudburst and street flooding. Skies should clear in time for afternoon golf matches on Sunday.

As for Saturday’s marquee, if you are looking for a knock ‘em down drag ‘em out Demolition Derby then Saturday evening at 7 at the Boyd County Fair is the place to be.

Meanwhile, folks walking the Meigs County midway on Saturday eve will be treated to some championship Mud Volleyball!

In Huntington, the Symphony Orchestra is hosting its final Pops concert of the season at Harris Riverfront Park. Thanks to Dave Lavender from the H.D. to alert me that this week’s theme is “An All American Beach Party”. Maestro Kimo Furumoto will lead his band of merry musicians with lyrics from the beach crazy 50s and 60s. Our own impresario Marina Jurica will be singing a few solos. Trust me when I say Marina is worth the price of admission whenever and wherever she performs.

Bring you picnic lunch and enjoy this salute to summer’s finale starting at 8pm. Weather duties permitting (I am working for Josh), I may try to sneak down for my dinner hour. Concert starts at 8 sharp.

In South Charleston, Summerfest 2010 is enjoying a beautiful stretch of late summer weather. Hot, sunny days will continue thru Saturday’s Auto Show. By Oldies night on the Mound with Rick K. and the All-Nighters we will have to watch the skies to the west for possible natural fireworks (an evening thundershower). That would be followed by man-made fireworks, you know the rockets red glare bombs burtsing in air kind, that will end Saturday eve on a festive note on the at 10:30.

Nearby in Charleston, SportsFest 2010 has two full days of outdoor fun to go. On Saturday, Pro Beach Volleyball is on Magic Island all day long. Wear a sunscreen and drink plenty of water as highs scorch to near 90. Coincidentally, the Governor’s Cup Pro Jet Ski Races will be blazing up and down the Great Kanawha from 10A til 5P. Then from 5:30 til 8:30, day number 2 of the Charleston FireFighter Combat Challenge will set up shop on the boulevard. Think of this event as a sort of Firemen’s Olympics only more grueling!

Our own Jessica Ralston is hosting a lavious Saturday night fundraiser for Safe Harbor (domestic abuse victims) at the beautiful Bellefonte CC in Boyd County Ky. Primo Maine Lobsters are on the menu with dancing under the stars to follow. Again an hour delay from thunder would be possible for any event in the 5 til 10 time period.

By Sunday SportsFest features Beach Wrestling event and the final day of the Governor’s Cup races. Again, morning showers should be long gone for afternoon activities.

Have a safe and fun weekend!
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