August Weekend Wonders


 Weekend Weather to Wow!
Special thanks go out to Marne Bare for the enclosed scintillating sunset shot on the Ohio River!
It’s the last weekend of August and the weather is sure to please. Cool, foggy nights and hot but cozy, sun drenched days will see us safely through to the Monday school bell.
Talk to any Ironton Fighting Tiger fan who made the trip to Ed Miller Stadium for the game with rival Wheelersburg and you will hear a tale of a late summer night's dream weatherwise.
Delays in and out of our airports at dawn should last no longer than a few hours (gone by 9) and that will open the doors to a hot sunshiny weekend with highs in the 85-90 range.
With humidity levels, as measured by dew points, remaining low for the season, it will be a dry heat for your golf game or landscaping work. Hay farmers should take a cue from Mother Nature and “make hay in the sun”, Rodney Wallbrown, Mason County extension agent told me. “We have many farmers who are ready for their third cut so this has been a good year for hay”, he added.
Wanda Potts from Apple Grove went one step farther. “Some are going to try to get a fourth cut, that’s how good the season has been”, she told me.
As for beans and corn, Rodney says farmers would like to have another downpour before harvest time.
Of course, we are now in the “fall dry season” (late August thru early November), so baring a visit from a tropical storm or stalled front, the next 2 months will see a moderate amount of rain at best.
Now looking ahead to next week, a trilogy of tropical storms and hurricanes will conspire to produce a late season heat wave. As ocean storms churn up the Atlantic and Gulf waters, they “condition” the air away from their centers to be very dry. This is how Mother Nature evens out the distribution of moisture through the hemisphere.
With a Danielle, Earl and Fiona due to churn up the Atlantic the next 7 to 10 days, chances are high that we will be mainly rain free.
In fact our next chance of rain will likely hold off until late next week when the early call is for a half hour thundershower in Columbus on Thursday. Herd fans, I have no idea when that downpour may occur since next Thursday’s rains don’t exist right now.
For the weekend ahead, slap on some SPF 40 and enjoy the outdoors!
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