Tish Littlehales and the Coal Bowl committee could not have picked a better evening to get the weekend activities off and running. Thursday night's concert temperature will fall back into the 60s at sundown, so if you are partying up a storm on the eve of the big game, you will want to have a light jacket in tow.
The Coal Bowl Forecast is on track as described in detail below. Some wipsy clouds will paint the sky a milky white for afternoon tailgaters. Temperatures near 80 for the Herd Thunder Walk which starts at 4:45!
By kickoff time, readings in the pleasant 70s will be ideal for all. Look for second half temperatures to fall into the 60s, so chances are good you will want to tie a light jacket around your waist as you pass the turnstiles.
As for other big weekend events, here are two. The Kanawha County Fair begins Thursday evening and runs through Sunday at Camp Virgil Tate. Here's a marquee of events for this extravaganza. I hope to stop by for Thursday opening night,
In Louisa, the Best Little Festival in the Bluegrass opens Friday night with plenty of great country music highlighted by Rorey Wesney.
Saturday is the busiest day of the festival with an 11AM parade and afternoon Pet and Car Shows. Then on the main stage Saturday night, Bobby Cyrus (Billy Ray's kin) is the warm up for Louisa's native son Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder!
Here's a list of the festival events.
Friends of Coal Watch
I am devoting much of my blog this week to the weather for the Friends of Coal Bowl. But since there are other big events going on this weekend, I will be feathering those events into my prose to keep everyone happy!
Oddly, much like Earl indirectly affected our weather last week, Tropical Storm Hermine (she is a girl, I only know that since the G storm was named Gaston and was a boy and we alternate girl then boy when crowning these tempests) will be playing an important role in our weather again “indirectly” producing drying on Friday. Here’s how.
My forecast continues to spotlight a nice Friday afternoon for tailgaters with temperatures in the warm low 80s outside Edwards Stadium. My experience has been that the parking lot runs 5 to 10 degrees warmer on sunny football Saturday’s due to all the stoves that are lit and of course the black asphalt soaking in the sun’s radiant energy. However, an afternoon partial cloud cover from Hermine may well take the edge of the heat on the blacktop.
Now as for Hermine, she has drenched and blown around much of southern and central Texas the past 2 days with 5”+ inches of rain and tropical storm force winds (50 miles per hour in many cases).
As Hermine works her way slowly north thru the Great Plains, her track well west of the Mississippi River is worth noting. By passing thru the heart of Big 12 Conference country, she will help to pull a late week SOUTHEAST WIND into our region.
That southeasterly will run downhill from Beckley and Bluefield into Huntington-Charleston and produce a warming and drying effect. Yet along her path, Hermine will tug tropical air characterized by steamy humidity and an increased risk of a cloudburst. So look for flash flooding videos from Oklahoma, Kansas into Missouri and even Western Kentucky as the week goes by.
Since Hermine’s moisture field likely won’t turn the corner and head our way until Saturday and Sunday, it is a safe bet that any showers and higher humidity will hold odd until well after the Coal Bowl is history.
So tailgate temperatures in the low 80s will fall into the 70s for the opening kickoff and likely the upper 60s by the fourth quarter.
Among the big events I will be talking about later this week will be the Septemberfest in Louisa, aka the Best Little Festival in the Bluegrass!