Of Baseball and Spring Rains

Warm and dry weather had Tony thinking baseball on Tuesday, but oh how he has changed his tune on Wednesday.

Rains Break Mini-Drought

Last night I spent some time at Appy Power Park for the first annual Mountaineer Power Classic where the WVU Mountaineer baseball team hosted the Kentucky Wildcats. On this night an enthusiastic crowd had arrived to catch an NCAA baseball game on an unseasonably warm March night.

The concept of local collegiate spring baseball has strong merit, though I am skeptical that a March night is the best time to play. After all, it can be cold, rainy and even snowy this early in the season. Not so last night as southeast winds kept the air temperature in the 60s all evening long.

Overhead, a steady stream of clouds crossed the skyline a sure sign that rain would soon follow. And follow the rains did to the tune of several hours of welcomed showers today, with a general quarter of an inch of water dampening the forest beds. Late word from foresters suggests the brush fires are out!

Even better news follows as soaking rains will be returning tonight into Thursday with another one half to one inch of rain to fall. Some storm culverts may back up during the heavier downpours but the ground is still too dry for any flooding concerns, at least now thru Thursday.

Now by the weekend, our next round of rains may be even heavier and accompanied by strong winds, so our first official “SPRING STORM DAY” could be in the making.

By the way, now that we have broken the short term dry spell, the prospects for frequent rains look good into mid-April. This suggests we may well have the worst of the spring forest fire season behind us. That also suggests that drought is unlikely this summer.
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