Memorial Weekend Kicks off "Summer"

If there is any doubt that summer is here early this year, Tony makes the case that the holiday weekend begins the season of leisure.



Summer or Not, Here We Go

Little known fact: I am a man for all seasons! Well, I enjoy the changing weather from season to season. While it is true for the lions share of my life winter has been my fav, as I gracefully age I find spring and fall catching up in personal popularity!

From blizzards to thunderstorms and from warm spring breezes to crisp fall afternoons, the reason one becomes a weatherman is plain and simple; namely, Mother Nature wows you day after day!

Admittedly, of the four seasons, summer is my least favorite, especially long and steamy summers of swelter, sizzle and outdoor sauna conditions.

With that as a backdrop, I offer a look at the weather this weekend and this summer.

First off, for the purists the “official” start of the summer season is still a month away. On June 21st in the early morning, the sun’s direct rays will shine on the Tropic of Cancer. That’s the astronomical definition of summer, no quibbling.

But face it, in this fast paced world that we live in, the end of the school year and beginning of the vacation season commences the summer season. With gas down more than a buck and a half per gallon this year compared to last, folks are planning to do more traveling. The lake, the mountains, the beach are all in play this weekend and for the next 3 months. Is it any wonder we consider Memorial Day as summer’s debut?

Adding meteorological fodder to the Memorial summer thesis, climatology tells us the 3 hottest months of the year are June, July and August. So if we do not use this weekend as the start of summer, then we should at least use June 1st for that standard, METEOROLOGICALLY SPEAKING.

As for this holiday weekend, there are so many pool parties, picnics and parades to enjoy that the weather is of primo importance. In Grayson, Memory Days has grown into a popular “summer” festival with a Car Show, Quilt Show, music galore on Main Street (Rock and Roll Friday, Bluegrass Saturday) and a big parade at 1 PM on Saturday.

In Kermit WV, I say happy 100th as the town celebrates its centennial birthday on Saturday. Mike Webb is my weather spy down in the Tug Valley and he tells me of the 11 AM parade followed by a big day at City Park. Activities planned include pony rides for the kids, gospel music and a night time fireworks event!

On the grounds of the WV state capitol in Charleston, the Vandalia Gathering is a celebration of Appalachian heritage with lots of fiddling music and down home country fixings! Vandalia runs thru Sunday.

Finally, the final Jeopardy answer is

“they have been doing it longer than any city in America”.

The question of course is Ironton Ohio where the Memorial Day parade will attract tens of thousands.

Weather-wise, conditions will be hot and sticky but not unbearably so with daytime highs in the mid 80s thru Monday. On the rain front, most won’t see any on Saturday, many will get a shower on Sunday and most will have a downpour in a thunderstorm on Monday.

Since weekend rains do not exist at press time (Friday 8 PM), it is too hard to pinpoint when it will rain in your neighborhood. I suggest using Josh’s updated forecast and of course Chris’s blog and 3D Doppler Radar here at WSAZ.COM for short term event forecasting.

As for the summer of 2009, I am predicting only 15 ninety degree days this year, a modest summer of heat! I will tell you why in detail in a blog next week.

Have a safe and fruitful start to summer this weekend!




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