Clouds Dazzle Evening Skies

It has been a wild night on the horizon with tropical cloud formations galore. Tony has the low down on the heavenly skies.

Spectacular Clouds Start Summer Weekend

It has been a very busy night at Newschannel 3 as our staff works the breaking news story of the week; namely, the huge water main break in downtown Huntington. For a second straight day, Collis P’s hometown has some major street flooding, this time on the west end.

But the water main problem isn’t the only spectacle going on. What has also caught the attention of some Huntingtonians who have stepped outside during this evening is the field of spectacular cumulus clouds that have filled the skyline.

Basically the air has turned tropically muggy this Friday evening as for a time it again feels like we are in the Amazon. The late day sunshine acted like a match to ignite these tropical cloud formations.
Billowing cumulus clouds have towered to the heavens in a fitting salute to the first weekend of summer.

Some of these clouds have turned into thunderheads with heat lightning flickering on the northern horizon as of 10 PM. Still, the majority of these clouds have simply turned into towering shafts of moisture formed by the condensation of water vapor into water droplets.

What made these clouds all the more spectacular to watch was the evening setting sun casting a glorious shadow over the tropical sky. My 11pm weather video is from Roadside Park in St. Albans where Riverfest goers have enjoyed a tropical paradise of a night. If you have ever seen sunset at Mallory Dock in Key West, then you will know how glorious those towering clouds looked as the sun set on the Great Kanawha River.

In addition, a rare cumulo-nimbus mammatus cloud formation has graced the skies of Huntington. Note the neat pouches on the underside of the clouds in the enclosed picture. They hint at extreme turbulence in the heavens and one last risk of a sudden downpour before sunrise on Saturday where they roam.

For the rest of tonight, some heat lightning from nearby thunderheads will fade setting us up for a hot and sun splashed Saturday for Wine and Jazz goers at UC and folks taking in Drew Powers Day at the WV Crash football game in CK (5 PM kickoff with all proceeds going to help Drew in his battle with cancer).

If you are a dazzling cloud buff and missed out on tonight’s tropical display, we should get another round of these alto cumulus castellanas clouds (castles in the sky) on Sunday when a gusty storm may well interrupt the Capitol Art Street Fair as FestivALL concludes.
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