Soccer Weather Update

Day two of pool play is complete and so far we are on schedule. But the late afternoon light showers at the Kennedy Center and B-Ville fields will turn into a soaking rain tonight. Tony addresses the likely impact for Sunday's action.

Fireworks and Sunday Soccer Weather Update

I am just back from the Kennedy Center where light showers have arrived in time for the end of the day’s corner kicks and headers. Fortunately the day’s rains held off long enough for day number 2 of pool play in the Region I Youth Soccer Tourney to be complete mainly rain-free.

Now ahead is a night of soaking rains that will dampen many fireworks activities. The night of meteorological mischief ahead promises an inch of rain water thru much of the WSAZ viewing area.

That means outdoor concerts like the Kathy Mattea bash at Ripley’s 4th of July Celebration will be rather wet. I was in Ripley for the noon parade and will tell you all about my trip with a special blog next week. I had a great time with I estimate 20 thousand people along the parade route!

Meanwhile, concern for Sunday’s soccer action can be described in a nutshell. The soccer pitches (fields) are laid out in low lying areas in both B-Ville and at the Kennedy Center. A quick inspection of the fields today shows that muddy ground still exists on the sides of several fields thanks to the wet spring-early summer we have gone thru.

Assuming we get that one half to one inch of rain that Josh Fitzpatrick is forecasting tonight, then standing water will be found on several of the fields and will need to be attended to before the final day of pool play can commence.

That means there is a distinct possibility of a morning delay in the games as grounds crews work to make the fields more easily played upon. In effect, we want the fields in championship shape for play.

The heaviest rains will fall after midnight and should be slackening by dawn. Morning showers are likely to shift east of the B-Ville-Huntington area by mid-morning Sunday. Since it stays day lit locally until almost 9 PM in early July, chances are good pool play will be able to conclude on Sunday evening.

So soccer coaches, the kids will need a good pair of cleated shoes to play their best on what will likely be a softer and wet surface on Sunday.

Ah the grass and mud stains on those new uniforms! Moms and dads, you have some dirty laundry to attend to when you get back home.
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