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July Heat Has Last Shot at 90

It's Tuesday or never for 90 degree July heat this year. TC has the sultry story and he adds some funny prose about his trip to Snowshoe this past weekend.

July to End on Saturated Note

I am back from a weekend at 4848 where the annual WSAZ Romp at the Raven was played. I will blog about that after I set up the week ahead.

The work week has started on a warm and dry note with two-a-days on the Kentucky gridiron underway. Readings in the temperate 80s probably feel uncomfortable under a football helmet and pads, but for most of us they are rather cozy.

The night ahead will be ideal for WV Power fans heading to Appy Park for the battle of Charleston (WV versus South Carolina) and for Vinton County Fair visitors checking out the Horse Pull in McArthur. I look for sundown temperatures to fall back into the 70s for the seventh inning stretch.

Tuesday will be our last chance in July to get to 90 degrees. I do sense a surge in heat and humidity with downtown bank thermometers reaching 90. But thanks to an afternoon field of cumulus clouds partly blocking the sun, I expect the airports to top out shy of 90.

Still, it will feel uncomfortable on the construction line and for 4Hers showing at the Vinton Fair. As for football practices, certified athletic trainers will have plenty of planned water breaks for their teams to cope with the predicted surge in heat index (should top out near 92 by 3 pm) in what may feel like the hottest day of the summer.

By Wednesday, tropical downpours return to the forecast and should last on an on again, off again basis thru July (Friday). The renewed risk of high water must be respected for late week when these downpours arrive.

ROMP AT THE RAVEN

This past weekend the golfing gang here at WSAZ including Tim, Keith and alums Glen “the Wily One” Willey, Jimmy "Pump Up the Fun" Treacy and Matt Sheppard traveled to Snowshoe for our annual Romp at the Raven.

While the golfing took center stage, a series of Saturday gully washers kept Glenn (of Glen-o-meter fame) and me busy watching the heavens.

Sporting my new driver, I gave Morehouse all he could handle on the links (tying him on Saturday’s AM round, thanks Barney!) while Glenn at one point on Saturday was one under thru 6 holes.

Despite birdying the 17th for a 30 dollar skin in that Saturday AM round, the highlight of my day (weekend) came when a rare mesocyclone descended upon the Raven (Snowshoe’s championship caliber course).

Our afternoon scramble round waited out an hour storm delay before we teed off around 3 PM. Noting the red and yellow colors on radar west toward Charleston (where Josh tells me a series of quick hitting storms were striking), Glenn and I knew well the afternoon round was in trouble.

Long story short, our team had just birdied the par 4 eighth hole when a wall cloud that had a neat circulation descended over the Cheat Mountains.

Keith’s group was playing ahead of us on the 9th as the skies darkened. Heading straight for cover, we quickly caught up to Keith’s group (Tim and Pappy, Keith’s Big Bro) and pointed out the unusual cloud formation. “What’s that mean”, Keith asked inquisitively? “Just drive directly to the clubhouse and do not pass go or collect $100”, I admonished.

Within minutes after our safe arrival at the clubhouse, the skies opened up. The lightning danced over the mountains, the thunder shook the valley, the rain and hail pelted down in a frenzy and the winds gusted in chaos. “Now I know what a mesocyclone means Tony”, Keith laughed as we watched with amazement.

I will add to the Raven blog with a few funny stories after dinner (the totally censored version). If you are an Animal House or Old School fan you will enjoy these anecdotes.

AFTER DINNER AD-ON

So we are at the Raven on Saturday and we have the 3 best golfers (Keith, Jimmy T and I) in separate groups. Anyway, playing in the middle group, Tim and I were watching Jimmy T ahead. As the pressure got to Jimmy, he began discombobulating on the par 5 17th even throwing a club. As he did, Tim sent Keith a text message at my prodding. It read, "Jimmy is melting down". JT would finish 3rd.

At night we had a pool tournament and watched Old School and Animal House. Anyway, Keith plays the role of Otter, Tim is Eric Stratton and he is damn glad to met everyone. Keith's brother Pappy is Blotto (and Frank the Tank), Jimmy is Boone and I am Pinto (though my GPA was never worse than 3.5). The laughs come fast and furious.

Public decorum dictates that I not elaborate any more on the weekend's shenanagins.

Can't wait for the 2010 Romp at the Raven!
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