Weekend Weather and Events

Spring is in full gear this weekend with events galore counting on dry weather. Tony sorts through the maze of showers and storms due in town.

Weekend Storms to Hit and Run

In baseball it’s a great way to fool an opponent and score a few runs. In police jargon, it refers to a careless driver who causes an accident or strikes a pedestrian, then flees the scene. Indeed the phrase “hit and run” has several metaphorical meanings in the English language.

I choose to spotlight the nature of this weekend’s storms with the same “hit and run” marquee since showers and thunderheads will be motoring through from time to time. These cells will no doubt interrupt many outdoor activities, though out and out rainouts will be a current time call.

What we know this weekend is that any storm that rumbles thru can pack an impressive arsenal of weapons including strong winds, heavy rains and lightning bolts. Sunday’s cells can even throw ice from the skies!

Today’s initial round of light showers has acted to moisten the atmosphere while depositing small amounts of pollen cleansing rain. That sets the stage for new showers and storms to break thru on Saturday and Sunday.

My gut says a band of showers crosses the region Saturday morning and affects for an hour the Autism Walk at Ritter Park(9AM hosted by Tim Irr), the Glenbrier youth soccer matches and the Bark for Life Cancer walk in Charleston.

Bobby Hood from the Gallia County Visitors and Convention Bureau reminds me of the two day Federal Army Homecoming at City Park in Gallipolis (8 til 5 Saturday, 9 til 1 Sunday). I would expect an hour or two of rain both days with Saturday night and Sunday winds playing havoc with the tented village. That should leave many dry, windy hours for you to enjoy.

In the Shawnee State Park, the Portsmouth Jaycees are sponsoring their 45th annual day long Trout Derby for kids 12 and under. Casting goes from 6A til 6P along the Turkey Creek. Anglers will see a few daytime showers with a thunderstorm closeby as the event ends.

Of course Saturday is green and white (squared) and blue and white day on local college campuses as spring football drills conclude at Marshall, OU and UK.

Again single point, single time forecasts are hard to nail down when those rains don’t yet exist. Still, if you figure the UK and OU games start at 1 and 2 respectively, the strong evening thunderstorms due in should come after the last TD.

In Huntington, it’s coach Holliday’s first green and white game with Chad, Randy, Byron and John giving the game added luster. If you twisted my arm I would say tailgates (noon 2 til 4 pm) and the game (4 to 6) will have nothing more than a passing shower, but the Gloriana concert afterwards has a really close call. You see by dusk on Saturday, a round of strong thunderstorms should be knocking on the concert stage doorstep.

If I am off by an hour or 2, you can see how the forecast for specific events will take a 180 turn.

The number of cells on radar this weekend and their ultra-fast pace make it impossible to say with surety whether it will rain at your event at a particular time.

My best advice is to follow Josh all weekend long as he tracks these cells. You can also use our new radar tracking software available free of charge at WSAZ.COM. Check both out and let me know how they work for you!

Interactive Radar = http://www.wsaz.com/interactiveradar

Live Online Desktop Alert = http://www.wsaz.com/liveonline

One final word, since lightning is in the forecast this weekend, remember the golden rule; namely, when you see lightning start counting one thousand and one, two, etc. For every count of 5 you reach that lightning bolt is one mile away.
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