Heat Wave Father's Day Weekend

It's been 2 years since our region experienced an old fashioned Appalachian heat wave. Tony blogs how our time has come.

Heat Wave for Dad

This week's relentless storm pattern has set the stage for flash flooding in several areas. And on this Wednesday, we are far from home free. Radar has cleaned up nicely since late last night so the day on the construction and landscape line is off to a quiet and productive start.

But a look outside my house shows a tropical rain forest with lush deciduous trees and flora attracting all sorts of birds (and no doubt insects). And the air is tropical rain forest muggy with dewpoints (the true measure of stickiness) in the Amazonian 70s. That tells me we won't go unscathed this Wednesday. So I expect another round of tropical thunderstorms to ignite later today.

You can track the cells once they form here at WSAZ.COM. Go to the weather link, click on interactive radar and walla you can point and click to find the radar for your neighborhood.

Actually it's 8:30 AM and I am blogging early because my house is like a sauna at 79 degrees. The air conditioning went out this past weekend and I am waiting for my friendly neighborhood repairman who said he would be here on Wednesday morning.

I know I am lucky to be able to afford AC, so my complaints of sleeping in a hot house with an old fashioned fan should not be overbearing.

Now as for the rest of the week, a major shot of heat and humidity is planning it's assault on our region for the Father's Day weekend. Tuesday's high of 90 was the first official day of such heat in Huntington and 5th of the season in Charleston. Accompanied by those tropical dewpoints, it felt every bit of 95. But by the weekend. the temperature will soar into the 90s and given how moist the ground is, we should have plenty of evaporation from the wet soil to ensure a steamy humidity level to boot.

Add it up and FestivALL goers to Charleston and especially Smoke of the River Chilifest fans should prep for the heat like you did in 2008. As for me, i will be doing the Saturday morning parade (85 degrees) and Saturday evening production of Barnum (at the air conditioned 72 degree Chas Light Opera Guild Playhouse) . In between, I will enjoy the US Open from Pebble Beach on WSAZ in my air conditioned home. By the way, the temperature on the Monterey Peninsula will be in the 60s and the winds off the chilly Pacific Ocean as Tiger and Phil seek to earn the distinction, "national champion of American golf".

Fore please!
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