Weekend Weather and Summer Fun


             Fair Season Starts
Special thanks to Misty Cooley for this "cool" shot of the evening storm clouds in Scioto County.
It’s my favorite time of year to be in TV. The summer county fair season has arrived and from now right thru Labor Day, there will be 4H tales to tell and night-time motor-sports fun to be had.
Before we open the gates in Eleanor (Putnam) and Proctorville (Lawrence Ohio) on Saturday, we have to get thru a tropical night of steamy humidities and downpours.
Early this Friday evening, the afternoon showers and storms have moved off into the Old Dominion of Virginia while new squalls of rain and lightning are swooping down the Scioto Trail into far southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Our Portsmouth weather cam is shaking as of 8:30, as the storms pass.
This evening band of thunderheads will cross thru the River Cities of Huntington-Ashland-Ironton on its way to the Kanawha Valley and Coalfields before midnight. The end result of this band of rain will be to flicker power for some and muster some nuisance culvert back-up. By dawn, the rain will have ushered in a more refreshing brand of air for Saturday.
Saturday will dawn deceptively sticky with fog and a close feel to the air. But as the sun burns away the low clouds and fog, a north breeze will stir and morning joggers will delight in the drop in humidity.
Afternoon temperatures will make the 80s for most, but hover right around 70 at Snowshoe where Fire on the Mountain Chili-Cookoff fans will sense a September feel to the high country air.
Sunday will also aim to please with hot sunshine but a comfy hot feel to the air. Highs in the 85 to 88 degree range will be accompanied by a tolerable amount of humidity.
Speaking of Sunday, our friends in Richwood are hosting their annual tri-athalon. Three sporting disciplines (running, biking and swimming) will test the grit of those vying for the crown “top tri-athlete”. Temperatures will start out in the comfy 50s at dawn along the Cherry River then warm to 80ish by late afternoon. Tri-athletes and spectators alike should load up with a sun block as the July sun is a dynamo!
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