EARLY SUMMER PATTERN FULL OF INTRIGUE
With everything from scorching heat (highs made the 90s for a 4th time in the River Cities and 3rd time in Charleston on Tuesday) to derecho winds (Chicago, Des Moines, Milwaukee among the cities hit on Monday) and now an east coast Tropical Storm (Arthur), this Independence Week is turning into a weatherman’s fantasy.
Locally, the risk of strong winds in thunderstorms was choked away by Tuesday morning’s thunderstorms along I-77 and by a hot and dry air “cap” aloft in the afternoon.
That left behind some nocturnal thunderstorms on Tuesday evening down the mighty Ohio toward Cincy and Louisville which looked to arrive in our region in weakened form overnight.
While an overnight downpour should wet gardens in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, areas south into the Coalfields might get away with just some flickers of heat lightning as the leftover storms passed to the north.
Wednesday looks to be another hot and muggy day with a dazzling tropical sky filled at times with towering cumulus clouds. Those so called “cauliflower” cumulus clouds figure to turn dark and water logged in places before unleashing a sudden downpour.
By Thursday the hot air will be choked away in part thanks to tropical storm Arthur.
Arthur was crowned a bouncing baby tropical storm on Tuesday off the Florida coast near Cape Canaveral. The forecast for the storm courtesy of the National Hurricane Center was for Arthur to work his way up the coast with high surf, coastal rains and stiff onshore gale force winds from Jacksonville Fl past the Grand Strand at Myrtle all the way to the Outer Banks.
Holiday weekend vacationers to Myrtle should keep a few things in mind; namely
1. Arthur is likely to stay far enough offshore to avoid “SEVERE CONDITIONS” at Myrtle.
2. Thursday would be the lone day when conditions would be wet and windy enough to keep people inside for part of the time.
3. Golfers could easily travel to inland courses and avoid the heavy coastal showers.
4. The surf will come up on Wednesday, be too rough for any swimming on Thursday, but settle down while be somewhat clouded with sand and debris on Friday.
Here’s a link to the NHC as you track Arthur.