Autumn Wetness a Reason for Caution

After a dry start to autumn, Tony is concerned about this week's nuisance rains. Slippery roads and falling leaves highlight his latest blog.

Fall Rains to Return
 
Have you noticed? Since the wet summer months, the fall has turned very dry. Now, in a game of turn about fair play, the autumn rains have largely shut off allowing most outdoor plans to go off without a hitch.
 
So far the “meteorological” fall season (September through November) has measured a mere 2.7” of rain at both Huntington and Charleston. That’s only about half of the normal rain for this time of year.
 
Granted, it is harvest season and farmers want it dry. But as the forests change colors any rain, especially accompanied by wind, is capable of knocking the leaves to the ground.
 
Also, as leaves fall to the ground and get wet, they are susceptible to slickness on area roads. Driving on wet leaves can be as slippery as driving on ice.
 
Now there are signs of a two day showery weather pattern to arrive in fits and starts on Wednesday before ramping up Wednesday night into Thursday.
 
Heavy rains are not expected and any muffled rumble of thunder will be of the rolling not roaring kind.
 
Odds favor a quarter to perhaps half inch of rain for much of the region.
 
By Friday into the weekend, here comes a shot of cooler, drier Canadian air in time for football and Bridge Day.
 
Highs near 60 and nights near 40 will dominate this middle weekend of October ahead.
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