Easter Week Weather/Sundial
The week leading up to Easter can be a tempestuous one weather-wise here in Appalachia as the last blusters of winter wage war with the golden touches of warm spring breezes.
Take this week leading up to Easter where on this Wednesday morning, a line of powerful thunderstorms plowed through the Mississippi and Lower Ohio Valleys only to meet its demise over the rugged hills of Appalachia.
As that tug-of-war played out, high wind storms (some tornadic) and hailers raked western sections of the Bluegrass and Buckeye states only to fade into meek thundery oblivion as they crossed our region this morning.
In Greenup Kentucky, an aluminum roof was sheered off an apartment complex and thrown onto the street below as a thunderstorm raced past. Winds in excess of 50 miles per hour blew thru Scioto and Greenup before weakening rapidly upon approach to Ironton-Ashland-Huntington.
Now I was awakened by the distant crackle of thunder as these squalls passed here in Huntington with a downpour. An hour later, only some frisky showers sans thunder made it into Charleston and the Kanawha Valley where a wind gust of 40 miles per hour rattled the window panes and blew down a few loose tree limbs.
Behind this morning storm line, cooler and drier air has settled in and by dawn Thursday, temperatures will be in the upper 30s in the cold hollows.
Maundy Thursday looks to feature a B & B affair with blue skies and pleasantly cool north breezes.
Keep an eye to the western sky by afternoon as high clouds paint the sky a milky white complexion. Those clouds will be the forerunners of our next round of soaking downpours on Good Friday.
With the ground wet from a month of heavy April showers, a new bout of high water seems likely on Friday. Timing and placement of those downpours will be our job on WSAZ Thursday newscasts.
By the weekend itself, a humid brand of tropical air will be in control, so there will be many dry hours for egg hunts and the sporting of those Easter bonnets. However, given the sticky nature of the air, a shower or a gully washing downpour will be close-by on both days.
As for your Easter Sundial, using the Charleston solar tables, Easter Saturday night’s sunset falls at 8:09 and Easter Sunday’s glorious sunrise is at 6:39.