Friday Rains even Washout Likely


Indoors Summer Day
I am hearing it from homeowners and landscapers galore. 'We need rain'!
Go figure after one of the wettest springs on record, summer rains have all but shut off. Sure there have been a few scattered thunder-squalls (downtown Huntington had a 10 minute downpour on Thursday), but lawns are browning now and in need of a good drink of rain. 
Officialy, July has measured less than .1” (one tenth of an inch) of rain water in Charleston and Huntington.
Turns out Friday offers our best chance of the new summer season for downpours. And here's a flash, we should see the heavens open up more than once.
Timing the rains is easier than normal since rains at 9 pm on Thursday along the ole Mississip should arrive in Southern Ohio and Eastern Kentucky by dawn and West Virginia thereafter.
The storm center responsible for these downpours will not pass bodily until Friday evening. So Friday night concerts like Live on the Levee are in jeopardy assuming the rains linger.
My main concern is that the tropical air entrenched in our region will sponsor torrential rains and localized high water. Localized viaduct and street flooding looks likely and small stream flooding may soon follow where several downpours occur.
So my suggestion is to put off any lawn watering until say Monday and let Mother Nature do the work, free of charge.
As for the kids, maybe a day of finger painting in the garage is in order, or a day at the movies (assuming there is no street flooding between you and the theatre). Meanwhile, local pools may well close for the day only to reopen amidst hot weekend sunshine.
As the poem says, into each life some rain must fall!
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