Hello Spring, Finally!

 

 
Spring Breakout!
 
After enduring a seemingly endless spell of damp, cold, rainy and snowy weather in March into the first few days of April, finally a break is at hand!
 
Friday’s milder sun foretold of warmer times to come this weekend. In fact, the April sun is now a genuine dynamo, as strong as the mid August sun, and hence capable of a bad burn.
 
Moms and dads, lather the kids up with sun block before they head out this weekend.
 
Now comes word that temperatures are about to soar to near 70 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday, close to 2013’s highest! That stat is all the more remarkable when you consider that the year’s warmest days occurred in January hitting 70 in Huntington and 72 in Charleston.
 
To get this late in the year without a 75 or 80 degree temperature is unusual. In fact back in 2010, highs were already close to 90 degrees!
 
With the increased warmth and gustier winds this weekend, there is a growing risk of brush fires. Mind you without a careless match, there is no brush fire threat. So best to put off any burning until April showers arrive in earnest next week. Just enjoy the long overdo warm up!
 
By Sunday afternoon and night, a few April showers will show up in Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Northern WV as close by as Cincinnati, AA highway, Scioto Trail in Ohio, Kentucky and Sutton Lake-Burnsville-Andrew Jackson Resort in WV.
 
The front responsible for those showers will be close by much of next week, occasionally to be energized (by cool air aloft) and moistened (by higher humidity levels). Add it up and a slew of April showers and thunderstorms will be around especially the second half of the week.
 
So you asked for it! Now you get it: namely, the warmer days of spring with those famous April showers. As the song goes, you can’t have one without the other!
 
One final word, a developing Bermuda high pattern next week is likely telegraphing the summer weather ahead. Unlike last year’s desert heat, I sense a more tropical steambath climate this summer with day’s struggling to get much above 90. The tradeoff likely means a rash of tropical downpours in thunderstorms.
 
So no drought this summer and a measured number of 90 degree days (15-20, which is average). But boy will the heavens open up if I am right. More to come on this.
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