Hunters/Travelers Weather Diary

Holiday travelers and hunters take note. Tony has dedicated his weekend blog to your exploits!

Hunters/Travelers Update

Chris and I are sitting around jawing about the up-coming holiday week weather pattern. Terms like flash freeze and soggy hunters are being bantered around as much as warm breezes and tracking snow.

To say we are in for a “potpourri” of weather (thanks to Art Fleming and Don Pardo of the original Jeopardy show for that unusual p-word) is an understatement.

Add it up and much of the nation is in for an active Thanksgiving week of weather.

First things first, we are catching a big break this weekend as the weather in the eastern 2/3s of the USA is looking AOK for travelers. East of the Continental Divide any air travel delays will be un-weather related.

Keep this website handy to track flight delays throughout the holiday season. It’s straight from the horse’s….errr FAA’s mouth.

Now if your loved one is beginning their flight from the west coast this weekend, be advised that rain and low ceilings will create delays from San Jose and San Francisco north the Seattle and Portland. Throw Salt Lake City and Las Vegas into the flight delay mix thanks to gusty surface winds (which breed wind sheer and hence extra precaution on the part of pilots) and, in the case of the Utes, some snow!

Of course, buck hunters crave a fresh coating of snow for their jaunt into the woods. By Opening day for the WV buck season on Monday morning, a mild southerly flow of air will have taken hold of all hunting lodges, even those mountain hideaways. First light temperatures will be in the 30s but above freezing in the mountains and the 40s elsewhere. No snow is in sight for the first 3 days of the season.

By the way sunrise is around 7:05 for Pocahontas County hunters, 7:11 at Raleigh County Chalets but a bit later around 7:20 for "orangemen" heading out along the Ohio River.

Some Monday air delays appear likely into and out of Stapleton International in Denver (snow likely) and also Chicago’s O’Hare and Detroit International (both due to low ceilings and gusty cross winds).

The important air delays will hold off until Wednesday as rain and low ceilings set up shop from our area south thru the Southern Appalachian mountains. Charlotte’s Douglass and Atlanta’s Hartsfield and Cincinnati’s International airports will be susceptible to slower traffic due to weather by Thanksgiving Eve.

Our weather locally will be mild thru mid week with rain due in town Tuesday and Wednesday. Colder air will bleed in by Turkey Day night and the early call is for snow showers to give us our first dusting locally and to deliver the tracking snow that hunters need by Friday-Saturday next.
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