HOT SPELL SHOWS WAY FOR STORMS
Our first flirtation with 90 degree heat this June will give way to a parade of showers and thunderstorms as the week ends.
As usual, the culprit for inciting the rain and storms will be a slow moving cold front set to arrive on Thursday.
The adjective “slow-moving” is key since it implies the thunder making work of the front may take several days to run its course.
In the haze, heat and humidity of Wednesday, a scattering of afternoon and evening cells will likely be around. This activity will tend to be random and next to impossible to predict until it forms. Think of it this way; namely, when microwaving popcorn, which kernels pop into puffs first? Now replace the kernels of corn with cumulus clouds to complete the analogy.
By Thursday, starting pre-dawn, the cool front will be pressing in from the north. Armed with showers and thunderstorms, these downpours will be welcomed news for homeowners who prefer to not water their lawns this early in the season.
While most farmers will welcome the rain after a week dry spell (last general rain was a week ago, though Monday evening parts of Ohio and Central WV did see a downpour), some hay farmers are lagging behind and prefer the rains to hold off.
The main risk with this ensuing pattern is that several downpours target select communities. Local street flooding and of course power hits from lightning strikes will result.
Welcome to the summer storm season as the solstice occurs on Saturday at 6:51 am.