Heat Spell Builds Right on Cue
The Memorial weekend has come and gone in a flash with only a Monday morning shower to mar an otherwise nice 3 days. That shower dampened 5Kers in Ironton for the St. Mary’s Medical Center race, but otherwise fell before holiday parades and celebrations.
For the 146th straight year Ironton hosted the longest running Memorial parade in the USA. Weather-wise, the damp coolness left behind by the early showers faded into a hazy comfort as all sorts of patriotic floats, bands and business units marched down Lawrence and Main streets to the delight of a big crowd.
As I drove the 2 mile route, I have noted bigger crowds in others years so more than likely the risk of those morning showers kept some at home. Still I am guessing 25K people lined the streets downtown.
By day’s end though a hint of summer was indeed in the air as temperatures rebounded to 82 in Ironton-Huntington-Ashland and 78 in Charleston.
Of course if you are a kid off from school for the summer or a homeowner anxious to have friends and family over for a dip in the pool, then you are no doubt a bit disappointed. This was not good swimming weather.
One pool owner told me he measured a Sunday afternoon water temperature of a frigid 58 degrees as he waded into his pool to clear some debris.
From the video we showed on our newscasts this weekend, it is clear that pool traffic was off this weekend.
But kids and pool owners that heart! Your first full week of summer vacation is about to take a turn toward the “toasty” as temperatures will aim for 90 every day the rest of the play week.
Since the late May sun is about as strong as it gets here in Appalachia, for every full day of hot sunshine this week, your pool should heat up 3-5 degrees. With near 90 degree heat expected the next 5 days, do the math. Pool temperatures will soar into the 70s and even low 80s by the weekend!
If you are keeping score, so far it is a shutout with neither Huntington (Tri-State airport) or Charleston (Yeager airport) officially registering a 90 degree day in 2013.
With Charleston having measured 3 times more May rains than Huntington, it is a good bet that Collis P.’s hometown will grab an early lead in the battle for 90 supremacy.
In fact, here's a forecast I belive you can take to the bank. Unlike recent years when Charleston bested Huntington by as many as 10 in the 90 degree battle, this year Huntington will turn the tide and prevail.
I foresee Charleston topping out in the upper 80s most of this week as the wet ground holds the temperature down. Meanwhile, Huntington with a much drier ground should come in 1 to 3 degrees hotter than Charleston all week long.
But before you go so far to say that Charleston will be cooler than Huntington, put things into perspective. An 88 degree day in Charleston will feel nearly identical to Huntington’s slew of 90 degree days since the wetter ground will likely lead to a higher humidity in Charleston.
Bottom line, Kids I am declaring a national swim week for your favorite pool.