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Soggy Saturday Summer Finale

Summer's finale will be a soggy one while fall's debut a festive affair. Tony blogs of the change in seasons.

 

 
Summer Ends on Stormy Note
 
Summer heat and humidity made one last gallant stand on Friday as sunshine broke through the morning overcast to coax afternoon highs into the mid 80s. That tempered heat kept the final spring-summer 90 degree day total to 7 in Charleston and 16 in Huntington. Last year we mustered 40 ninety days during the scorched summer of 2012.
 
While a late September-early October 90 degree day is still possible, odds favor only 80s for highs until next May. So yes it is time to close the pool for the season.
 
That semi-hot Friday air was buoyant enough to produce some intense thunderstorms in mountainous West Virginia. Indeed communities from Elkins to Lewisburg heard the roar of pounding rains and rushing streams during the day-long downpours.
 
 In the Greenbrier Valley, Lewisburg measured a whopping 3.74” of rain swelling many small streams. Rafters and wade fishermen should stay on dry land this weekend as water levels trend elevated and swift in Eastern WV including the Greenbrier River.
 
The sliver from Jane Lew to Webster Springs to Summersville and Rainelle is at a high risk for flash flooding on Saturday if heavy rains redevelop.
 
As for your Saturday forecast, in a fitting end to the summer of 2013, street flooding downpours are likely to accompany the passage of a strong cold front during the morning hours. That puts 5K runs in Milton and Jackson Ohio, et al, in jeopardy of being poured upon.
 
Wet parades are slated for 10am in Belleville (Homecoming) and 11am in Milton (Pumpkin Fest) and Dunbar (Fall Fest). The King Coal parade in Williamson is also a big drawing card.
 
By noon, skies will still threaten and showers will linger but the soaking rains will be moving away from festival sites leaving behind a muddy track on fields but a drying surface for downtown crafters and exhibitors in Ashland for Poage Landing Days.
 
The Golden Delicious Grand Festival parade in Clay starts at 2 pm and should see brightening skies as rains move away from the apple grounds.
 
By Saturday night’s Apple Festival Grand Feature parade in Jackson Ohio, folks will be donning fall jackets for the largest outdoor lighted parade in the Buckeye State. I will be there among 30-40 thousand others (no exaggeration) as we collectively salute the last night of summer.
 
Fall arrives at 4:44 on Sunday afternoon with a cool breeze and brighter skies. Temperatures in the 60s will feel refreshing!
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