Storms Trumpet Heat Wave’s Arrival
Another day, another 90 degree mark in our summer heat diary. That makes 17 ninety days this season in Charleston with Huntington at a baker’s dozen, 13.
Oddly, it is the likelihood of late night and Tuesday storms that will act as the conduit for the “hottest” air of the summer later this week.
First things first, my colleagues from the National Weather Service, who do a commendable job issuing watches and warnings for heavy weather, have signaled out a crescent of real estate through Southern Ohio and Central WV for the possibility of severe thunderstorms tonight.
What is likely to happen is a preliminary band of thunderstorms will weaken as it presses through Athens, Jackson, Meigs, Vinton, Washington Ohio and Wood,Wirt,Northen Mason and Ritchie counties between 8 and 10 pm this Monday evening.
Fair goers to Wellston for the Jackson Fair will see some neat heat lightning off to the north as you walk the midday after dark with a thunderstorm to folloow.
These lead-runner storms produced violent flash flooding in Eastern Fairfield County where 3-4 inches of rain fell early this Monday evening. Remember this fact for Tuesday! It is meant to show you what the tropical air is capable of in our region too.
The expected weakening of this lead band will come thanks to a stronger cluster of cells coming out of Central Ohio later on. This main cluster of storms was affecting areas around Columbus and Coshocton before sunset and will settle south as the night unfolds. In the process it will lay down a boundary for new cells to form overnight and Tuesday morning.
Right now I would expect a sudden torrential downpour on Tuesday morning to produce localized street flooding and power hits from lightning strikes. Landscapers and construction workers, you are apt to see a thunder delay in the morning.
With the enhanced cloud cover on Tuesday morning, the temperature is unlikely to hit 90 officially. Still the humidity will be uncomfortably miserable all day long, especially when the sun shines in the afternoon and evening.
Once the risk of storms passes, the floodgates will open for the sweltering heat in America’s breadbasket to swell into our region second half of the week! Highs of 95 at the airports will be a few notches hotter in town, even before we add in the humidity.