Hot as Firecracker Weekend
The title of this tonight’s blog may seem out of place for May. After all, the summer holiday known for heat and fireworks is Independence Day not Memorial Day.
Still with a building hot air dome about to breech the “Mississip” and come all the way into the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha, it appears our hottest Memorial weekend in memory will pave the way for a sizzling start to the “unofficial” summer season.
Here’s the skinny as in dip in the pool. This week’s rains have been scattered enough to prevent the ground from a thorough soaking. Since a wet ground retards heat build up by causing cloud formation due to evaporation, a dry ground does just the opposite and promotes hot air build-up.
All week long I have held Memorial weekend highs near 90 in anticipation of soaking showers earlier in the week. Since those downpours have been scattered and less boisterous than expected, it may be time to ratchet up the temperature forecast for the weekend.
So instead I now believe we will manage a 92 or 93 before the Holiday weekend is through with a few excited downtown thermometers registering 95. The record highs range from 93 to 96 so will will flirt with history but probably not make it.
Take this Friday night when my walk downtown in Huntington past Pullman Square near sunset was quite stuffy. The heat of the day was still reverberating off the concrete buildings and asphalt roads making for a steamy fee. Just ask the many hot rod enthusiasts checking out the arrival of the first antiques in time for the weekend car show. These classic cars had their souped up engine hoods wide open as if they knew no rainw as coming.
In Charleston, the Vandalia Gathering is off to a fiddlingly warm start as Appalachian tunes abound on the grounds of the WV state capitol this weekend. Nearby on the Schoenbaum Stage, Live on the Levee featured a breathtaking sunset for concert goers.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Memory Days in Grayson features a car show, parade and all sorts of country music. Moms and dads should load the kids up with the sunblock before taking in the 1pm parade.
By Sunday and Monday, the haze and humidity levels will be reaching the sultry range so genuine 3H weather will make for two scorchers.
As for the prospects of rain this weekend, I expect to see a few thundershowers dot the high ground on Saturday.So visitors to Pipestem, Babcock, Watoga and Glade Springs may encounter a half hour thundershower. Same goes for the Highland Scenic Highway on the road to Snowshoe, Cass Railroad and Canaan.