Summer's Debut a Pedestrian Affair

The last few summers have flat out sizzled. Not so this year. Tony updates his April prediction for a "temperate" summer of heat.

 

Temperate Summer Forecast on Track
 
Spring ended on a "festive" note on Thursday as "West By God" Virginia celebrated its 150th. Dare I say that dating back to the Civil War the Mountain State has not experienced birthdays much nicer than Thursday!
 
Now if the last of spring is any indication, then the summer ahead will be rather moderate! You see we enter summer on a hot but cozy (comfortably so) note. Thursday's high temperatures crested in the mid 80s with low humidity and a nice breeze to boot!
 
Overall the spring thunder season was rather tame. Mind you, the folks in Roane County tend to differ, but the Spencer floods aside, the weather has been rather quiet for the past three months.
 
 
In addition before the “high wind/flash flood” event of last Thursday, it had been more than seven months since our region experienced an impacting severe storm that was not localized. Admittedly, storms like the Ulysses tornado and Wirt County downburst last week have been the exception in 2013.
 
As for the summer ahead, the amount of spring rains tells me we will have a "measured" number of 90 degree days.
 
My original forecast made in early April was for 17 ninety degree days this summer. Given that’s right at the climatological norm for our region, that was hardly an earth shattering prediction. Here in late June, my gut says that number is on target and if anything will overshoot a bit especially in Charleston.
 
That forecast was based on the adequate amount of spring rains that have allowed our farmers to get the growing season off on the right foot. Meigs County Ohio extension agent Hal Kean said all along that the plowing and planting were on schedule this year and at this early stage of the growing season he says, "soil moistures are sufficient for most. In fact some silver queen corn has already been picked and we will have home grown tomatoes by July 4th weekend!" 
 
I sense a bumper crop ahead when I talk to Hal and Lyndall Harned, Boyd County Ky extension agent. Lyndall reminded me, "last year at this point the corn was shriviling and we were bound for a drought summer".
 
Green Thumb himself John Marra has preached for years that "an inch of rain per week in one downpour is what farmers and gardeners need for a bumper crop". So let's wait and see if these spring downpours can have staying power during the Dog Days of summer.
 
Officially, summer begins this Friday at 1:04 in the  morning. Festivall in Charleston looks to feature a hot first weekend ahead with daily highs near 90.
 
Here’s a look at the Festivall schedule of events to come.
 
http://www.festivallcharleston.com/
 
As for Saturday night, it's Picnic with the Pops on the banks of the mighty Ohio where Mark and Beth McVey will serenade Broadway under a fiery sunset!
 
Hey, summer is here. Enjoy!
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