Summer's Last Hurrah!

If Labor Day is the end of meteorological summer, Tony blogs it will go out in style.


Labor Day Weekend a “Steamfest”
The unofficial end of summer comes this weekend as we celebrate the hard work of Americans on Labor Day.
From the days of the American Revolution through the advent and meteoric rise of the Information Superhighway, aka the Intellectual Revolution known as the Internet, we Americans have prided ourselves on a dogged work ethic and a willingness to learn and adapt.
Now this holiday weekend we celebrate with pool parties, picnics, pigskins and parades.
Weather-wise the weather will remain hot and steamy through Labor Day with an occasional shower interrupting the many hours of hazy skies that we will experience for our outdoor plans.
Timing and placement of showers is an individual town and county affair. I will let Josh maneuver you through it with his weekend updates and with up to the minute radar scans.
Here’s the broad scoped blueprint for the weekend ahead.
As humidity levels rise overnight into Saturday morning, an area of showers will likely form thru parts of Kentucky and Ohio. One plausible scenario has these showers along the Ohio River from Wheeling to Parkersburg to Huntington to Grayson Ky. by dawn.
Assuming these showers do indeed exist at first light of day, they would scurry through the Southern Coalfields and Kanawha Valley before noon and then exit into the mountains.
So Mountaineer fans heading north to Morgantown, don’t be surprised to drive through a shower along I-79 north into WVU country.
That rise in humidity will be palpable for the field doing the Distance Run in Charleston and the Color 5K run in Huntington. It will feel like it is 80 already by the end of those races. Fans and runners, stay hydrated!
By afternoon the hazy sun of the last day of August will go to work raising noon temperatures into the 80s for the River Days parade in Portsmouth. I will be there to make the 2 mile jaunt from Spartan Stadium to Tracy Park coincident to the Buckeyes kicking off at the “Shoe”.
As temperatures simmer thru the 80s, towering cumulus clouds will be developing into chunks of cauliflower. In time these clouds will boil into scattered thunderheads in the late afternoon-early evening (4-9pm).
Whether or not one of these thunderheads will affect Edwards’s stadium is just not predictable until the cells are track-able on radar.
Sunday will be your typical late summer steam bath with plenty of sultry sunshine and temperatures near 90 degrees. Again the late afternoon will be favored for any thunder action.
Labor Day itself offers the best risk of heavy weather as a cold front barrels through in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms, some locally heavy, will prowl along the front and pass through our region with vigor. Pockets of strong winds, lightning strikes and street flooding downpours would accompany the strongest cells.
Again Monday’s action does not exist now so trying to pinpoint when and where the storms will hit hardest is impossible.
As for me, I have Portsmouth parade plans on Saturday, golfing tee time on Sunday and Catlettsburg parade plans on Monday. I will be watching the radar and Josh all weekend long and suggest you do the same!
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