October in June Saturday Afternoon Update
Plenty of gusty winds this Saturday afternoon as the day's sun helps to siphon strong breezes from the heavens above down to terra firma. Ask anyone flying into or out of Yeager or Tri-State about the bumpy ride they had.
Still expecting a mainly dry weekend though a passing shower has been added to the forecast this evening.
So slap on some sunscreen if taking in the WV boys baseball championships at Appy Park and don't forget a sweater or pull-over if heading ot the Appalachian Uprising Bluegrass Fest in Scottown tonight. Daytime highs near 70 will fall into the 50s soon after dark, just like it does in October.
May to June Bumpy Transition
If you asked me which months experience the most volatile weather conversion, I would chime in there are a few. The February to March transition is often a windy and stormy affair. Also on the list for wild or at least whacky weather endings-beginnings are May-June.
What happens at this time of year is that tropical air begins to take hold as the last of the cool spring air masses gets choked back into Canada. Take the Memorial Day weekend when highs soared into the 90s ahead of the 25 year average (June 1 is the average first 90 day on my weather calendar) while walleye fishermen on the James Bay in Ontario Canada felt the sting of a chilling north wind.
Now as I stated on the air and here at WSAZ.COM back in April, I believe we are heading for a hot summer ahead with my preliminary prediction of 30 ninety degree days before the football season kicks off. In fact as dry as it is right now coming out of meteorological spring (March, April, May), it would be an easy road to follow for 40 or 50 ninety days if summer thunderstorms prove as scant as we have witnessed the second half of May.
As for the last day of May and first of June, an unusually strong spring storm will be forming in the Mississippi Valley on Thursday. A rash of severe thunderstorms and even twisters will be the result from the mighty river’s delta all the way north to the Queen City of Cincinnati.
By late Thursday night and early Friday, those storms will be arriving in our region. Coming late at night and removed from the peak heating time of day, those storms should ramp down in overall intensity as they motor through our region. Still, their quick pace may well produce pockets of strong winds and hail.
More importantly, those Friday morning cells will come armed with street flooding downpours and power hits, perhaps in time for the drive to work.
If you are planning your weekend ahead, the rain should be gone in time for a fall-like Live on the Levee concert on Friday night in Charleston.
June brides will be happy to know that Saturday will be cool and dry. Behind that Friday front unusually gusty breezes may play havoc with hairdos and even long-trammed wedding dresses. The 14th annual Williamson Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will feel like an October car show as passing clouds cross the Tug Fork and keep temperatures in the 60s most of the day!
Sunday is Symphony Sunday in Charleston when enough sunshine should propel temperatures back into the 70s.
I will add events to my blog later this week.