Thunderstorms Set to Return


Sunday Thunder Action Assessed
It’s a hot and hazy Saturday evening across the region for the Marmet Jamboree and the Appalachian Uprising in Scottown. Country and Bluegrass music lovers are enjoying their favorite music with the sun now setting in a fiery ball!
Meanwhile, thunderstorms armed with heavy rains, lightning strikes and gusty winds are crossing Central Ohio and should arrive in the Ohio Valley late tonight.
I just watched a half storm pass Dublin near Columbus where the Memorial golf tourney is going on. The sudden downpour has put down a quick half inch of rain promising softer greens for Sunday’s final round at Jack’s tournament.
Now if you live along and north of I-64, keep your eyes to the northern sky after dark (especially after midnight) as these storms will be flickering up the heavens thanks to heat lightning.
As the storms move southeastward it will be interesting to see if they weaken as normally happens at night. I expect readers in Vinton, Athens and Washington Counties to have a storm between 9:30 and 11pm.
In time, these cells will move closer to I-64 hence the opportunity to see heat lightning toward midnight. Overnight, I would expect much of the region to have a shower or thunderstorm as the cold front that is responsible for these storms passes through.
That’s where the forecast turns trickier since the front will be a slow mover on Sunday. That tells me as the hot sun returns, soccer moms in Barboursville will have their hands filled lathering up with sun screen while reaching for a cold bottle of water at the same time. Temperatures won’t make 90 on Sunday, but it will sure feel it.
As the sun goes to work on our tropical air, cauliflower cumulus clouds will begin to boil heavenward. Weather fans will recognize those chunks of cauliflower in the sky as the beginning stages of thunderstorms.
In time, those cauliflower clouds will begin to turn more broccoli-like in complexion signaling the onset of a summery downpour.
There is no reason to think we will avoid seeing the normal pockets of street flooding and power hits from lightning bolts from these storms. If you like tracking Sunday’s storms, I think you will find the interactive radar link very useful.
Add it up and I expect a thunder/downpour delay on the B-Ville soccer pitches on Sunday and on the grounds of UC where Symphony Sunday starts at 1PM in Charleston.
The storms should be south of Charleston for the evening concert and fireworks, but that is a forecast that will have to be verified with ground truth radar looks on Sunday.
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