Tropical Weekend Ahead

Labor day marks the unofficial end to summer. Tony blogs of a tropical weekend ahead for local events and the Herd's game in Oxford.

Close Call in Oxford for Herd-Red Hawks Game

Labor Day weekend is here and there are two notable weather trends to factor into your outdoor plans; namely, loads of humidity and in time the risk of  tropical downpours.

Given our recent history of lightning strikes and street flooding, I wanted to get the word of a gully washer out early.

Let’s set the weekend up with a sunshiny and hot Friday that will be dry for travelers. Highs will crest just shy of 90 by day’s end. That sets us up for a sultry Friday night of football and concerts.

While the River Days concert in Portsmouth remains dry, a  passing shower in a few areas of Eastern Kentucky is possible though I stress games should be in good shape weather-wise.

Saturday offers our best risk to hit 90 this month. In fact, we have now gone more than a month since our last 90 day on July 23. Hard to believe but this is the second straight August without a 90 day in Charleston (Huntington managed just 1 ninety day last August).

So early morning distance runners will need plenty of water in Charleston Saturday and folks lining the streets of Portsmouth for the big parade will deal with a heat index rising into the low 90s by afternoon.

As Saturday college football games kick off at noon, showers and thunderstorms will be common in Indiana and Western Kentucky. In time those cells will migrate into Oxford Ohio where the Herd is playing a rare late afternoon game at a MAC home field.

The late kick has me thinking that a second half shower or thunderstorm is possible and even if one doesn’t make it to the field, chances that Herd fans drive though a downpour on their way home is much higher than the trip into Oxford.

Game time temperature will be 90 though an unusual strong summer breeze will add some comfort inside the sweaty stadium.

Catlettsburg’s Labor Day festival begins with a Saturday night concert downtown and runs through Labor Day including a Monday parade and Monday night country music concert.

At this point since weekend rains do not yet exist, it is merely prudent to say that tropical showers will be possible by Sunday. Not all day rains, but the risk of the heavens opening up as we have watched so often this summer.

So folks heading to Pikeville for Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days enjoy the food, music and Sunday parade but beware of a sudden downpour as per the norm of the summer of 2014.

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