Watching for Weekend Showers

After a slow start, May is making up for its early dryness. Tony blogs about possible stormy weather and events ahead this weekend.


Weekend Weather Update
This next to last May weekend is chock full of big time outdoor events. So the weather will play an even bigger role in making sure all have a good time.
The Charlie West Blues Fest is underway on the Charleston Levee and while a heavy thunderstorm did slide by to the west of the city on Friday evening, a brief shower with some lightning has sent some Blues lovers scurrying for cover. That storm has poured upon parts of Putnam County with an inch of rain through the RT 34 and 35 corridors around Eleanor-Buffalo-Winfield-Red House. This rain was un-welcomed news for hay farmers who have watched their first crop “head out”.
Meanwhile an evening thundershower has been common in much of the Buckeye State with the Wayne National Forest and nearby areas getting a thorough dosing.
That evening thundery activity will wind down as the sun sets leaving behind a cloak of dense fog where it rained hard!
Looking ahead to Saturday, expectations for a morning shower and a late afternoon downpour are high, but with several dry hours in between. That should allow the Shawnee tribe to surround Fort Randolph at Krodell Park as the 1778 siege is re-enacted. The siege begins at 2pm and there is gunfire and bloodshed during this historic battle.
In Huntington, starving artists are at it again at Ritter Park with the annual Art in the Park festival. Artists will need to cover their "Picassos and Rembrandts" at least once on both days.
As for the midday Armed Services parade in South Charleston, flag waving West Virginians will be out in droves to see singer Wayne Newton ride a convertible. As for whether Wayne’s driver will be able to keep the convertible roof down, only time will tell.
Meanwhile the high school athletic “cream of the crop” in WV are on hand this weekend at Laidley Field for the WV state track and field meet. The rains don’t stop the runners, jumpers and throwers, but an ill-timed thunderstorm, like the one that passed Charleston on Friday evening could cause a delay on Saturday afternoon.
Since Saturday’s rains do not exist right now, it is not possible to say when and where it will rain this weekend.
So you get the picture, some showers will interrupt outdoor plans this weekend.
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