Pleasant Late Summer Weekend
Let me start by giving a shout out to my friends in Central Pennsylvania who are enduring record flooding along the Susquehanna River. I am praying for you during these trying times.
For those who may not know, I broke into TV 28 years ago in the Lancaster-York-Lebanon-Harrisburg area at NBC behemoth WGAL-TV. For summer fun, I used to fish the Susquehanna River for smallmouth bass.
On this Thursday night, the river I forecasted for and used to fish is now 20 feet higher than when I waded it. So stand up, pretend you are in the middle of a river and look up 20 feet. Scary!
The tropical rains swamping my old stomping grounds are courtesy of former storm Lee.
As our good luck would have it, those heavy rains from Lee were manageable in our region earlier this week. In general, our parched lawns and landscapes gobbled down a healthy 2 inch drink of water Labor Day weekend no problem.
But in Eastern Pa and Southern NY, the 5”+ of rain that has fallen this week from Binghamton NY through Wilkes Barre-Scranton to Harrisburg and Lancaster Pa has done so on a sopping wet ground.
Since those rains fell on a soil saturated by the wettest August in 100 years in Eastern Pa (thanks in part to to Hurricane Irene), you have the makings of catastrophic flooding.
While the heavy Labor weekend rains ended by dawn Tuesday, sullen grey overcast skies have spat lighter rains at us the rest of the week. This has cooled our region to the brink of the end of the air conditioning season.
Gone are the near 100 degree afternoons during River Days in Portsmouth last weekend. In their place are the cool days of early fall that we come to cherish, normally in late September and October.
Again on Friday, an extensive cloud cover will hold our temperatures in the climate controlled 70s by day and near 60 at dawn. So if you are heading to a high school football game on Friday, carry a light jacket for the second half cool down to assure your viewing comfort.
Meanwhile Guyandotte is “Going Hollywood” with Swine Fest 2011. Thursday night’s parade featured a Military Color Guard which paid tribute to America on this 10th anniversary weekend of 9-11.
A nice breeze and dry weather greeted parade goers on Main Street. I know Rocky Frazier and his crew have pulled all the stops to make Swine Fest memorable.
Weekend free concerts and plenty of pulled pork sammies will attract nice crowds through Saturday. Check out all the fun at this website.
In Institute, the Kanawha County Fair has returned to its original 1990s roots at Shawnee Park just off I-64. Friday night’s entertainment features the Oldies sounds of the Esquires. Here’s a list of all activities at the fair this year.
In Louisa, Friday begins the “Best Little Festival in the Bluegrass”, aka Septemberfest. Mike Sullivan and the gang from Louisa have been at this for 24 years now and it just keeps getting better. If you enjoy country music, this is THE PLACE TO BE this weekend.
Here’s a snapshot of the great acts on stage this weekend.
Overall, a nice weekend is on tap with the sun playing a game of hide and go seek behind passing clouds. While a shower can’t be ruled out, tailgaters from Edwards Stadium in Huntington to the ‘Shoe in Columbus to Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington should plan on a fine Saturday afternoon.
As for Milan Puskar, I sense morning dampness with showers and fog in the hills around Morgantown will give way to a dry afternoon with the sun trying to break through the leftover gloomy overcast. Temperatures will make 70 by the seond half.
Temperatures in the 70s will feel comfy with an 80 degree reading possible in Pikeville for the opening kickoff of the Bears game. Chris Bailey tells me the NAIA basketball champions will recieve their rings at halftime. Cool!