Welcomed Rains Set to Arrive

 

Tuesday Downpours May Flood Streets
 
It has been almost a week now since the last drenching shower of May has fallen. Recall how the first two weeks of May had soaked our gardens and lawns with 3 to 4 inches of water. That was almost an entire month’s worth of rain in a fortnight.
 
But now the spigot has been turned off and we are in need of rain. Farmers have sown their crops into the fields (and many have cut and bailed their first hay crop) and are now ready for the “one inch per week of rain needed for a bumper summer crop”, so says Rodney Wallbrown, Mason County Extension agent.
 
With a heat wave due to build in by the Memorial Day weekend, an inch or two of water would also help fill pools for the summer swimming season. As long as we can get the rain to move away by the start of the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston and Memory Days in Grayson, all will be perfect.
 
Turns out the weather is about to fulfill those needs!
 
Take Monday afternoon when showers and downpours set up shop just to our west through the Daniel Boone National Forest of Kentucky and the Brush Creek watershed of Adams County Ohio. Local street flooding occurred in these areas as one to two inches of rain fell in a 3 hour time span. Streams are running high, most not in flood.
 
Those western rains made absolutely no movement toward us on Monday evening as they remained stationary where the humid tropical air of spring resided.That left our region for spotty evening showers. Then as if by magic, a downpour developed in downtown Charleston.
 
Why the sudden flair up? Well the air is becoming more tropical as humidity levels rise. So as we look ahead to Tuesday and Wednesday, the moniker any place, any time for a shower or downpour fits!
 
Now the slow moving front that helped spawn those downpours to our west will slowly chug toward our area on Tuesday. As the juicier air gets shoved our way, it will meet up with the passing front to generate garden variety showers and thundershowers. The slow movement tells me some street flooding is in our future.
 
The damp and humid pattern looks to last into Wednesday and even Thursday before the heat of summer arrives in time for the big weekend and the Ironton Memorial Day parade!
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