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Wet Saturday, Dry Sunday

 

Fifty-Fifty Club Weather
 
It’s the fourth weekend of spring and there are plenty of events to enjoy, weather permitting. Since Saturday looks to turn rather nasty and Sunday brighter and brisk like autumn, may I suggest a trip to the Dogwood Arts and Crafts Fair at the Big Sandy Arena?
 
Here’s the scoop!
 
First off, this is the first year in memory that the Dogwood are green for the Fair. Our premature flirtation with summer weather back in March allowed all our ornamental shrubs and trees to bloom long before their time. First the Magnolia, then the Azalea and finally the Dogwood came and went in the early season heat. Even this Friday, temperatures jumped to within a few degrees of 80, 10 degrees above normal. Truly “PT Barnum, Greatest Show on Earth” weather (the circus is in town in Charleston this weekend).
 
So when Saturday’s rains fall, they will be knocking down the last of the fading Dogwood petals. Careful too if you are driving since after a long dry spell, roads may be slippery during the initial burst of showers.
 
Of course spring is the season for charity walks and collectively I can make this statement; namely, it will either rain, mist or threaten to rain at all these fund raising events. So bring the poncho along and be ready to get wet.
 
Here are the charity events as I know them.
 
10 AM Huntington, Ritter Park, St. Mary’s Heart Walk.
 
10 AM Charleston, Hampton Park, Autism Walk
 
10 AM Gallipolis, Haskins Park, M.S. Walk
 
3 PM Portsmouth, Chillicothe St, Autism Walk
 
Meanwhile, I will be making the trip down the Country Music Highway to Pikeville on Saturday afternoon to join tens of thousands of country folk as part of the annual Hillbilly Days celebration. The Grand Feature Parade kicks off at 2 pm with a mile long ride down Hambly Blvd. All parade entries are bestowed “rock star” status as you pass the 99 steps of UPIKE!
 
In the hills around Pikeville, I expect wisps of fog to drape the mountain tops.
 
 
As for college football spring games, more of the same with wet weather expected much of the day. The late starting Mountaineer Blue and Gold game (6PM) may see the afternoon rain end, as could the Bobcat Green and White game (2PM) in Athens.
 
Farther north, the Urban Meyer era at OSU kicks off at 1:30 at the ‘Shoe. I suspect morning rain for Buckeye fans traveling the Scioto Trail up State Route 23, but a trend for drying should set in by early afternoon.
 
Meanwhile, the football Wildcats of UK will kickoff at 6 when the rain should be gone.
 
For all games, walks, parades, dress for a cooling day as temperatures will fall through the 50s.
 
OK, so that makes Sunday the pick day of the weekend to enjoy the outdoors as the sun returns. With a stiff northeast wind the temperature will stay in the 50s all day long as the Wheel of Fortune Wheel-mobile arrives at the Cross Lanes Casino. Those Hollywood types will find the going chilly while you and I are envigorated by the late season crispness!
 
So there you have it, your weekend outdoor planner.
 
What of Monday you ask? Do you really want to hear that it could snow a few inches in the mountains with a cold drizzle for the rest of us including Wheel of Fortune wannabees at the Dog Track? I did not think so!
 
Enjoy the weekend, you earned it!
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