Rains to End Warm Wave

Spring Rains Much Needed

A very moist day is ahead for our region with landscapers and construction workers lucky to eke out a half day’s pay. Sure the weather for the morning school bell will be dry (except points west toward Vanceburg and Peebles), but by recess it will be raining thru much of Ohio, Kentucky and far western WV. By lunchtime, brown baggers will be forced to eat inside from Davis Park in Charleston to Early Conley park in West Portsmouth to Hardy Park in Pike County Kentucky. Here’s the soggy scoop.

At midnight, warm breezes are blowing from the south and temperatures are still near 65. I heard Keith mention how coach Snyder’s Herd opened spring practice on Tuesday on a day that felt like August! Highs hit 83/84 at Charleston/Huntington respectively. Well, that warm air is about to turn against us (or for us if you want the rain for your freshly seeded lawn). Here’s why.

So far, that warm air has been dry, but while we sleep, a series of events will conspire to begin the process of saturating that warm air. This will set us up for soaking downpours. First, warm winds laden with moisture will blow all night long from the Gulf northward into our region. Secondly, a wave of energy (strong winds at the 10,000 foot level) will scoot its way from Oklahoma toward Kentucky. The final piece in the sopping puzzle comes in the guise of a backdoor cold front.

Cold fronts normally come in from the west, but in this case a cold front is coming in from New York and Pennsylvania. Ask any Mountaineer fan coming out of the Garden after the ‘Eers dramatic victory on Tuesday in the NIT semis, and they will tell you there is a very cool almost chilly feeling to the air in the Big Apple.

Where the moist southern air meets the Oklahoma energy and the backdoor cold front, you have a meteorological concoction destined to send downpours our way.

Look for heavy rain with rumbles of thunder this afternoon and tonight. Local street flooding is likely and where more than 1 thunderstorm trains, I would not be surprised to see some streams overflow.

The arrival of that cool NYC air late Wednesday night will signal the end of the rain, but before then, many areas will measure an inch or inch and half of rain. This will quell the brush fire threat and give your lawn, landscape a healthy drink of water!

Check with Amy and Todd for a Hump day weather update and don’t you dare leave the umbrella at home. You will pay for it if you do.


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