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SEVERE STORM BREAKS THE HEAT
Things settled down nicely tonight in time for the country music concert of John Michael Montgomery at Haddad Park in Charleston and Gospel Music Night in Gallipolis. The late afternoon storm line rained and rumbled in most of the region, but sped away quickly enough for a nice evening on the concert circuit.Only a few severe weather reports were noted with trees down only state Rt 7 in Meigs Ohio and rural Elliott County Kentucky.
Overnight, patchy fog is forming and will be locally dense as Marathoners line up for the Hatfield and McCoy distance run in South Williamson. Runners will cross the fog shropuded Tug Fork on their 26 mile 385 yard jaunt and finish in historic Williamson. Morning humidity levels will be uncomfortable by marathoner standards.
By the afternoon parade, sunshine and lower humidity will treat downtowners, though moms make sure you lather the kids up with the sun block!
FrIday's high topped out 90-95. Subtract 10 from those numbers and we will enjoy highs of 80-85 on both Saturday and Sunday (70s in the mountains).
I am watching with interest the storm line crossing the Scioto and Hocking Valleys of Ohio as well as the Zaleski and Dean State Forests. Warnings are flying for Scioto, Pike, Vinton, Jackson, Meigs and Athens. These storms have the most potential to produce wind damage as they are closer to the energy source of the approaching storm line.
Farther south, my gut says a gusty downpour with a few vivid lightning streaks before The Boston Beanery evening activities in Huntington and Live on the Levee Music in Charleston. That would be in the 4 til 6 time span.
The Coalfields will pick up action after 6 PM.
Original Posting 2:30
The intense early season heat was joined by a surge of tropical humidity this Friday, so the apparent temperature (aka heat index) crested in the 90-95 degree range just after high noon. No doubt your friendly neighborhood landscaper or construction worker took a longer water break in the soupy air. Justin’s pinpoint Doppler radar scope showed a speckling of popcorn showers and thundershowers developing then.
Thru 3PM this afternoon, anyone is fair game for a hit and run thundershower. But after 3 PM, a strong storm line will approach from the Cincinnati-Louisville region. This is the squall line that must be respected for high winds and localized hail. To that effect, my colleagues at the National Weather Service have issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9 PM for the WSAZ Newschannel 3 area.
Now that the kids are out of school, a storm watch means you keep them playing close by within shouting distance. At the local community pool, lifeguards are trained to clear the pool at the first sign of lightning/thunder. If a storm warning is issued for your county, then you should get the kids inside pronto.
This afternoon’s storm line will be moving along at 40 miles per hour, so it would storm in any one location less than half an hour followed by lighter showers. Rainfall totals would average one half inch to one inch in the heavier storms, drought relievers but not breakers.
One thing the storm line will break is the heat. By Saturday morning’s Run by the River sponsored by the East Greenup Kiwanis Club, there will be a breath of fresh air as humidity levels lower. On the other hand, despite the more pleasant feel to the air, the Smoke on the River Chili-Cookoff in downtown Charleston will still be snorting fire tomorrow.
Justin and I will tag team our coverage all afternoon at WSAZ Newschannel 3 and we will provide special live streaming coverage on your WEBCHANNEL here at WSAZ.COM.