Heat Busters Will Help with the Drought

A Thunderous End to Heat Wave

There were drought denting downpours on the Pinpoint Doppler 3 Radar scope this Wednesday evening. So church goers who attended services heard the skies rumble, the heavens weep and gusty winds swirl IN PARTS OF THE REGION.

Calls from the Letart, Mount Alto area of the BIG BEND of Mason-Meigs County indicate some storm damage from strong winds. A police officer reported a funnel cloud that briefly touched down. That would likely be a small tornado with enough wind to knock down some trees. Power hits from lightning have briefly interrupted utilities.

The main thrust of the rain crossed the Country Music Highway in Boyd and Lawrence Counties Kentucky with gardens in Huntington-Proctorville-Chesapeake slurping-up a nice drink of water. The rush of wind with the storm littered some roads with branches. That storm then moved along the I-64 CORRIDOR thru Milton-Hurricane-Winfield by 9 PM.

The genesis of this action again focused on the intense heat and tropical humidity of this 11th day of 90 degree heat this season. For more on the heat, refer to last night’s blog. But for tonight, I want to focus on Thursday’s expected storm action and its likely impact on the drought.

In a nutshell, the first in a one-two punch of storms is crossing the region tonight. Rainfall totals within a half hour drive of I-64 are averaging .5”. Overnight, dense fog will form where it rained hard.

Thursday will dawn murky and foggy in spots, then the sun will hazily shine thru the overcast by lunchtime. At that point, a new line of storms will be forming south of I-70 thru Central Ohio and Northern WV. These storms will slide southeastward to affect the region in the late afternoon and at night. These storms, if they form as expected, have the capability to produce “drought denting” downpours. We shall follow their progress all day long here at Newschannel 3 and WSAZ.COM.

By Friday afternoon, the storms will be to our south and a breath of fresh air will arrive in time for the weekend as Summer Motion begins in Ashland and Riverfest opens at Roadside Park in St. Albans.

One final note, droughts are tough to break in summer as trees and other vegetation soak in water that would otherwise make it to the ground water table. Those trees then transpire the water back to space once the sun comes out. For this reason, save for a 6 inch deluge or the passage of the remnants of a Hurricane or Tropical Storm, we are stuck in drought until the fall.

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