Gully Washer Watch This Week
This first full week of summer will not disappoint weather watchers as near 90 degree heat and tropical humidity levels team to sponsor the threat of especially afternoon and evening thunderstorms.
Note the time frame for storms is especially late day, so kids at VBS (vacation bible school) and summer camps will find plenty of dry hours for play. These rain free periods will feature lots of tropical sunshine, which at this time of the year can sponsor bad sunburns. So kids, lather up with an SPF 30.
As for the storms, let’s take a cue from last night’s late action along the Scioto Trail of Ohio. Between 10 pm and 1 am, storms formed and turned locally strong with torrential rains and frequent lightning strikes in Scioto, Pike, Vinton and Jackson Counties..
Since the night time version of these storms saw cloud tops reach above 40,000 feet (rule of thumb the higher the storm clouds tower, the more intense the rain and lightning), the daytime cousins will likely be bigger and meaner this week as they feed on the sun..
So local power hits from lightning strikes and street flooding are likely in the heaviest cells.
Much like the randomness of trying to predict where a tossed handful of coins will land and settle, it is just not possible to forecast when and where these cells will impact our region until they form.
So keep an eye to the western sky this week for the first sign of a darkening field of cumulonimbi and be advised that a localized flash flood can ensue in an hour’s time if a storm parks over a particular city. That’s why we are on “gully washer” watch all week.