Storms to Break Dry Spell
One look at area lawns belies the fact that June was wetter than normal; the 6th month of the year producing a general 4 to 6 inches of rain but with only a few days receiving a downpour.
But one look at the dusty little league baseball diamond in your neighborhood confirms the most popular notion; namely, we are in need of new rain.
The long dry July 4th weekend has all but eliminated the wetness of June through evaporation. You see on a sunny and hot summer afternoon, a quarter inch of rain water is evaporated from the ground and from your pool. Go a full week without rain and that’s almost 2 inches of water that is evaporated to space.
Monday featured the 5th day of 90 degree heat of the season in the River Cities of Huntington-Ashland-Ironton (4th in Charleston). Those days have been spaced out so that we still await the first heat wave of the season.
Now we watch a cool front set to arrive on Tuesday with thunderstorms.
Careful where a dawn shower dampens the ground. After a long dry spell, roads can be surprisingly slick with the smallest amount of rain,
While a shower or thunderstorm can occur any place, any time on Tuesday, morning scattered action would be dwarfed by afternoon heavier squalls. Local street flooding and power hits (from lightning/strong winds) seem destined to interrupt our outdoor plans in the 2 until 9pm time frame.