Summer Storm Day Ahead
One last “summer” tropical air mass has set up shop across the region this week with two 90 degree days already simmering Ohio Valley towns like Portsmouth, Greenup, Gallipolis, Point Pleasant and the River Cities of Huntington-Ashland-Ironton
The heat has been accompanied by a semi-jungle like humidity level and the familiar haze of mid summer making outdoor construction and landscape work a hard task.
Working in tandem, the haze, heat and humidity (3Hs) conspired to produce some drenching thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon. Culverts backed up in spots in downtown Charleston while cannon shots of thunder rumbled along I-77 and I-79 north out of Charley West.
Despite a shower in Huntington, the River Cities region of the Ohio Valley received little rain.
Now today with our first autumn-like cold front of the season about to collide head-first with the 3H air, a new band of rowdy storms is expected to fire in the early afternoon in Ohio then spill southeast through West Virginia and Kentucky.
Look for localized street flooding and lightning strikes as these cells pass. A few pockets of strong winds are likely to also be by-products of the energetic storm pattern.
If all goes according to plan, the timing of these storms should be early afternoon in Ohio (12-3), mid afternoon along the West Virginia side of the mighty Ohio (1-3 Huntington to Parkersburg), 2-4pm in the Kanawha Valley and 3-6 in the Coalfields.
By first light Friday a genuine feel of fall will be in the air with a 10 star last weekend of summer expected for the Fall Fest in the village of Barboursville and for high school and college football.