April in January With No Complaints

Springtime Bursts onto Scene

In a game of turn-about fair play, our climate has gone from winter to spring in a few days. Gone are the memories of arctic blusters and howling snow squalls. In their place, how about winter pansies playing joyfully in the mild breezes at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, golfers teeing it up at Cato Park and yes even a woolly worm sighting!

All these elements and more will accompany my 11 pm story of springtime in January!

As of 5 PM, it is official the temperature in Huntington and Charleston crested at a May-like 71, tying the record set back in 1937 just a few days before the great flood hit. Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick was first to banter around the R word, as in record highs on Sunday.

Sure it is warmer and even springier on the French Quarter for Buckeye fans before Monday night’s title game (last report was 75 with a 20 mile per hour breeze), but given the temperature in our region was as low as 6 degrees last week, a case could be made for our weather being even better than that on Bourbon street.

For Tuesday, the winds will be stronger so the temperature may be higher by a few degrees. If so we will be back in record territory as the standards we are shooting for are 74 in Huntington and 72 in Charleston.

I am concerned that strong winds will gust to 30 miles per hour on Tuesday increasing the fire danger. At this time of year, there are no time restrictions on when you can burn, but common sense says that once the winds are up on Tuesday, you should refrain from burning altogther.

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