Thursday Rain Storm

First Soaker of 2008 Due in Town

After riding the dry weather roller coaster for 6 months last year (late spring thru early fall was as dry as it gets around here), the second half of the fall turned wet and wild. While we didn’t totally erase the year’s deficit, we did manage to wiggle our way out of drought.

Now 2008 is set to resume that wet weather train with a Thursday soaker due to deposit our first inch of rain of 2008. Unlike the early Wednesday rowdy rains with high winds (gusts above 50 miles per hour were common), Thursday’s action will be much wetter and less blustery (20 mph gusts).

Early call if for rain to arrive quickly from north to south in the morning, then continue into the evening hours. I expect a general one half to one inch rainfall, with locally 1.5” possible in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

The kids will need to carry the rain gear to the school bus corner even if it is not raining at dawn (and I don’t expect rain to arrive until after the 8AM school bell except in the Coalfields). Construction workers, looks like a day indoors, though if the rain is slow in arriving, maybe you sneak out a few hours of pay.

Why rain not snow you ask, after all it is January? Well, it will be chilly early on Thursday (30s), but highs are heading into the 50s here and 40s in the mountains as the ski industry can't buy a break due to a lack of timely snows. (Sure it snowed a foot in the mountains last week, but coming the day after New Years, the snow did not help Holiday skiers).

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