Spring Weekend Weather Report

Weekend Update and Pollen Report

Pollen Report First

As promised, I am posting a brief pollen report/forecast to start all blogs thru April.

Friday’s rains have been followed by cooling north winds with temperatures falling from the 60s pre-dawn into the 40s by dusk. The rain has flushed pollen from the air and now that "norther" will suppress pollination this weekend.

Pollen levels will be low on Saturday (take a deep refreshing breathe) and will climb only slowly on Sunday when new showers and a cool cloud cover will hold the clamps on trees. Next pollen alert day is Monday when windy, warm weather returns in time for opening day!

Weekend Forecast

Gene Evans from the East End of Huntington measured just under 2 inches of rain the past 2 days as March is going out like a very wet lion. That brings the monthly total in Collis P.’s hometown to more than 5”! That wetness complements the winter rain pattern as 2008 is off to a soggy start.

Forest fire season is well underway. In fact when you hear me use the term “brush fires”, the local foresters cringe. “Tony we have forest not brush fires. Please make the distinction”, is a common plea I hear.

Well, the 475 acre fire on the Martin-Pike line this week was indeed a “Forest Fire” in the making. Dexter Connelly, district forester out of Betsy Lane, tells me this “arson” set fire was contained to 475 acres yesterday but had the potential to be a much bigger fire. Then last evening’s heavy shower and today’s soaking downpour has left what remains of this fire as a smoldering pile of wet leaves!

Heading into the weekend, a cold north wind will send temperatures down into the 30s tonight and again on Saturday night.

By day, Saturday’s skies will be partly cloudy with a chilly AM and cool PM breeze for little league openings. Highs will only make the 50s.

Sunday now appears to be rather cloudy with some shower action.

Those Sunday showers could linger into Monday morning but by afternoon when the Reds open at the Great American Ball Park, temperatures will soar on the heels of strong southerly winds. Highs will get close to 70 and winds will gust to 30 miles per hour. No wonder trees will be pollinating up a storm again by then!

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