From the WSAZ First Warning Weather Center... The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the counties of Wirt and Wood in West Virginia until 6:15 AM... FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... PLEASANTS COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... WESTERN RITCHIE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF HARRISVILLE... NORTH CENTRAL WIRT COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... EASTERN WOOD COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... UNTIL 615 AM EDT AT 314 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE WARNED AREA. LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO NORTH BEND STATE PARK PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY...COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS...STREAMS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY. RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY AUTOMOBILE. PLEASE REPORT HIGH WATER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE...800-401-9535...WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY. YOU MAY ALSO REPORT HIGH WATER BY POSTING YOUR REPORT TO THE CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACEBOOK PAGE...OR BY USING THE TWITTER HASHTAG...NWSRLX. There is also a Flash Flood Watch for the counties of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence in Kentucky, for the counties of Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs and Vinton in Ohio and for the counties of Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Wayne, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia until 1:00 AM Saturday. Stay tuned or go to WSAZ.com for the latest information.

Fruit Trees "Johnny on the Spot"

Highlanders Knew to Plant on Hills

Pollen Report

Tree Pollen levels are moderate with chilly nights suprressing nocturnal pollenation. Next spike up will begin Wednesday afternoon and last thru Friday as trees resume their pollen producing witchcraft!

Cold Frosty Nights

While frost was common across much of the region on Tuesday morning, low temperatures panned out exactly as expected (28-33), so no serious damage was done to fruit or ornamental trees.

Now we have one more frosty night to go thru with this one apt to be a tad colder in rural hollows protected from the wind (25-28) while still near 32 in the hills. That’s good news for local fruit growers who know to plant their fruit trees on the hillsides not in the deep valleys.

In fact, our Colonial ancestors showed their weather savvy when they planted their cherry, peach and apple trees on the same hills that my friends the Richards in Jackson and Furmans in Wheelersburg have been doing that for many years (40+).

On starry and still nights, the clear skies and light wind setting allows for the coldest air to settle to the valley floor below. This occurs due to the fact that cold air weighs more than warm air, so its natural tendency is to sink to low dips, hollows and valleys. As this occurs, the air left on top of hills (while still chilly) is somewhat warmer (or should I say less cold) than the air on the valley floor below.

It’s no wonder that since the days when Dr. Samuel Hildreth kept the first weather diary in the Ohio Valley near Marietta way back in the early 1800s, that our forefathers in Appalachia knew that to be a successful fruit grower, you had to be a Highlander!

Speaking of the Highlanders, up on the hill this evening Huntington High is hostingthe Cabell Midland Knights in a key baseball rivalry. First pitch temperatures will be near 60, but by 8 pm, up on the hill the temperature will chill to 50 degrees (bring a warm jacket or sweater) while at the same time down along route 10, the temperature will be some 5-10 degrees lower!


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