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.

Spring Personified

Spring-Tastic Until Weekend

Pollen Update: Tree pollen levels are back in the high range and will be rising thru Friday, so if you suffer, take your antihistamine as prescribed by the good doctor.

By the way, no sense in talking grass pollen this early as levels in April are low.

Spring Weather

As good as it gets! Spring personified! These are just a few of the splendid spring sayings that describe the current weather pattern. Of course my fav is a TC Top 10er!

Oddly an ocean vortex spinning east of Myrtle Beach is responsible for the splendor. This “storm at sea” is producing a stiff ocean wind at the Grand Strand and making for rough surf for early season vacationers.

The problem is this storm is kind if stuck in place, only migrating slowly seaward. Since our weather comes in from the west and leaves to the east, it kind of makes sense that until this ocean storm moves far out to sea, the weather inland will remain stuck in place.

For us, that means warm sunshine producing high pressure will hold thru Friday. Daytime highs topped 70 on Wednesday, and will jump to 75 on Thursday and 80 delightful degrees on Friday.

In time, the ocean sea will pull farther away from the mainland and that will open the gates for our fair weather to pass off to the east and for a developing wet weather system in the Plains to arrive with showers this weekend.

Since there are tons of events this weekend, and since any showers that may fall don’t exist now, no need to panic and no need to cancel your outdoor plans. But I am suggesting you have contingency plans in the event your fun gets rained upon.

Among those big events this weekend, Hillbilly Days in Pikeville (I did the parade last year and it was Tops!), the Ramp Fest in Richwood (Umm, Umm good) and 5K walks for Autism (Ritter Park in Huntington) and MS (Haskins Park in Gallipolis) and the Circus in Charleston.

We have time to fine tune the timing and intensity of weekend showers, so stay tuned!


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