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Weekend Weather “Event-Filled” and Eventful!

It’s an action packed weekend across the region with all sorts of historical, nautical and agricultural events going on. So let’s get right to it with your outdoor planner.

First off, a chilly north breeze and extensive cloud cover helped keep high temperatures some ten degrees below normal this afternoon (barely 50 in the mountains, 60 in Charleston and 65 from Huntington west to Portsmouth). In fact, Tom Eastus from Barboursville called to tell me that snow had fallen an inch deep over the high terrain east of Elkins today. Roads were being treated for possible black ice as the sun went down in Randolph County.

Then in a bit of a surprise, the dew point dropped into the 30s in the early evening. That dew point is a measure of how cold it can get tonight. At 38 in the morning, we will have heavy dew. Most will get there, so golfers, that annoying cold, damp ground more typical of March will greet you for early tee times at Sleepy, Cliffside and Barney’s Course at Yatesville!

Now at 37 or below, patchy frost works into the equation in the colder hollows. Given the low lying nature of rural Ohio (from Getaway to McArthur to Lucasville), I suspect some light non-killing frost in the tomato patches of Interior Southern Ohio. That means a bit of a brown nip on a few plants. No need to cover the beans, ‘maters or to bring in the hanging pots and geraniums.

By the way, all this cold and damp weather talk constitutes a spell of Blackberry Winter. So says my buddy Larry Fields from Varney. What’s blackberry winter you ask? Well the time of the year when the blackberries are in bloom when the weather turns cold and damp. Check out the blackberries blooming in the enclosed picture from the Smart’s of Fairplain West Virginia.

While we are on an agricultural kick, I had a call from Hay Farmer Bill Hally of Catlettsburg. It’s time for the first cut of hay and Bill pinned me down. I explained how May is the wettest month of the year, so to expect the weather to be perfectly dry the next 5-7 days is foolhardy. But, frankly hay farmers, you would be hard pressed to find a tamer weather pattern to cut hay in.

Saturday and Sunday look sunshiny and dry! Sure a front passes Sunday night-Monday morning and a scattered shower or thunder squall is possible. But even if it rains, the sun would quickly dry things out and the amount of rain that would be limited and would be unlikely to harm what looks to be a decent first cut.

Next week we do warm up and by week’s end, the air will turn more humid. Since humid air means a better risk of afternoon thunder, for my money, hay farmers are better off cutting Saturday than say next Wednesday-Thursday.

As always hay farmers, please consult our latest forecast with Justin all weekend long as he fine tunes the rain/hay cutting forecast.

Wow, when I started out this blog, I promised I would spotlight the weather for outdoor events. So here’s my latest, about ten paragraphs late.

At the WV State HS track and field meet, folks needed a jacket this evening for the 100 meter dash and discus throw. Now Saturday, I am recommending you lather up with sunscreen as the chill of morning melts away to the warmth of the afternoon under the mighty May sun. You will get a sun burn if you stay in the sun for more than an hour. I look for morning temperatures in the 50s to hit 60 by the time Chuck Yeager breaks the “Cheer Barrier” as Grand Marshall of the South Charleston Armed Forces Day parade. Look for Todd Borek to lead the WSAZ contingent marching past the packed Mound!

On the water, it’s “Calling all Sailors” this weekend in Huntington as the US Coast Guard performs maneuvers on the banks of the Ohio River. At 6 o’clock, the video I used from today’s activities was best described as a “wheelie on water”. This and other daredevil maneuvers will begin at 9 AM Saturday and noon on Sunday as part of National Maritime Days. The event is free to the public so bring the kids down to Harris Riverfront Park and by all means load the kids up with the sunscreen.

If you are into history, then you have 2 marvelous opportunities to learn and enjoy about our Appalachian Heritage. In historic Matewan, the re-enactment of the Matewan Massacre has 2 downtown showings at 11 AM and again at 3PM. Donna May from the Depot reminds me this event occurred on May 19,1920 so Saturday is the 87 anniversary of this bloody battle.

In Point Pleasant, it’s time to relive the Siege at Fort Randolph at Krodell Park. Here, the official First Battle of the American Revolution (as defined in the US Library in Congress) features a 2PM outdoor drama complete with an Indian invasion (to gain revenge for the slaughter of Chief Cornstalk) on the Fort. The original battle occurred in 1774 and is known as the Battle of Point Pleasant.

Finally, they run for the Black Eyed Susan on Saturday at Pimlico. The Preakness Stakes is the shortest of the 3 jewels of the triple crown and so it will take a fast colt to win on fast track. In case you have forgotten, I nailed the derby pick 2 weeks ago (see my Friday night blog that Friday evening).

This go round, I am pegging a 20-1 long shot called FIRST FLYING CLASS to claim fame and fortune. Trainer D Wayne Lucas knows his way around the paddock and when he brings a colt out who did not run in the Derby, he sees a weakness in the field.

I will add Street Sense to Place and Curtin to Show for my Trifecta!

Post time is a little after 6 on Saturday from Baltimore with our coverage here at WSAZ slated to begin with Bob Costas at 5.

And there off!

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