Weekend Weather A Concern

Memorial Weekend Weather Preview

One thing is for sure in this weather business. We as hard working Americans cherish our free time. That’s particularly true in the warm weather season, when we spend much of our time enjoying the outdoors. So on this Monday night, I am thinking ahead to the weekend to help you make your big Holiday plans.

Before we look ahead, let’s take a few steps back to see where we have come from and surmise where we may be heading.

The springtime roller coaster of weather has sure taken us on some wild swings. Who could forget how cold it felt in early April when the Easter Bunny needed his thermals and gloves to combat the cold and snow. Easter Sunday dawned so harsh that sunrise services were filled not with bonnets but with overcoats and babushkas (a Pa Dutch term for a ladies hat to combat the wind).

But no sooner had the frigid air froze the buds off our fruit trees and stolen the beauty of our spring (as everything from Flowering Crab Apples to Dogwood were nipped in the petal), that the air turned remarkably warm and even downright hot by May Day when Charleston recorded its first official 90 degree day of the season (earliest in 5 years).

Now May is headed toward one of its driest showings in 50 years. And since a dry May is a superior indicator of a hot summer ahead, it is clear that your friendly neighborhood pool will be the place to hang out all summer and the AC repairman will be in high demand.

As for this week leading up to the Memorial Day holiday, a general hot and increasingly humid pattern will prevail thru Friday. That means a sneak thundershower can crop up in the daily 85-90 degree heat. But trying to figure out when and where that rogue thundershower will help give lawns a nice little drink of water is like trying to predict where a handful of coins will fall after being tossed into the air. (Editor’s note: after throwing the coins up once, gather them again and throw them up a second. Bet they lay in 100% totally different locations!

As Justin correctly pointed out, the uneven heating of the mountain valleys from Elkins (Cheat Valley), to Richwood (Cherry Valley) to Lewisburg (Greenbrier Valley) offers the more likely haven for an afternoon hour long cooling shower this week. But it may take until the second half of the Holiday weekend, perhaps even Memorial Day, before soaking showers threaten our region from a widespread point of view.

So while it’s way too soon to say what the weather will be exactly between 10A and 1P in Ironton on Monday (for the longest running Memorial Day parade in the USA), the odds of some wetness increase the later into the weekend we go.

My advice, at this stage of the game, keep your plans to attend parades (Grayson Saturday afternoon), pool parties and picnics (Vandalia Gathering in Charleston) going strong. Any alterations in your plans should not be done until we see the whites of the rains’ eyes and that may not be until Sunday or Monday.

One final note, a combination of tree and grass pollens will remain in the air thru next Monday. Slowly trees are slowing their pollen producing assembly lines while grasses “step up” production. So take an antihistamine as prescribed by your doctor before heading out this week.

I will add my thoughts to this blog all week long, so check back for tidbits and of course something special!

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