First Warning Forecast | The Tropics Are Here... Again

No More Worries About The Heat, New Worries For Flooding.
Published: Aug. 15, 2021 at 6:48 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2021 at 8:44 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Last week we were tracking our strongest heat wave of the year thus-far, along with some fairly parched ground. This week will be a 180-degree turn from that, with tropical moisture streaming northward from the Gulf of Mexico. The past couple of days have each produced at least one area in the Tri-State with a Flash Flood Warning, and today looks headed in the same direction. Plumes of rain and embedded downpours will continue in bands and waves today, saturating more ground with upwards of a half-inch of rain during each pass. Places that get hit multiple times will be at-risk for spot flooding. As always, NEVER attempt to drive across a flooded roadway. Temperatures stay in the 70s for the most-part today, dipping to the upper 60s in a solid downpour, and cresting into the lower 80s during any lull that just so happens to eek in a little sunshine. The overnight hours will see a decrease in coverage of these showers, but we won’t be done with our rain nor flooding risks.

Tomorrow figures to permit a little bit more sunshine, but there will still be roaming bands of rain and rumbles to track. Highs will reach the lower 80s. As we turn toward evening, the remnant moisture from Tropical Storm Fred will be arriving from the south. This will continue to stream in through Wednesday, with more threats for flooding. As it departs beyond that, we should again get a little quieter, but we still won’t get a completely dry day for the Tri-State. Afternoon highs will be dependent on the amount of afternoon sunshine, but generally seasonable, now sliding in the mid-80s.

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