Downpour watch for Thursday

Tony Cavalier says a cool front is destined to spawn a few waves of scattered showers and thunder for our area on Thursday.

HUNTINGTON/CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Late Wednesday night the summer air was laden with a sultry, steamy feel as high humidity levels and a thick haze made for a fiery sunset for folks walking the midway at the Lawrence County Fair in Proctorville, Ohio, and the Little League playoffs in Barboursville, West Virginia.

Meanwhile showers and thunderstorms were roaming western Ohio, western Kentucky and Indiana. Those storms were feeding on the energy supplied by an approaching cool front.

This front was destined to spawn a few waves of scattered showers and thunder for our area on Thursday. In this case the best descriptors for Thursday’s rains are defined by two phrases “any place-any time” for a shower or downpour and "hit or miss" in aerial extent.

The former is a testimony to the tropical air in place, the latter speaks to the reality that in the Dog Days of summer rain seldom falls everywhere in a uniform manner. Hence the "hit or miss nature of the rain..

Given the history of this summer, we have to respect the heaviest storms to produce pockets of street flooding and power hits but with the caveat that other areas will just get a ground dampening.

Only once we see storms/showers on radar can the difference be made clearer..