Brief Evening Storms...Then Drying Out; Hot/Muggy Father's Day
A cold front is moving in from Ohio this evening and producing a narrow band of thunderstorms that has produced a lot of lightning and about 45 minutes of heavy rainfall across the Buckeye state. This should drop down to the Huntington/Charleston corridor (likely a bit weaker) by 10-11 P.M. tonight, then push into the Coalfields overnight before fading away. A strong wind gust and brief street flooding is possible with this line as it passes, especially in SE Ohio...but overall it should be a manageable event. The most notable thing may be the vivid lightning we're seeing between 9 to midnight.
This will actually be our last bout of rain for at least 3 and possibly 6 days. That front will push to our south by Thursday morning, with winds turning northerly and drawing in much less humid air. Some patchy fog and mugginess will greet you out the door Thursday morning but by afternoon beautiful blue sky and a refreshing feel should be the rule. With the lower humidity we should drop into the 50s areawide Thursday and Friday nights. FestivALL in Charleston kicks off to some very nice weather on Friday with lots of sunshine and a high in the mid 80s. Humidity will remain comfortable and as the sun sets it should be very nice at Live on the Levee.
Our Father's Day weekend starts off with a lot of sunshine Saturday. After another cool start temperatures will heat up to near 90 in the afternoon. With dewpoints still mainly in the 50s it will feel hot but not too humid. The Tour De Coal and Smoke on the Water Chili cookoff look to be in great shape. The Coal River level is just fine at a steady 10 feet at the Tornado gauge.
By Father's Day high pressure shifts east, allowing winds to turn southwesterly and that opens the flood gates to humidity. Temperatures will get hotter too...eclipsing 90 degrees in the afternoon. With dewpoints in the 60s it will feel around 94-96 at times. Monday is even worse with dewpoints getting up near 70 (similar to today but our temps weren't nearly as high). Models suggest a heat index of 97 to 100 Monday which is getting up in the dangerous zone. With a ridge over us I think most are dry although some big storms may form north of I-70 and could scrape SE Ohio or northern WV either late Sunday or late Monday.
A better chance for storms arrives by midweek in time for West Virginia Day and we're hoping that front makes a clean sweep to our south and we get another shot of cooler air in time for next weekend. In the meantime, enjoy a fantastic Thursday and Friday and be ready for the hottest weather of 2018 by the end of the weekend and start of next week!