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Strange weather for August

By Hayley M. Cook

August 20, 2014

By Hayley M. Cook


hcook@civitasmedia.com


WILLIAMSON – The Southern West Virginia area is trying to recover from a flash flood watch and downpour of heavy rain from earlier this week, but it appears that there is more bad weather in store for the region.


Today through Saturday there is a persistent chance of storms and more precipitation, making for some strange weather for the month of August.


The rainfall began Monday morning and quickly led to a flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service, which encouraged people to stay inside and off the roads.


Today showers and thunderstorms are likely with highs in the mid-80s, west winds at around 5 mph and a 70 percent chance of rain. On Friday the chance of rain will be at 50 percent, while Saturday it will decrease to 30 percent.


According to weatherbase.com, the Williamson area in August is one of the months least likely to experience precipitation throughout the year. On average, eight days in August will have precipitation, less than every month except September.


Jackson, Kentucky, meterologist Ed Ray told the Daily News there is no reason to be alarmed over the strange weather, although it isn’t normal for the summer months.


“It’s really just the pattern we’re finding ourselves in right now,” Ray said. “We’re seeing a pattern where it is wetter than normal. We had front boundaries come through, which kept the weather cooler than average. Coming up, however, will be a different pattern where it will be warmer.”


A front is a narrow transition zone between air masses with differing densities. The two main air characteristics that distinguish one air mass from the next are temperature and moisture content or humidity. When two different air masses approach each other, the zone where the air masses meet is called a front or frontal boundary. Clouds and precipitation form along these frontal boundaries.


Ray stressed that the current weather pattern is nothing more just a strange weather coincidence.


“This is nothing weird or spectacular, just out of norm for us,” he said. “Again, this is just the pattern we’re in right now, which creates a wetter and cooler time than usual for the region.”


Ray said the weather will begin improving soon and Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky should be getting a break from the August showers.