Tri-State feeling the heat

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Feeling like Bermuda out there? There's a reason.

The perennial Bermuda High that normally affects Tri-State weather this time of year finally made its presence known Tuesday, bringing one of the very few 90-plus degree temperature days this summer.

Alan Resek, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Charleston, W.Va., said normally, that Bermuda High sets up off the southeast coast of the United States earlier in the year and sucks warm, moist air from the coast into the Ohio Valley. But this year, the Bermuda High has been late and weak, so the Tri-State has had fewer days with very high temperatures.

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"There were four days in July when the temperature reached 90 in Huntington," Resek said. "Then yesterday at the Tri-State Airport, it hit 91 degrees. In Charleston, that hasn't happened yet. We have not hit 90 once this year, and this has never happened before. Normally we've had 18-20 days of 90-degree temperatures by now."

While some local thermometers showed higher temperatures, Resek doubted that the mercury really topped 100 degrees in Lawrence County yesterday.

Resek said a cold front is pushing out of the north, but it will barely reach our area later this week. Another cold front moving in from the west will work its way into the Tri-State, but will do little to stave off the Bermuda High. This combination will likely produce thunderstorms this weekend. Early next week, that Bermuda High will likely weaken, allowing cooler, drier weather to move into the area.

Today's forecast calls for essentially the same conditions as yesterday. Expect partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the lower 90s. This evening, there is a 30 percent chance of rain. Expect lows in the upper 60s.

Thursday's forecast includes a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with slightly lower temperatures. The mercury is expected to reach the upper 80s. That 20 percent chance of rain stays with us Thursday night, with lows in the upper 60s.

On Friday expect partly cloudy skies with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High temperatures will be in the mid 80s. Friday night that chance of rain continues with lows dipping into the upper 60s.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms continues throughout the weekend and into Labor Day. Saturday, daytime temperatures will hover near 80 but fall into the upper 70s by Sunday. Lows will dip into the low to mid 60s.