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A slow July, Bridge Day possibility
Aside from the severe storm/flash flood event back on the 9th and a couple of mild lightning opportunities, this July has been one of the quietest in recent years. Pretty surprising considering the near-daily storms we saw in June. It's strange that the weather seemed to be watching the calendar, shutting off once we hit July. I've only been out observing four or five times this month, which is probably a career low for this time of year. We've got one more chance tonight, but I'm seeing a storm complex in Kentucky already turning southward, looking to miss us altogether. Cloud cover is widespread over the state now, which will limit instability for the frontal passage later tonight.
August is normally the 'winding down' period for West Virginia's summer thunderstorm season, with most of the activity centered over the Great Lakes and northern Ohio/PA where the upper jet tends to sit this time of year. Down here, August usually see us under high pressure, with hot, muggy and dry weather for the bulk of the month. In August, storm complexes will often develop in northern Ohio where the upper support is, then slowly sink southward away from the upper energy, losing steam and dissipating by the time they reach the Parkersburg/Clarksburg areas. In the past, getting lightning in August has usually meant a 1 or 2 hour drive north on I-77. I don't think I'm going to be up to any trips like that for the time being. Nonetheless, I expect to see at least one good expedition day in and around Charleston before September rolls around.
In other news, I'm giving some serious thought to doing Bridge Day again this year. I still have quite a few matted prints I'd like to get rid of, and since the bridge/lightning shot sold so well the last time, I may get another batch of those done.
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