First Warning Forecast | Enjoy The Sunshine

After The Morning Fog Each Day.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Sep. 17, 2023 at 6:33 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2023 at 9:00 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The “Fog Season” cycle continues. As the night sky expands at its quickest rate (adding almost 2.5 minutes per day), the air has little difficulty cooling after sunset and holds onto the chill a little longer after sunrise. Meanwhile, the river water is also cooling, but does so at a much slower rate (water temperatures are currently around 70° right now). This contrast is an easy recipe for fog in the valley hollows, but when that Sun finally makes it higher in the sky things turn out quite nice on the day. Today will end up in the mid-70s after starting off in the 40s and 50s, a perfect way to kick off the Jackson Apple Festival. We’ll all enjoy the sunshine through the rest of the afternoon, then in the ensuing nighttime we’ll end up back in those same 50s and upper 40s, ready to generate another smattering of fog by dawn tomorrow.

High pressure continues to flex its muscle overhead, keeping us in that afternoon sunshine, though now bumping us up a couple degrees each day we stay in the sun and each day that the ground soil dries back. Though the mornings will still end up around those lower 50s, the afternoon will now cross 80°, even reaching the mid-80s Thursday and Friday. The first day of autumn officially starts Saturday, and we’ll also be up around 80° then. A semi-tropical system approaches the Carolinas Saturday afternoon, and our best shot at showers all week nears Sunday. This is by no-means a done deal yet, and our eastern counties look more likely than our western ones, but considering how last week went, the plants and foliage are certainly going to want more rainwater by then.