This map is of West Virginia, as many of you know. West Virginia is an awesome state, filled with incredible landscapes, places to hike and fish, and places to see. However, the past couple of days, West Virginia has seen some of the worst flooding in the state’s history.
— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) June 24, 2016
— NWSCharlestonWV (@NWSCharlestonWV) June 24, 2016
With northwesterly flow has come severe weather and thunderstorms for our region, but that has lead to almost continuous training of heavy rainfall across the state of West Virginia over the past few days. With an incredible amount of atmospheric moisture present, namely high precipitable water values, this has lead to flooding. PWAT values have been high across the Ohio Valley for several days this week, but Wednesday and Thursday they were reaching the 2″ threshold across much of the state of WV.
Heavy rainfall didn’t stop in some spots for hours, and thunderstorms just trained along boundaries laid by other storms. This ultimately set up a disastrous scene of flash flooding across the state, as 23 people are now confirmed dead.
— AMHQ (@AMHQ) June 24, 2016
— Nick Webb (@stormchas4) June 24, 2016
— April Kaull (@april_kaull) June 24, 2016
— USA TODAY Weather (@usatodayweather) June 24, 2016
It was an active week for severe weather.
There has honestly been organized severe weather everyday this week other than Monday.
We have had a very active pattern within northwesterly flow across the eastern US, and while Wednesday was arguably a bust (the event was very, very hyped up), the week has been active. We have seen crazy lightning across out region, very heavy rainfall and warm weather. Basically, every type of summer weather that can occurred has occurred by this point.
An eastern China city was struck by a tornado
A large city of 7 million was struck by a devastating tornado yesterday.
— #eustorm (@EUStormMap) June 23, 2016
This tornado produced high amounts of damage across the city, and the damage looks to be of the violent tornado. The storm was incredibly saddening, as nearly 100 have died due to it so far, and over 800 have been injured.
This weekend looks hot
We’ll be on the eastern edge of a ridge, but even being placed on that will keep us toasty. Highs are looking upwards and into the 90s. If you have any outdoor plans, be sure to stay hydrated, and place that sunscreen on! Also: be sure to check back in with WxOrNotBG tomorrow morning for a fresh weekend forecast!