Bluefield Provides Free Lemonade at 90 Degrees: How Rare or Common Does It Happen?

Bluefield, WV (WOAY-TV): When the temperature strikes 90 degrees, Bluefield gives away free lemonade, but that criteria isn’t reached too often.

Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill has the story:

“And we’re hoping it hits it on Saturday for the (Lemonade) festival,” said Rick Showalter, Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Since Bluefield is called Mother Nature’s air conditioned City, Chief Meteorologist looked up the statistics to see if that is indeed the case.

The last day the high temperature hit 90 degrees was July 16-17, 2013, so a decade ago. Historically, the best chance for 90 degrees at the Mercer County Airport (the official weather-record keeping observation point nearest to Bluefield) is mid-July to mid-August, but even so, the frequency of occurrence is 2-4% on any day during that time frame.

The upcoming pattern leading into the Lemonade Festival shows highs will only hit the 80s in Bluefield and then trend even cooler into the 70s this weekend as a cold front pushes south through the state. There will be a few showers for the Lemonade Festival on Saturday, best chance in the afternoon, but duration of rain will only 20 minutes or so.


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