Full Moon Alert; Storm Threat Increases

WOAY-TV (Oak Hill, WV): The full moon will be bright in the night sky following a warm day and late weekend storms are on the way.

Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill had the latest on the Lake Country 95.7 FM morning show today:

FULL MOON: The June full moon, the Strawberry Moon, will rise over southern West Virginia shortly after 9 p.m. tonight and set at 6 a.m. Saturday! We are expecting clear skies except for western Pocahontas and Greenbrier County and the higher ridges in eastern Fayette and Raleigh County through 11 p.m. where clouds will linger from a late day storm. The moon will still be more than 90-percent full Saturday night when it will rise shortly after 10 p.m.

HEAT AND STORMS: Temperatures will reach near 90 degrees both today and Saturday with similar heat indices. A random storm will pop up today and Saturday between 1-7 p.m. in the higher ridges of eastern Fayette and Raleigh and western Pocahontas and Greenbrier County and collapse on themselves shortly after.

A frontal system promises to bring most folks a round of showers and storms Sunday evening. One or two will contain gusty winds, but widespread severe weather is not expected.

Wednesday evening is the next threat for gusty storms, perhaps more widespread. A final round of showers is likely Thursday. The rain is needed and the midweek system will offer the best chance at more than 0.50″ of rain. Nonetheless, neither the Sunday or Wednesday system promise to linger long enough to bring upside risk to more rainfall.

Our viewers Ernest and Louise sent us these beautiful photos of Thursday’s evening sky! Thanks so much!

The evening sky in Fayetteville compliments of Louise!

The evening sky Thursday from Ernest!
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