Greenbrier Valley Fog Season Underway; Any Link to Winter Snow?

Oak Hill, WV (WOAY-TV): If you were driving through the Greenbrier Valley this morning, the fog was thick as a brick through mid-morning.

It was a little bit difficult to see on some of those roadways, especially this road, I-64. Let’s take a look at fog climatology, because we are in the thick of the fog season here in the Greenbrier Valley.

The fog season extends from the middle of August through the end of September. How frequent has fog been? Well, actually, not too bad so far this summer. The closest match is July and there was a good bit of rain, but it dried out a little bit in August to only eight days with fog compared to an average of 21 days.

And so far in September, only five days while the average is 18.5. Now, as we go through time, you want to slow down to allow more reaction time to upcoming slowing cars and highway debris. Remember to use the low beams for improved visibility and leave early to get to your destination.

From fog to snow, what do the two have in common? Well, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, for every foggy day in August, that equals one snowstorm for the following winter. Well, the verification statistics from last year show we had a bunch of foggy days in August, but very few days of snow.

Turning our attention back to the snowiest winter on record in Lewisburg, the 2009-2010 winter, the number of foggy days didn’t measure up to the number of snowy days that winter. As we turn our attention to the upcoming winter, the exclusive StormWatch 4 Weather Team will have the outlook for December to March on Friday!

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