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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 33 IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN WEST VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 32 COUNTIES


CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA

BRAXTON CALHOUN CLAY GILMER JACKSON NICHOLAS ROANE WEBSTER


NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

BARBOUR DODDRIDGE HARRISON LEWIS PLEASANTS RITCHIE TAYLOR TYLER UPSHUR WIRT WOOD


SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

BOONE FAYETTE KANAWHA LINCOLN LOGAN MCDOWELL MINGO PUTNAM RALEIGH WYOMING


WESTERN WEST VIRGINIA

CABELL MASON WAYNE


THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF… ALUM CREEK… AMHERSTDALE-ROBINETTE… BECKLEY… BELINGTON… BELMONT… BRIDGEPORT... BUCKHANNON... BURNSVILLE... CEREDO… CHAPMANVILLE… CHARLESTON… CHATTAROY… CLARKSBURG... CLAY... CLINTWOOD… COWEN… CRAIGSVILLE... ELIZABETH... FAYETTEVILLE… FLATWOODS... GARY… GASSAWAY... GILBERT CREEK… GLENVILLE... GRAFTON… GRANTSVILLE... GRUNDY… HAMLIN… HARRISVILLE... HARTS… HOLDEN… HUNTINGTON… HURRICANE… KENOVA… LOGAN… LOUISA… MADISON… MALLORY… MAN… MIDDLEBOURNE... MONTGOMERY… MULLENS… NEW HAVEN… OAK HILL… OCEANA… PADEN CITY... PARKERSBURG... PENNSBORO... PHILIPPI... PINEVILLE… POINT PLEASANT… RAVENSWOOD… RICHWOOD... RIPLEY… SISTERSVILLE… SOUTH CHARLESTON… SPENCER... ST. MARYS... SUMMERSVILLE... SUTTON... SWITZER… TEAYS VALLEY… VANSANT… VIENNA... WAR… WAYNE… WELCH… WEST HAMLIN… WEST UNION... WESTON AND WILLIAMSON.

30 Counties Under Flood Watch for Good Friday

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CHARLESTON, WV — The National Weather Service says “multiple rounds of rain” could cause flooding conditions in several West Virginia counties Friday.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch Thursday for Barbour, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Nicholas, Pleasants, Putnam, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wood, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Tucker counties.

The watch begins at 11:00 PM Thursday and stretches into late Friday night.

Weather forecasters said the storms could produce close to two inches of rain.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV MARCH 31 2015

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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

BUCHANAN-WAYNE-CABELL-MASON-JACKSON WV-WOOD-PLEASANTS-TYLER-LINCOLN-PUTNAM-KANAWHA-ROANE-WIRT-CALHOUN-RITCHIE-DODDRIDGE-MINGO-LOGAN-BOONE-CLAY-BRAXTON-GILMER-LEWIS-MCDOWELL-WYOMING-RALEIGH-FAYETTE-NICHOLAS.


...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AND GUSTY WINDS FOR NORTHEAST KENTUCKY…SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA…AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AND GUSTY WINDS…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 003 DICKENSON…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 004 BUCHANAN…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 005 WAYNE…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 006 CABELL…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 007 MASON…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 008 JACKSON WV…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 009 WOOD…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 010 PLEASANTS…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 011 TYLER…  FIRE WEATHER ZONE 013 LINCOLN…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 014 PUTNAM…  FIRE WEATHER ZONE 015 KANAWHA…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 016 ROANE…  FIRE WEATHER ZONE 017 WIRT…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 018 CALHOUN…  FIRE WEATHER ZONE 019 RITCHIE…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 020 DODDRIDGE…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 024 MINGO…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 025 LOGAN…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 026 BOONE…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 027 CLAY…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 028 BRAXTON…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 029 GILMER…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 030 LEWIS…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 033 MCDOWELL…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 034 WYOMING…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 035 RALEIGH…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 036 FAYETTE…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 037 NICHOLAS…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 101 GREENUP…  FIRE WEATHER ZONE 102 CARTER…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 103 BOYD AND FIRE WEATHER ZONE 105 LAWRENCE KY.

* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* TIMING…THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS THE UPPER TEENS TO LOWER 20 PERCENT.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE MID 60S TO LOWER 70S.

* IMPACTS…THE THREAT IS ENHANCED IN GRASSY AND BRUSH FILLED
  AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CREATE EXTREME FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

Unseasonable Cold Sets Records in 4 West Virginia Cities

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CHARLESTON, WV - Unseasonable cold weather has set records in four West Virginia cities.

The National Weather Service says temperatures in Bluefield and Morgantown on Sunday morning were the lowest in more than 40 years.

The temperature in Bluefield fell to 18 degrees. The old record was 19 degrees in 1966.

Morgantown’s low temperature was 14 degree. That broke the old record of 20 degrees in 1966.

In Lewisburg, the temperature fell to 16 degrees. The old record was 18 degrees in 1982.

Wheeling also set a record with a low of 16 degrees. The old record was 24 degrees in 2008.

The weather service says temperatures were expected to remain 10 degrees to 25 degrees below seasonable levels on Sunday from the lower Mississippi Valley into the Ohio River Valley.

Antarctica Hits Highest Temp Recorded—63 F

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Antarctica may have experienced its warmest day ever recorded on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 with the temperature reading of 63.5°F, reports The Weather Underground.

Tuesday’s record high temperature follows another high reading of 63.3°F set just the day before.

Until this heat wave, the highest-known recorded temperature on the continent was 62.6°F back in 1976.

The Antarctic Peninsula where the readings were made “is one of the fastest warming spots on Earth,“ reports The Weather Undergound.

The website cites studies from 2012 that show the world is warming at a quickening pace.

Five nations and territories have tied or hit all-time high temperature records so far this year.

Corps: Sutton Dam Storm Releases May Be Higher Than the Past

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HUNTINGTON, WV - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says water releases from Sutton Dam after extreme storms could raise the Elk River to levels higher than residents have seen in the past.

The corps says flood-waters held back by the dam will be released as quickly as possible after downstream flows drop below control levels.

This is to prepare for any future precipitation.

Residents are advised to stay alert to any possible change in river levels.

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