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4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1:

We are just over two hours away from kickoff for the exciting Backyard Brawl! After an 11-year hiatus, you can just feel the excitement here.


2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1:

Fans are getting pumped as kick-off is just a couple of hours away for the Backyard Brawl!


7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug 31:

We’re officially less than 24 hours away from kick-off at the Backyard Brawl! Bryan started his Haul to the Brawl last Wednesday. Fans are ready for the big game as well as tomorrow’s tailgates.


10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug 31:

With the Backyard Brawl just a day away, Bryan and crew are getting ready to tailgate!

Here’s a look at the forecast in Pittsburgh for Thursday’s game:


5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30:

Bryan is taking in the sights and flavors of Pittsburgh ahead of the Backyard Brawl! This evening, he stopped by Southern Tier Brewing for some smoked wings on Northshore Drive. The restaurant sits in a part of the city across the Allegheny River from the Point State Park that has been revitalized over the past few years.


9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30:

Bryan and the Katie H parked under the Fort Duquesne Bridge next to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.


10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29:

Bryan and crew are in the Millvale area of Pittsburgh, and they’ll be moving down to Acrisure Stadium this afternoon!


4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28:

Bryan and the Katie H have arrived in Pittsburgh, and the Goodyear blimp was there to greet them.

They even played the Pride of West Virginia as they made their way toward the city!


12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28:

Bryan has finally made it to Pennsylvania. Earlier this morning, he passed through the last stretch of West Virginia waters:

River Mile Marker 40.1 (Photo by 13 News Meteorologist Bryan Hughes)

Then, Bryan and the Katie H passed through Montgomery Locks and Dam:

Bryan’s current location is Rochester, Pennsylvania, where the Ohio River meets the Beaver River.

Beaver River at Rochester, PA (Photo by 13 News Meteorologist Bryan Hughes)

Track Bryan’s Journey on the map below:


5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27:

Bryan and crew have landed in East Liverpool, Ohio!


12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27:

Bryan and crew are leaving Wheeling, and they’ll be in Steubenville, Ohio shortly. Their destination today will be East Liverpool, Ohio at the very top of West Virginia.


7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26:

Bryan, Bosun and the Katie H are now in Wheeling, West Virginia for the night!

It’s been an eventful day for the crew, passing through the Sistersville Ferry, under the Moundsville Highway Bridge, and check out this time lapse video from the Willow Island Locks and Dam and the Hannibal Locks and Dam!

Bryan also says he passed the Lady Carmina Sternwheel boat just down river from Wheeling!


10:00 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26:

Bryan, Bosun and the Katie H have departed Marietta and are back on their way to Pittsburgh. They’re approaching Willow Island Locks and Dam now.

Your morning forecast is below:


5:35 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25:

Bryan and the Katie H have docked in Marietta, Ohio, for the night! Marietta was founded in 1788 by pioneers and was the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. The town was named for then-Queen of France Marie Antoinette.


2:52 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25:

Bryan and his first mate Bosun have arrived in Parkersburg!


11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25:

Bryan and the Katie H. are now passing through Bellville Lock and Dam.


9:01 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25:

Bryan is now passing through Ravenswood on his way to Pittsburgh for the Backyard Brawl next week. He’s heading up to the Belleville Locks and Dam followed by a trip up to the Hocking River where it meets the Ohio River.

Take a look at the video below for your forecast:


6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24:

Bryan passed by Pomeroy, Ohio on the Katie H this afternoon and has now made his way to Ravenswood, West Virginia! We’ll check in again to see where Bryan is in the morning on the Haul to the Brawl!


12:31 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24:

Bryan is now passing through Point Pleasant!

Photo: 13 News Meteorologist Bryan Hughes

Watch today’s forecast below!


9:27 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24:

Bryan and crew just departed Winfield Lock and Dam.


5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24:

Bryan Hughes has officially begun his Haul to the Brawl!


WOWK 13 News Meteorologist Bryan Hughes is taking his sternwheel boat, The Katie H. from Charleston to Pittsburgh just in time to tailgate for the Backyard Brawl.

Bryan will be at the helm for a five-day journey to Pittsburg, and we will track his trip right here on wowktv.com.

The Katie H was built in 1932 at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, by Eddie Erlbacher. Christened as the “Owassa” and later named CIS-5, she worked the Pittsburgh area rivers as a commercial tow boat for U. S. Steel, Clarion Works until 1960.

Vince Hammill, purchased the boat in 1962 and reconstructed her into a sternwheel boat and named it after his mother. Bryan Hughes is now the owner and captain of the Katie H and purchased her from Vinnie in 2019.

The Katie H is 82 feet long with a beam of 17 feet. The wheel is 15 x 10 feet and has a draft of 4.5 feet. She is powered by a General Motors 6-71 Detroit Diesel engine with 212hp. She has a full-size bath with tub, galley, and bar area along with a Texas cabin and is a full-time live aboard. Recent remodeling has also added water-making capabilities and wireless internet.

In 1984 the Katie H was in the movie “Mrs. Soffel” with Diane Keaton and in 1985 she appeared in “Silent Witness” with Valerie Bertinelli. The Katie H currently resides at mile marker 61 on the Kanawha River in Charleston, WV.

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