Time posted: 1:45 am

Eclipse Day Weather Tracker

Good Monday, everyone. The big day is here and I have the blog all set for your solar eclipse tracking needs. I have various satellite shots, radars and live web cams for you to track this historic day.

In addition to the tracking toys on the blog, WKYT-TV will be live during the eclipse. We have folks all over the state and we have a ton of different cameras to give you a great view of how this eclipse is unfolding at different locations.

Some clouds are going to try to join our eclipse watching at times, and a I can’t rule out a stray shower or thunderstorm popping up today.

The satellite images should look pretty awesome as you track the shadow of the moon across the country. Enjoy…

GOES Eastern U.S. Visible Image

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

I-75 @ Winchester Road
Lexington
I-75 @ Winchester Road

US 60 @ US 127 Frankfort

US60 @ US127

US 60 @ US 460
Frankfort
US60 @ US460

Mountain Parkway near Slade

I-71/I-75 at I-275
Near Covington
I-71/I-75 @ I-275

I-275 approaching KY 20/Airport
Near Covington
I-275 East of KY 20/Airport Exit

I-65 MP 32

Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway
Louisville
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway

I-64 @ I-264
Louisville
I-64 @ I-264

I-75 at MP 36
Corbin
I-75 @ MP 36

I-65 @ 234
Near Bowling Green
I-65 @ 234

Natcher Parkway MP 5
Near Bowling Green
Natcher Parkway @ MP 5

US 41A Gate 5 Fort Campbell Entrance
Fort Campbell
US 41A @ Gate 5

I-24  MP 4 @ US 60
Paducah
I-24 @ US 60 MP 4

 

Looking ahead to tomorrow, there’s the threat for strong to severe storms working across the region as a cold front moves in. The Storm Prediction Center has our region in the risk area…

A gorgeous brand of air follows that up for the rest of the week.

Happy eclipse day and take care.

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Time posted: 1:05 pm

Eclipse Day Weather Update

Good Sunday afternoon, gang. It’s all eyes on a once in a lifetime event for the state of Kentucky. A total solar eclipse takes place on Monday, and everyone will be looking toward the sky, hoping for clear conditions. Does mother nature have something else in mind?

I’m watching a setup that will likely throw some clouds across the state and may even pop isolated showers and storms. Tomorrow’s event, like everything else dealing with weather, is all about time and location. While this doesn’t look like a full blown overcast day, some of us will have to fight clouds to see the eclipse.

The GFS has a complex of showers and storms to our west and northwest, with clouds blowing off into Kentucky…

The Hi Res NAM also has us fighting the clouds, but isn’t as expansive as he GFS…

We get scattered clouds to go up about every afternoon here in Kentucky. That’s especially the case in the summer months. Throw in a wet ground and temps flirting with 90, and those clouds may be just a little more expansive at times.

While I do not expect total cloud cover tomorrow, I do expect some areas to fight scattered clouds during the eclipse. Don’t be surprised to see radar spitting out isolated showers and storms, either.

I will be on WKYT-TV tonight at 6 and 11 with the latest forecast for the big day. My next update will also have things set for all your weather/eclipse tracking needs.

Enjoy the rest of your day and take care.

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Time posted: 1:07 am

A Blast Of Fall Temps Ahead

Good Sunday, folks. We have a very exciting week ahead of us with a once in a lifetime eclipse, the threat for strong thunderstorms, and a big blast of fall air to follow. So settle in and buckle up for the ride ahead of us. 🙂

Let’s start with Eclipse Day. Odds continue to favor a fair to good view of the solar eclipse across Kentucky. Still, I’m concerned about some clouds getting in the way at times, and I can’t rule out a popcorn shower or storm. Here is the Hi Res NAM…

 

 

A major dip in the jet stream then takes place Tuesday into Wednesday, sending a potent cold front into the state. Strong storms are possible during this time as the front slams in from the northwest…

Temps on Wednesday are in the upper 70s for highs as we head into a very cool period. Highs may stay in the 70s for several days in a row. Check out the GFS Ensembles average temperature anomaly in Celsius for a 5 day span…

The tropics are likely to have a say in the overall pattern beyond that time frame, but the pattern continues to be skewed cooler than normal. The CFS continues to lead the way. Check out the 5 day average around Labor Day weekend…

Here’s another 5 day average toward the middle of September…

Make it a great day and take care.

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Time posted: 1:09 am

Big Changes On The Way

Good Saturday, everyone. We have another front touching off scattered showers and storms out there today, but the focus of the forecast is on big changes coming next week. We are going back into the fall-like pattern we had for the first half of August. Can this one just go ahead and lead into an early fall? Maybe.

Highs today are in the 80s with scattered showers and storms going up. Here are your radars to track the action…

I can’t rule out an isolated shower or storm on Sunday with temps deep into the 80s.

Solar eclipse day continues to look very steamy with the chance for a few clouds getting into the region. Here’s the latest cloud forecast from the GFS…

The NAM…

The most fascinating thing to me about all this is the drop in temps as the eclipse is occurring. Temps may tumble by more than 10 degrees as we lose the sun for a while.

Beyond the eclipse comes a big change for the middle and end of next week. A strong cold front drops in from the northwest with an increase in showers and storms Tuesday into Wednesday…

Temperatures come way down behind this front for the second half of next week into next weekend. We may string together another extended run of highs in the 70s…

Can this just go ahead and lead us into a full-blown early start to fall? The CFS has been showing that for some time now, and the GFS Ensembles are showing the below normal going through early September…

By the way, the CFS keeps showing some significant cool periods for September…

Have a great day and take care.

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Time posted: 1:25 am

Watching The Weekend and Eclipse Day

Good Friday to one and all. We have a cold front pressing across the state today, bringing a more comfortable brand of air into the region. This should make for a decent weather weekend for many. Monday is our big solar eclipse day and I’m watching some clouds trying to crash the party.

Showers and storms early today will move away, leaving us with afternoon sunshine…

Lower humidity levels work in this afternoon and evening, making for an AWESOME start to the high school football season. Temps will generally be in the 70s with a nice breeze blowing from the northwest.

Our Saturday storm chance is rather small and comes at the end of the day. The best threat is across northern parts of the state.

The forecast for Eclipse Day Monday continues to be for a mix of sun and clouds, with a very small storm chance. Here’s the latest cloud forecast from the GFS…

Showers and storms increase by Tuesday and Wednesday as we see a deep trough engulfing the eastern half of the country. This brings is much cooler than normal temperatures for the second half of next week into the following weekend…

The long range European Ensembles from WeatherBell show our wetter than normal summer working overtime into September…

It’s also interesting to see that same model showing some good snows in the Rockies and early season flakes flying across much of Canada…

Have a great Friday and take care.

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