Monthly Archives: June 2012
Good Saturday everyone. What a Friday of wild weather across the bluegrass state. We had one of the hottest days on record and had storms pound parts of the area with damaging winds. I will say it until I’m blue in the face… extreme is the new normal. We should have another extreme weather day going out there today with triple digit temps and some storms cranking.
A derecho formed near Chicago early Friday and then took a southeasterly turn into the Ohio Valley. This bad boy grazed northern and eastern Kentucky with damaging winds of 70mph. This complex of storms also sent out a belch of wind into areas of the state that didn’t receive a drop of rain. Here’s a neat graphic showing the progress of the derecho…
Can we get in on another one today? The atmosphere may try to spin up something similar and that’s something we will need to watch for. Outside of any possible storms… temps will hit 100 degrees again in many areas. I have you all set to track the storms and heat…
More heat and additional storm threats will be with us Sunday into early next week. Scattered storms will try their very best to become more widespread in the coming days.
Have a great Saturday and take care.
Good Friday everyone and thanks for making KWC your home for all things Kentucky weather. Thursday’s temps were about as hot as it can get in Kentucky during the month of June. Readings from 100-107 blanketed the state and the oven door remains wide open today. The hot and dry air hangs tough, but MAY have to fight off a stray shower or thunderstorm.
High temps today should range from the upper 90s to mid 100s across the bluegrass state. That range is to account for the possibility of a few clouds or a shower or thunderstorm blowing up. Record highs will again be in jeopardy today and you can track it all here on the blog…
Keep an eye on Indiana and Ohio for the possibility of a few storms trying to fire and dive in here.
A similar forecast plays out for Saturday with triple digits and a boomer possible. We should begin to see a bit of an increase in juice by late this weekend into much of next week. The GFS likes a few storms for later Sunday…
The model then shows a similar setup as we get closer to the 4th of July…
Do a little rain dance!!!
Have a great Friday and take care.
Good Thursday everyone and welcome to a massive late June heat wave across the bluegrass state. Temperatures over the next few days will be among the warmest readings ever recorded in the month of June in parts of Kentucky. Triple digit heat begins today and will likely show up somewhere across the state each day through the upcoming weekend.
There isn’t a whole lot more for me to add to all this so here’s a brief breakdown…
- Temps today will hit 100-105 in the west and will range from the mid 90s to around 100 for much of the central and east.
- Similar readings will be noted for Friday and Saturday with some areas adding a degree or two from today’s highs.
- The all time June record temp for Kentucky is 110 degrees. That is in jeopardy. 114 is the hottest temp ever recorded in the state.
- The silver lining with this heat wave will be the fairly low humidity levels. This heat will basically be like what you feel when you open up an oven door.
- We will be watching for scattered storms firing up just to our north Friday and Saturday. Some of these MAY drop a little farther southward into Kentucky at some point. If that happens… it will have an impact on local temps.
- The hot weather looks to last through much of your 4th of July week. Some of the models do try to bring a better chance of scattered boomers in here next week. #fingerscrossed
Today’s heat trackers…
Here’s what you need to know about the heat…
Stay cool and have a great Thursday. Take care.
Good Wednesday everyone. Our heat wave is just about ready to kick into high gear over the next couple of days as our temps near the danger category. Can we set some record highs? What about the prospects for some MUCH needed showers and thunderstorms? Let the headlines do all the talking.
- Did you know Lexington tied a record low Tuesday morning? 52 degrees matched the record from 1958. Now you know.
- Highs today will hit the upper 80s in the east and low 90s west under mostly sunny skies.
- Thursday sees the blistering heat begin to blast the bluegrass. Temps soar toward 100 degrees across the western half of the state with mid 90s in the east.
- Friday’s temps may become ridiculously hot. Temps well above 100 will be possible in the west and near 100 across the east. Saturday could see similar numbers.
- Showers and thunderstorms may tease us late week into the weekend. Clusters of boomers will likely fire up JUST to our north and these will have to be watched as this action could sink a little farther southward. Look at the GFS sticking its tongue out at us…
- While it would be nice to get some rain from those storms, it would also be nice to get some clouds from them. That could knock a few degrees off our temps.
- High temps will continue to run on the hot side of things into much of next week. The GFS is suggesting those clusters of storms to our north sag a little farther to the south during this time…
- This is kind of like the model teasing us with snow this past winter. I will believe it when I see it.
Have a great Wednesday and take care.
Good Tuesday everyone. We are enjoying a very pleasant weather day across the bluegrass state as a push of September air blows it. This nice stuff isn’t going to last very long as a massive heat wave blankets much of the state by the end of the week. That will put Kentucky squarely in the mix for 100 degree temps and record setting heat. Ugh
Today is a nice one with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s across the central and east. The west and far south will be a little warmer. Everyone gets in on a big blue sky with plenty of sunshine.
Wednesday will see temps into the low 90s across the west with upper 80s to near 90 for everyone else. The heat wave will kick into high gear on Thursday and carry us through the upcoming weekend. The heat ridge on the European Model looks NASTY…
What does all that mean? How about highs topping out around 100 degrees or better on more than one day across much of the state. WOW. This may be the hottest blast of June air since 1988 and this has an outside shot at breaking all time monthly high temps for a few spots.
Can we get a drop of rain? There is a very small threat for a shower or storm over the weekend. Do your best rain dance and let me know how that works for you.
Please enjoy the weather we have today because it’s about to get ugly in a hurry. Have a great Tuesday and take care.
Good Monday everyone and thanks for dropping by KWC. We have a much advertised break from the heat early this week and you had better enjoy it. A massive heat wave across the plains states will roll into Kentucky by the end of the week and may bring record high temps to many areas. Ouch!
The scorching high temps over the weekend were aided by a parched ground and this has me concerned with the temps for late this week. We already know western Kentucky is well into a severe drought, but I am now putting the rest of the state on notice for drought conditions to develop over the next few weeks. A brown lawn does not constitute a drought and, as you know, I am not one to throw that word around very often. This looks more like a short term and agricultural deal for the central and east as the water table is in pretty good shape right now.
A cold front is dropping into the state today and may be able to fire off a scattered shower or thunderstorm. Temps today will be much cooler across the north as the west and south flirt with 90 before the front blows through. That sets us up for a gorgeous Tuesday with cooler temps. The GFS numbers for the next few days…
The comfy and pleasant air simply will not have staying power as it has two major forces working against it. Tropical Storm Debby down in the Gulf of Mexico won’t allow for this trough to dig very far south and a heat ridge in the plains bullies it from the west.
That heat ridge then balloons eastward into the Ohio Valley for the end of the week and weekend and may bring record high temps with it. The forecast numbers from the GFS look nasty…
That looks nasty and the heat is arriving just in time for the big NASCAR weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
A lot of what plays out by the end of the week will be dictated by exactly what happens with Tropical Storm Debby. This now looks like a Florida storm. Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center…
This system isn’t being handled very well by many of the medium range forecast models. Several take this storm across Florida in a day or so and then back out into the Atlantic well off the east coast. The European Model does keep this as a big rainmaker across the deep south for several days…
You can see how the model also splits our heat wave by Sunday. Can Debby bring us some much needed rain? It’s, at least, a possibility as of now. It’s not likely by any means, but the longer it can hang around across the south, the better the chance we can tap some of its juice.
Have a great Monday and take care.
Good Sunday everyone. This is a short and to the point update as we round out the weekend. Let’s break it down in headline style.
-Today is a hot one. Temps will warm into the lower 90s under mostly sunny skies.
-The dry ground is obviously having an impact on our temps. Low humidity levels mean our temps are skewing warmer for afternoon highs. Think of a desert climate.
-A cold front works in on Monday with scattered showers and storms. These look few and far between.
-Cooler air moves in behind the cold front into early next week.
-Things will heat up by the end of the week as temps go toward the low 90s again.
-We need rain!!!! As I mentioned, the parched ground is now impacting the overall temps. That’s one surefire way to know things are borderline getting out of control.
Tropical Storm Debby is in the Gulf of Mexico and looks to head toward Texas. It doesn’t appear the SE will get any moisture from the storm.
Have a great Sunday and take care.
Good Saturday everybody. We have a gorgeous day taking shape across the bluegrass state as sunny skies, low humidity levels and warm temps combine to give us a winner. A surge of heat builds in for Sunday before a cold front works across the state Monday allowing for some September like air to take up residence across much of the eastern half of the country.
Highs today will hit the middle 80s for most of central and eastern Kentucky. The west will be warmer, but everyone will have fairly comfy air in place. Sunny skies will dominate the day.
Hot air blows into town on a gusty southwesterly wind on Sunday. Readings may hit the low 90s across many areas. This heat surge is ahead of a cold front that sweeps in from the northwest on Monday. This front should crank out some scattered showers and storms. Temps on Monday should be much cooler with upper 70s in the north and 80s in the south.
The cool air really kicks in by Tuesday with readings likely staying in the 70s for highs for many areas. Lows will drop toward 50 for a couple of mornings.
It’s crazy to see a back and forth temperature pattern like this not produce much in the way of showers and thunderstorms around here.
We will also be watching the Gulf of Mexico and what is likely to become Debby. That will likely have a decent influence on the overall pattern at some point over the next week. Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center…
I’m having a baseball weekend with the guys in Cincy. That means the Saturday night post is in jeopardy.
Have a great Saturday and take care.
Good Friday and welcome to the end of the week. We are rolling into the weekend on a cooler note as a cold front blows across the state today. This front will knock our temps down to near normal readings for a few days and may also deliver a shot of showers and storms for some. A taste of September is looming for early next week and the tropics are looking a bit like September, as well.
Highs today will reach the low and middle 80s across much of central and eastern Kentucky with the west being warmer. The front will also fire up scattered showers and storms and it appears that the east will have the best chance of getting in on the action. Your regional radar will help you with today’s tracking…
Saturday looks like a gorgeous day across the state. Highs will be back into the low and mid 80s for central and eastern Ky with slightly warmer weather out west. Sunny skies will dominate.
Sunday will flirt with becoming hot as temps hit the upper 80s and low 90s for many. Winds should gust up ahead of our next front that swings in by Monday. That front will have the usual scattered showers and storms with it. The big news is what’s coming in behind it. Below normal temps and low humidity levels will give us several awesome weather days. A few of those days should stay in the 70s for highs and our lows will threaten to dip into the upper 40s. Wow! I can handle that.
September is usually a busy month in the tropics, so it stands to reason this September pattern has the tropics alive and well. Hurricane Chris formed in the north Atlantic Wednesday night and that’s something you seldom see in June. That bad boy was awfully far north, but with a name like Chris, it had to be a little quirky.
The Gulf of Mexico is the prime spot for our next system to crank up. Debby should be born over the weekend and may grow into a hurricane and threaten the gulf states next week. Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center…
Have a great Friday and take care.
Good Thursday everyone and happy first full day of summer. Temps over the past few days have been running on the toasty side with 90 or better across much of the state. We have one more really hot day today before we change things up with a cold front. This is the first of two fronts to impact our region in a big way over the next 5 days.
Highs today will be close to 90 degrees yet again. We will see more juice in the air and that will lead to a better threat for some isolated storms going up at any point today. Your regional radar will find whatever is out there…
Our front sweeps in here tonight and Friday and will cause an increase in showers and storms. Locally heavy rains will be likely with some of the storms. Highs for Friday will come way down with low and mid 80s for many.
Saturday looks like a pretty good weather day across the state with lower humidity levels and temps running in the 80s. The GFS shows the 90s being pushed way south for Saturday…
We will warm it up on Sunday and may flirt with 90. Winds should crank up as well ahead of a strong cold front that arrives on Monday. This bad boy will usher in a refreshing air mass that will send our temps below normal. The setup on the GFS shows an anomalous dip in the jet stream across the eastern part of the country…
That’s not a map you see very often in the summer months. The heat heads well to our west with cool, Canadian air working southward into our region. Something tropical may also get cranking down in the Gulf of Mexico. That sounds a lot like September and the GFS Ensembles continue say it may feel like it…
It will be interesting to see how low we can go with the temps during this time. That’s assuming the models are correct and whatever is in the gulf doesn’t bully the pattern around.
Have a fantastic Thursday and take care.