Daily Archives: April 9, 2013

Watching The Severe Weather Threat

Good Wednesday, everyone. In keeping with the theme of “extreme is the new normal”… record high temps may fall across parts of the state today. Don’t get too used to it as a big shot of chill moves in by Friday. Going from near record warmth to chilly air is never a good thing in the springtime and usually means severe weather is the buffer.

That severe weather threat will get going late today in the west and roll eastward across the bluegrass state on Thursday. This is all ahead of a powerful storm bringing a blizzard to parts of the plains states. An area of low pressure will move toward the northern Ohio Valley on Thursday and will drag a strong cold front through here. That means a line of strong and severe thunderstorms is a very real possibility.

The High Resolution NAM Simulated Radar shows the progress of the storms…

NAM 1Damaging winds appear to be the greatest threat.

Here’s what today’s severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center looks like…
Latest Day 1 convective outlook

That threat then moves into central and eastern Kentucky for Thursday…


Here’s all you need to track the storms working in from the west today…

Current Watches
Current Watches

Possible Watch Areas
Current MDs

Track the storms here…

I will have updates as needed and will send out quick thoughts via twitter: Kentuckyweather or follow along in the twitter feed on the right side of the blog. I will also have updates on my Chris Bailey WKYT Facebook page.

Have a great Wednesday and take care.

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Storms To Follow The Warmth

Good Tuesday, everyone. The warmest air of the season continues to surge into the state today as temps take a run toward May readings. This warm air will be with us until a powerhouse of a cold front sweeps in here on Thursday. That front will bring a little boom to our weather.

Highs today will flirt with 80 degrees in much of the state. Gusty southwesterly winds will continue to blow and that trend carries us into Wednesday. That could be another 80 degree day.

A strong storm system is slowly rolling across the plains states and will head into the northern Ohio Valley on Thursday. This will drag a cold front across Kentucky and provide us with the potential for strong or severe thunderstorms. The action may start in the west by Wednesday evening and work east from there.

Take a look at the setup from the European Model…

Euro

That usually leads to a squall line of storms that sweeps in here. Damaging winds will be the main threat from the boomers that get going.

Much colder air then filters in for Friday, when readings may not get much above 50 degrees. Upper 20s for lows will be possible Saturday morning with afternoon temps in the mid and high 50s with some sun.

A nice rebound in temps is likely by Sunday with 70 degrees possible.

It’s going to try to get VERY warm early next week…

Euro 2

That setup would lead to another severe weather outbreak from the plains eastward. Our active spring pattern is about to get hopping.

Have a great Tuesday and take care.

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