Monthly Archives: April 2018

Time posted: 1:22 am

Kentucky Derby Week Weather

Good Monday, everyone. It’s the final day of April and it’s also the beginning of Kentucky Derby week. This is a magical time of year for the bluegrass state and the forecast always takes on added importance. With that in mind, let’s break down a very warm Derby week that will throw some storms our way before it’s over.

Our day begins on a frosty cold note and ends with temps making a run into the 70s. Skies will stay sunny. Tuesday will do it even better with highs around 80 as we hang on to the sunshine.

Wednesday and Thursday look to be very warm days. Highs should reach 80-85 degrees…

As this is happening, a big storm system is working slowly across the plains states, touching off severe weather. Our first small chance for a storm comes later Wednesday…

Most of the stormy weather looks to stay just to our north and west on Thursday, but it’s a close call…

Unfortunately, the best chance for storms arrives on Kentucky Oaks Day Friday…

As far as Kentucky Derby Day goes,  it’s all about just how fast that front blows through here. The GFS is trying to keep the front draped across Kentucky…

The European Model is also slowing this thing down some, keeping the shower and storm threat going in the south and east on Derby Day…

A shot of cooler than normal temps comes in behind this in about a week from now…

May does not look as cool against the averages as April was, but odds favor another below normal temperature month ahead of us.

Have a magnificent Monday and take care.

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Time posted: 1:23 am

A much warmer week ahead

Good Sunday, everyone. Frost is blanketing much of the bluegrass state to begin the day and we are likely to see another round by Monday morning. This chilly air mass is about to scoot away and be replaced by a blast of warm air for Kentucky Derby week. Rock on! 🙂

Highs this afternoon will struggle to get past 60 across parts of central and eastern Kentucky. The wall to wall sunshine will certainly make for an awesome looking day.

Another frost is on the way tonight and Monday morning, with another full blown Green Thumb ALERT! Middle 30s to start the day will turn into upper 60s and low 70s during the afternoon.

Temps take off on Tuesday and may approach 80 across much of the commonwealth. This sets off our warmest stretch since last September, with highs reaching the low 80s for Wednesday and Thursday. This is ahead of a potent plains storm system that will also throw storm chances our way.

The first chance arrives on Wednesday…

This happens as a big severe weather outbreak develops to our west across the plains states. Those storms will then roll our way by later Thursday…

Kentucky Oaks Day on Friday doesn’t have a good look at the moment. Showers and thunderstorms are a good bet along a cold front moving in…

Some strong to severe storms can’t be ruled out by later this week.

Current indications are for that front to slide through here by Kentucky Derby Day, bringing mainly dry and cooler weather. As with anything in life… Timing is the key. Any slowing down of the front would mean storm chances linger into the big day.

Once into the following week, look for our cooler than normal pattern to try and flex some May muscle.

Have a great Sunday and take care.

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Time posted: 8:06 pm

Saturday Evening Update

Good evening, gang. Frost is on the way to the state tonight, with temps heading toward the freezing mark or a little below. This is part of a very chilly air mass pushing in on this final weekend of April. The weather as we head into Kentucky Derby Week does a 180 and brings us a taste of early Summer temps.

Let’s begin with the cold out there tonight. Lows may drop below freezing in many areas…

Protect the tender plants and vegetation.

Full sunshine will be noted on Sunday, but it’s not going to work very hard to help our temps out. Highs may stay below 60 across parts of central and eastern Kentucky…

Another frost is likely Sunday night and Monday morning with temps back into the 30s…

That’s an appropriate final morning of a very cold April. This has been one of the coldest March-April combos you will ever find across Kentucky.

Monday afternoon starts the warm up with highs reaching 70-75 for many. 75-80 shows up on Tuesday, with highs hitting the 80s by Wednesday and Thursday. That’s on a strong southwest wind that will also make it feel a little humid around here.

The threat for thunderstorms appears to hold off until late Thursday, as much of the action stays in the plains during this time…

Our best chance for showers and strong storms looks to come on Kentucky Oaks Friday…

The models are trying to push that front through here by early on Derby Day, which would give us improving skies and cooler temps. Still, it’s going to be a close call.

Enjoy the rest of your day and take care.

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Time posted: 1:33 am

Green Thumb ALERT

Good Saturday, everybody. We’ve made it to the final weekend of a cold April, and the cold is still stealing the headlines. A Green Thumb ALERT is out for tonight and early Sunday for frost and a possible light freeze. Once this cold shot passes, we are skipping spring and going straight into early Summer temps for a few days. 🙂

A weak cold front is dropping into the region, bringing gusty winds and the smallest chance for a stray shower. Winds are very gusty, with temps ranging from the mid 50s to low 60s for highs, depending on where you are across the state.

The chilly winds calm down tonight, allowing frost to form across much of Kentucky. Temps may drop below freezing for a few hours, allowing for a light freeze…

Make sure to cover your tender plants and vegetation.

The rest of Sunday looks awesome with full sunshine. That sun won’t do a whole lot to boost temps, with highs in the upper 50s and low 60s for much of the region. That’s still more than 10 degrees colder than normal.

Monday morning may feature one more shot of patchy frost, then southwesterly winds begin to do their thing. Highs that afternoon reach the 70s, with 80 possible by Tuesday.

A strong southwesterly wind flow will then boost temps into the 80s for Wednesday and Thursday. You will notice an increase in humidity levels, leading to the possibility of scattered storms. The storm threat will then ramp up later in the week as a trough sweeps in from the west…

Strong to severe storms are possible as this system moves in. The timing on this is critical for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. Right now, there’s, at least, the chance for some storms. I will fine tune in the coming days.

Guess what may come in behind that for the second week of May? How about another shot of below normal temps…

Sigh.

I will have another update later today. Have a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 7:37 pm

Friday Evening Update

Good evening and welcome to the final weekend of April. We are ending the month with a good looking sky, but the temps could be better. The numbers drop over the next few days, with the potential for frost and a light freeze. From there, May looks to start with soaring temps and the increasing threat for thunderstorms.

Speaking of, isolated showers and storms may be noted this evening, but most stay dry…

This is with a cold front dropping in from the north, ushering in a late April chill to the air. Highs this weekend will be well below normal and may struggle to get to 60 in some areas…

There is a tiny chance for a shower on Saturday, especially in the east. Much of the weekend will feature a great looking sky.

A GREEN THUMB ALERT is out for Sunday morning as temps drop toward freezing or below…

Another kiss of frost is likely Sunday night with temps dropping into the middle 30s for many.

After this, temps take off. Highs on Monday reach the low 70s, with 80 degree highs possible by Tuesday. This strong southwest flow is really going to boost our temps. Don’t be surprised if we hit the middle 80s by Wednesday and Thursday. The models are trending in this direction…

Humidity levels will also increase, leading to the threat for showers and storms. Storm chances increase by the end of the week and into Kentucky Derby Weekend…

Some of the storms may be strong or severe.

Enjoy the rest of your evening and take care.

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