Daily Archives: April 24, 2018

Time posted: 7:32 pm

Tuesday Evening Update

Good evening, gang. To say the past few days have been soggy would be a huge understatement, and the rains continue to fall. Many areas have picked up, at least, a few inches of rain since Sunday, and we will continue to add to that this evening.

Better weather does blow into town for the next few days, with a big warm surge sweeping in late this weekend into Kentucky Derby week.

Before we get to all that, let’s track some more shower action…

We will continue to fight some clouds and isolated showers on Wednesday, likely keeping temps from getting to 60 in some areas.

The promising look for Thursday is much less promising now, with another wave of low pressure skirting across the Tennessee Valley. That may throw some rain back into parts of the region, keeping temps solidly below normal. This would be ahead of another shower and thunderstorm maker showing up on Friday, as we get our quick-hitting dip in the jet stream…

Winds will be a little cool this weekend, but skies will slowly clear, leading to some better conditions.

Much warmer air then moves in for next week as a big ridge of high pressure takes control of our weather. Temps should make a run at the 80s…

Thunderstorms will then crash the party late in the week and those may impact Kentucky Derby weekend.

Enjoy the rest of your evening and take care.

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Time posted: 1:44 am

A Much Warmer Setup Ahead

Good Tuesday, everybody. Heavy rain continues to target our region today, but I’m looking ahead toward a warmer overall look. That’s a long overdue look and it should be arriving just in time to kick off the month of May and Kentucky Derby week.

Let’s get things started with the heavy rains falling our there today. Our slow-moving area of low pressure continues to spin across Kentucky. Ahead of this, a comma looking band of showers and thunderstorms may be putting down enough water to cause some issues…

The rains will slowly end on Wednesday, as temperatures stay cooler than normal. Some late day sun will boost temps into the 60s for several areas.

Thursday looks awesome with highs ranging from 65-70 degrees with mostly sunny skies.

The upper level system diving in here on Friday continues to look more progressive and less impressive…

Notice how that no longer closes off, but zips in and out without a lot of fanfare.  A few gusty showers will be noted, with just a few hours of chill coming Friday night and Saturday morning.

Watch how quickly a big ridge takes over by Sunday…

That should bring the 70s in here VERY quickly, with nice weather settling in. This is out longest and strongest stretch of true spring weather, so far. That ridge really pops into Kentucky Derby Week…

As I’ve mentioned for a few days, 80+ degree temps are likely to show up under that type of ridge. You can also see a deep western trough on the above map. In between the two, some big thunderstorms may roam. Watch how that pushes farther east by Derby weekend…

That setup can bring severe weather from the plains into the Ohio Valley at some point next week. This has been a very, very odd severe weather season across the country. Even as cold as it has been in Kentucky, we have still had 22 tornadoes already, which is way above normal for this time period. That’s 22 more tornadoes than Oklahoma and Kansas COMBINED. That’s right, the heart of tornado alley has not had a single tornado and the month of April is a week from wrapping up. That’s insane.

Kentucky’s 22 tornadoes are second only to Alabama’s 30.

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

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