Monthly Archives: June 2018

Time posted: 1:14 am

Tropical Temps Before A Few Storms

Good Saturday, everyone. Heat and humidity continue to slowly take control of the weather, but our wet ground and lush vegetation is helping combat the heat. While the steamy temps will be the main weather driver for the weekend, storms will slowly begin to fire back up.

I mentioned the wet ground helping us fight the heat, but just how wet is the ground? The rainfall departures for the year are off the charts…

Many areas of the state are more than 12″ above normal, with some pockets of 20″ above normal. That’s absolutely nuts, but goes along with the pattern we have been forecast now for months.

Temps today range from the upper 80s to low 90s for much of the state, but a dry ground would have given us temps much hotter than that. In terms of the humidity levels, those numbers will be sky high, making it feel much hotter outside. Heat index values can top 100 in the west, with mid and upper 90s central and east.

Isolated storms may try to pop…

Sunday is another steamy day, but the numbers may come down just a smidge with an increase in the storm threat…

Additional showers and storms will then carry over into Monday…

Any storm that goes up will put down some torrential rains. Outside the storms… it’s steamy. This is a trend that rolls on through the rest of your 4th of July week…

Tropical downpours may cause some issues before the week is over. Outside of any storm action, highs continue to run in the upper 80s and low 90s.

Enjoy your Saturday and take care.

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Time posted: 1:38 am

Steamy Temps and Scattered Storms Ahead

Good Friday, everyone. Heat and humidity are taking center stage for the coming weekend and it’s a pattern that should stick around for most of your 4th of July week. A few thunderstorms will also join the mix, especially late this weekend into the first half of next week.

Temps today will range from the upper 80s to near 90 for central and eastern Kentucky, to the low 90s in the west. It will be interesting to see if clouds can keep the numbers down just a bit. There’s also the threat for isolated storms, with a greater threat for storms in the west. That’s an area devastated by a cluster of storms last evening.

Here are your radars to track anything that develops…

Humidity levels will be off the charts today, making it feel much hotter than the actual temperature.

Saturday may be the hottest day of the bunch with most areas getting into the low 90s. Heat index values should range from 95-100, with a few spots being a little hotter than that in the west and north. Isolated storms will be possible once again.

A plume of moisture works in here for Sunday, leading to better coverage for showers and storms…

That should knock the heat down some. Any storm that develops could pulse up and become severe and put down torrential rains.

A cold front drops closer to the region on Monday as some moisture continues to push in from the south. That should fire up some additional showers and storms…

As we roll into the4th of July holiday, we stay very steamy, but showers and storms will continue to develop…

The steamy and stormy trend will then continue through late next week into the following weekend…

Cloudbursts are likely with some of the storms over the next week. Shocked? Didn’t think so. 😉

I’ve been talking about how a cooler second half to summer is likely to show up, with some of the medium range models trying to get this started in week two of July…

That may be rushing things just a bit, but you get the idea.

Have a great Friday and take care.

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Time posted: 1:53 am

Time To Heat It Up Again

Good Thursday, everyone. Our super-soaker of a pattern is slowing down just a bit, as steamy temps take control. Now, that doesn’t mean we are going to completely get rid of the storms. Even in what should be a drier pattern, storms are going to fire up.

Scattered storms will be noted early today, especially in the south and west. By this afternoon and evening, western Kentucky may be in the line of fire for strong and severe storms diving in from the northwest. This is where we may see severe storms going up. Here’s the latest Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center…

Here are your radars to track the developing action…

Temps on Friday begin to heat up and that continues into the weekend. The models are likely overcooked with the temps, but it’s going to be hot and feel much hotter with the humidity factored in. The wet ground and lush vegetation will take some of the edge off the temps, but will add to the tropical feel.

A plume of moisture will be streaming in here from the Gulf of Mexico, giving us the threat for afternoon and evening storms this weekend…

That will also help to keep the numbers in check.

Additional showers and storms will filter in here early next week and take us through the 4th of July. This is also when a front approaches us from the northwest…

Make it a great day and take care.

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Time posted: 2:14 am

Flash Flood Threat Continues

Good Wednesday, everyone. An amazing amount of rain has fallen across the bluegrass state over the past several days, bringing significant flooding issues for some. These same storms have also been bringing wind damage for some areas. Guess what today has in store for us? Yep… more storms that can bring high winds and flooding rains.

The ground is waterlogged and cannot hold much more rain, so it won’t take very much at all to create additional high water issues. As mentioned, a few of the storms may be strong or severe with damaging wind the main player.

Track the day…

Thursday will bring the threat for northwest to southeast moving storms across the western half of the state. Some of these may be severe. After that, we see heat and humidity moving in, but the soaked ground and green, lush vegetation will temper the numbers. Throw in a plume of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and you get a daily threat for a few showers and storms this weekend. Then a weak front settles in leading up to the 4th of July…

This stormy summer shows little signs of letting up. Check out the new European Model rainfall anomalies through early August…

Yes, the wettest departure from normal is right on top of Kentucky. You were given fair warning there would be no shortage of summer thunderstorms and rain. 😉

With a developing El Nino, temps tend to skew cooler as the summer wears on. That shows up on the European Model through early August…

Make it a great day and take care.

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Time posted: 2:31 am

High Water Threat Continues

Good Tuesday, folks. If it’s a day that ends in Y, then it must be another day of showers and thunderstorms. These rounds of boomers have been VERY common this spring and early summer, and the pattern shows no signs of changing. With so much water falling recently, we are back on high water watch over the next few days.

Today’s storms come in waves, each bringing torrential rains to the region. We will need to be on guard for renewed flash flooding concerns in some areas. In addition to the high water threat, some of the storms may be strong or locally severe. Here’s the current Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center…

Those showers and storms will rumble into Wednesday, bringing another severe threat and flash flood threat. Here is your Wednesday Severe Weather Outlook from the SPC…

We may catch a small break in the action on Thursday as heat starts to bubble across the region. A super-soaked ground, along with lush vegetation, will temper the temperatures around here. Still, 90 degree numbers will show up by the weekend, especially west.

Something else to watch for… Wait for it… Wait for it… Thunderstorms! Shocker, I know. A moisture plume from the eastern Gulf of Mexico will be aimed at the region this weekend, with a cold front diving in as we close in on the 4th of July…

Let’s take ’em one stormy day at a time. I have you ready to track today’s rumbles…

Make it a good one and take care.

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