Tracking Storms and The Tropics

Good Monday, folks, We are kicking off a warmer than normal week across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Humidity levels will also be on the increase, giving us a semi-muggy feel at times. With the humidity coming up, scattered showers and storms will be cranking up from time to time.

As all this is going on, we have two tropical threats along the east coast of the United States.

Today’s showers and storms will be more prominent across central and western parts of the state. Some heavy downpours will be possible…

Tuesday should give us more of the same, as scattered showers and storms rumble through here…

High temps with areas getting storms may stay in the 70s, while those outside of storms see 80-85.

Rubber stamp the above forecast and play it through the rest of the week and into the upcoming weekend.

Jose and Maria continue to spin and both will likely threaten different parts of the east coast. Jose is first in line, while Maria churns across the Caribbean…

Hurricane Infrared GOES East

Jose will likely have a big impact from the Mid-Atlantic into southern New England. Tropical storm force winds are possible…

cone graphic

Jose may then try to do a loop and head back toward the coast as a much weaker system. What happens with that loop may be a primary driver to where Maria winds up going. This major hurricane is going to work through some of the same Caribbean islands recently devastated by Hurricane Irma…

cone graphic

There are a lot of variables in play with Jose and Maria, so it’s going to be interesting to see how everything plays out over the next week.

Just beyond the next week, the pattern likely flips chilly across the eastern half of the country. The European Ensembles from WeatherBell show a rather dramatic shift to cold as we end September…

I’ve been saying this is a year for an early season frost threat, and the above maps could signal such a threat into early October. Of course, what happens in the tropics can have a big impact on the overall pattern.

Make it a great day and take care.

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14 Responses to Tracking Storms and The Tropics

  1. Virgil says:

    Yes the tropics are active, Yes we had two cat 4 storms hit the mainland, but in my most humblest of opinions, its no where near what many have called the “Worst Atlantic Hurricane Season on Record”. I think the right thing to do at this point is to calm down and take things into proper perspective. Help your fellow man anyway you can and just be thankful you are alive. Everything else is well out of yours or my control.

    • Prelude says:

      Tell that to the people in Houston the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Florida Keys who literally lost everything.

      • Jeff Hamlin says:


      • Virgil says:

        Hey, live in those areas, you gotta expect it. Don’t know what else to tell you…Its like people in Moore, OK that still live without Basements after 1999, & 2013….IT HAPPENS!!! The End.

        • Jeff Hamlin says:

          Hopefully you never experience such things in your life.

          • LD says:

            I always LOVE the “keep perspective” line from people who sit on the sidelines untouched. You’re far better than I, Hamlin, as I was thinking the exact opposite of your sentiment.

            • Virgil says:

              Let me tell you something LD.. Life doesn’t care about your feelings, Reality doesn’t care about your feelings, Facts don’t care about your feelings. This is 2017, if you know you live in an area vulnerable and prone to certain kinds of disasters, then you should be prepared accordingly. These are just common sense measures. To wish that I suffer because I choose to acknowledge reality and not participate in the hyped up end of the world Global Warming rhetoric is just down right pathetic. But that’s ok, as a Christian, I forgive you. Same for you Hamlin!

  2. Jamie says:

    For anyone hit by a storm like that, meteorological records are meaningless. For many in Houston, Florida, and elsewhere, 2017 may as well be the “worst hurricane season ever”, because of the impact it had on them.

  3. Schroeder., says:

    With tropical disturbances going into colder waters along the east coast, they will likely become Nor’Easters. What weather we have here, which is our usually warm, humid and stagnant conditions, we will likely keep, till there is a change in the tropics, hopefully by mid October.

  4. Mike S says:

    An excellent case in perspectives…
    Since August 30, it has rained only 0.06″ officially at Houston Intercontinental (IAH). That’s nearly 2.50″ below normal for the month.
    Since August 25, it has rained 31.32″ officially at Houston Intercontinental. That’s just 3 weeks worth of rain…incredible!

  5. Lori says:


    When will you post your winter 2017-2018 predictions? Inquiring minds want to know!

  6. TennMark says:

    Geez, this is unbelievable. Hurricane Maria is now a Cat 5 storm, 160 mph sustained winds. I was busy in the office all day and had a-s-s-u-m-e-d Maria might stay maybe Cat 3 at best which would have been bad enough.

    Maria is about to make a direct hit on Dominica, prayers for those folks.

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