Much Cooler Air Settles In

Good Tuesday, folks. Wow is all I can say. A gorgeous brand of air has settled into the bluegrass state and this looks to be around for a while. Even with a different temperature pattern taking shape, our rain chances won’t go away. We’ve got a couple systems set to impact our weather over the next week.

Let’s begin with today and roll forward. Today’s forecast is for a whole lot of awesomeness! Temps will be in the upper 40s and low 50s to start with low and middle 70s this afternoon. More importantly, skies will be dry.

Wednesday is a mainly dry day until later in the afternoon. That’s when another system drops in from the northwest as we see the jet stream taking an anomalous dip across the eastern half of the country. This will bring an increase in showers and some thunder through Thursday…

Temps with this will be much cooler than normal and may struggle to get to 70 on Thursday. That rain moves away on by Friday, leaving us with a nice and cool day. Temps may be back deep into the 40s for lows…

The next system then quickly moves in here over the weekend, bringing another round of rain and some thunderstorms. This will try to stick around into early next week…

The pattern continues to look cooler than normal, but wetter than normal over the next few weeks. Check out the 2 week rain forecast from the GFS…

That’s a continuation of the super soaker pattern we are in and that brings me to my next point…

As you know, the past few years have been among the wettest ever for the bluegrass state. As a matter of fact, the period from June 2018 to May 2019 was the wettest 12 month period on record for Kentucky and the country as a whole…

The wettest 12 month period ever!!! Even during that period the horrible drought monitor showed Kentucky in the dry category from time to time… It’s STILL showing it…

Since the introduction of this monitor several years ago, I’ve talked over and over about how poor it is. It gives the impression that it was designed to make anything and everything look like a drought, even during the wettest year on record.  I’ve never used this index because of that very reason, but many in the weather field show it and never stop to think… Wait, that’s absurd. Well, look at the above map and tell me that’s NOT absurd!

Ok Ok, I’m off my soapbox. Enjoy your drought and take care.  🙂

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11 Responses to Much Cooler Air Settles In

  1. b says:

    the grand solar minimum is getting ready to fire on all cylinders and i’m not looking forward to.this

    • Terry says:

      The Grand Rain Maximum already has, or if it hasn’t, we are in trouble!

      I am slightly ahead of the year-to-date rainfall at my house compared to last year. I say I at least reach 70 inches of rain again by 12/31 if not more by the years end. Some areas in the state are ahead of last year while others are behind but no one has a departure year-to-date!

    • Schroeder says:

      I don’t know what this means but sounds interesting.

  2. Which Way Is the Wind Blowing says:

    I love the temps.

  3. Terry says:

    Pot of Chili Alert for Thursday???? 😛

    Thursday’s strong NW flow with showers and chill looks a lot like late September or early October. Then, the rain Train looks to pounce next week. I am glad most of KY only had minor flooding in spots last week as it could have been a lot worse but the ground was somewhat dry at the upper layer and most areas soaked it up where it didnt rain several inches at once. I knew a few areas in Rockcastle co and surrounding counties had a little flash flood damage, however.

  4. Schroeder says:

    Terry, I like chili anytime of the year. It will be nice when we get the sunshine today for outdoor work and free air conditioning. In Taylor county I believe we are normal on rainfall and definitely not in a drought.

  5. Russell says:

    Well the rain train refuses to stop anywhere else but here….and if this keeps up will I have to declare RIP SUMMER…..I hope not….lol. Also how can that thingy say some of KY is still too dry….?

    • Terry says:

      I think it was based upon prior week as cut-off us every Tuesday with new maps issued every Thursday (once per week) and should update to show no dryness by Thursday’s new weekly map. We missed most of the rain compared to a lot if KY in far SE KY and still had about 3 inches last week…way too wet to be dry…LOL

  6. Schroeder says:

    I think Terry we were in the “doughnut hole” of the upper level low this past Saturday as I got very little rain here in Taylor County.

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