Barry To Impact Our Weather

Good Friday, everyone. A cold front is putting the brakes on just to our south as it starts to feel what’s going on in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s where Barry continues to strengthen as it gets ready to hit Louisiana tonight or early Saturday. What’s left of Barry then looks to have a big impact on our weather from late this weekend through the first half of next week.

The weather out there today is much better than the past few days as a better brand of air moves into the region. Most areas remain dry, but that front is close enough to spawn isolated showers and storms across southern Kentucky…

The threat for a few showers and storms will continue across southern parts of the state on Saturday as we begin to feel the steamy air returning.

It’s at this point we may start to feel some indirect impacts from Barry. This system may become a weak hurricane before heading into Louisiana into early Saturday. Take the interactive radar on a little trip down to the Gulf and follow Barry…

Here’s the satellite view of what’s going on in the Gulf…

The forecast from the National Hurricane Center continues to trend farther east and is just about on par with the map I’ve had out since early this week…

cone graphic

Here are the latest hurricane models…

GFS Ensembles…

The European Model is showing some hefty rainfall into our region…

The prime time for that system to impact our weather is from Monday through Wednesday. Before that, watch for a few storms to go up on Sunday as a weak cold front drops in from the northwest. That could combine with some offshoot tropical moisture to produce heavy rains.

Have a great Friday and take care.


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23 Responses to Barry To Impact Our Weather

  1. Which Way Is the Wind Blowing says:

    I never thought I would be saying this,but here I go, I sure could use the rain.
    My lawn is starting to turn brown.

    • David in gtown says:

      I’m right there with you. Our son works 8 miles away-big storm around 3:00 yesterday. We had flood warnings 25 miles east, but another system that skipped right over the geordome yesterday.

  2. Schroeder says:

    We could use the rain here too. I only recorded a few hundreds of an inch since July first. Tropical Storm Barry is interesting to follow as it merge with energy from a disturbance that started in and around our area, and with the Gulf of Mexico surface sea temperatures being well above normal even for this time of the year exploded into a tropical storm inside a week and maybe later become a category 1 hurricane ? Not sold on the rain totals for our area that are forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

    • Bobt says:

      I wish I could share some rain with you. It’s rained something like 11 out of the last 15 days here in my part of Knox County with many of those days having some torrential downpours. Rained quite a bit here yesterday too. I would of gladly given you 2/3 of those rain days.

      • Terry says:

        You can’t escape Bobt! The Rain Train arrived at your property and mother nature decided to take an annual vacation…LOL

        • Bobt says:

          My section of Kentucky is a rain area. Just an odd area. If you look at the winter maps of snow eye candy on 90% of the projected systems you will see a little pocket coming out of Tennessee that for some odd reason will forecast less snow in Whitley and Knox than it does for the counties directly west, North, and east of it. We are one of the few counties in the state that has still not busted the snow dome since the 1990s. Those big storms in 2014 and 2015 that covered a lot of the state was destroyed by the late transition from rain to snow here.

          • Schroeder says:

            Bobt How much snow did you get in the 1990’s ? I was in southwest Indiana and I don’t recall any snow that whole decade.

            • Chris g in clay county says:

              1993 , and 1994 , and 1996 had double digits snow falls in clay county. 1998 had a heavy wet snow event, and that was all until 2015, 2016, except for ankLe biters.

              • Schroeder says:

                Last snow I saw in southwest Indiana was in 2004. In 2015-16 we had two block busters here in Taylor County. I think we get more snow here where I live now in central Kentucky than in southwest Indiana.

          • Terry says:

            Yeah, even Middlesboro and Harlan got a good hit in 2015. Most snow still misses us in Bell and Harlan too though, except for the high mt peaks.

    • Terry says:

      You could out your way. I am more pessimistic about Harlan getting much as the storm is currently forecasted too far west of me but it could shift too.

  3. Bobt says:

    The mesonet station has my county at close to 3 inches for July and that’s with the station area missing out on most of the rain that shut down many of the city streets due to flooding. Its been hit and miss for July depending on where you live. Taylor County is showing 1.6 for July on the Mesonet, so just a few miles can make a difference.

    • Schroeder says:

      Terry or Bobt How does one connect to the interactive radar to tract Barry ?

      • Terry says:

        If you are talking about that map on this site, I have no luck . You can go through Accuweather, TWC or other sites though and do some interactive tracking:)

  4. Schroeder says:

    Thanks Terry for your kind response to my question.

  5. Faye says:

    Talk about hit and miss storms… yesterday I was shopping and couldn’t leave the store as a thunderstorm hit. It rained so hard you couldn’t even see across the parking lot, water started flooding the parking lot, the wind was really blowing hard at times. When the storm finished, I got in my car, drove two miles down the road and it was bone dry, not a drop of rain had fallen.

  6. Kris Stone says:

    No rain in Northern Kentucky…. near Florence since June 24!!! This after close to 10″ of rain the week before. Plants are not happy with such a wild extreme.

  7. Schroeder says:

    Well it’s time to put these aging eyes of mine to bed. Have a great afternoon and evening everyone !

  8. Terry says:

    The drier air in Central KY has never made it to Harlan yet as my dewpoint is still 71 here but no showers yet.

  9. Prelude says:

    Literally has to be the best weather day of the year so far!

  10. Shawon says:

    83 degrees with a dewpoint of 60 near where I live…Good Stuff.

    However as Kris noted above, the lack of precipitation is getting annoying. Hoping we get some good showers one night early next week.

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