Steamy Before The Stormy

Good Sunday, folks. We have a surge of heat and humidity on the way for the next few days, but a cold front looks ready to beat that down by the middle of the week. That front will bring an increase in showers and storms as it sweeps in across the region. Unfortunately, another shot of toasty temps will follow all that up.

Temperatures today start very pleasant with upper 50s to low 60s. A mix of sun and clouds will be noted through the day as temps return to the 85-90 degree range for many. Humidity levels still won’t be very high at all, but could be just high enough for a stray storm in the west…

Most stay dry.

Monday fins a little better chance for a storm or two in the west as temps head toward 90 in most areas. Humidity levels will continue to climb, so it will feel the steamy part.

A strong cold front moves our way later Tuesday into Wednesday to give us the best chance for widespread rain in the past few weeks. Some healthy thunderstorms may accompany this front as it slams through here…


The European agrees…

Temps do come down in a fairly steep way behind that system and should carry us through Thursday, but the numbers should quickly jump by the end of the week into next weekend. That’s when another surge of heat takes a punch at us from the southwest.

As I mentioned with my last post, there’s also the potential for a ring of fire pattern to develop. The Canadian and European Models take that one step further in developing an upper level system and some kind of tropical/semi-tropical system off the east coast…

That would once again knock any heat surge back down pretty quickly. Of course, there’s a long way to go and a short time to get there.

Admit it…  you’re wanting to watch Smokey and The Bandit after that line.

Have a great Sunday and take care.

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12 Responses to Steamy Before The Stormy

  1. Schroeder says:

    Thanks Chris, Great Blog. I sure hope we and others receive beneficial rainfall next week. Our best chances for my county of Taylor come on Tuesday, but I’m not holding my breath as we haven’t received any rain here since mid July and the current weather pattern is locked in place. I’ve seen many August with weather like this before and can last into September but lets hope not.

  2. Schroeder says:

    The warmer than normal Oceans and seas around the world have sparked my interest and I have been studying these since the late 1980’s. I did find out that after 1979 the surface sea temperatures have been increasing especially in the Arctic. Solar cycles, active under ocean volcano’s could be the cause ? At the present I have “hit a brick wall” as for new information on the cause. It’s like they don’t want anyone to know what is causing the increase in Ocean and sea temperatures. I ask myself the question; Who is they ??

  3. Schroeder says:

    I notice on my walk yesterday morning that the native trees are beginning to go dormant with the Black Gum being the first and the Tulip Poplar second. Seen this before like back in 1988 when we had that serious drought. If we just gets some rain next week we could have a colorful Fall because the sugar content in the trees an foliage is high this year.

  4. Terry says:

    This is the first morning in over a week with a low dewpoint in the SE jungle:) it made it into the low 60s in Harlan, nice morning!

  5. Schroeder says:

    Same here Terry. Dew point around 60 degrees. The high yesterday was around 88 degrees with the dew point in the mid 60’s. Wish we would get that good rain out to our west and southwest but the high pressure to our east has put up it’s deflector shield once again. I don’t want any storms just training rain for a day or so.

  6. MarkLex says:

    A ring of fire pattern? I can’t remember, but it’s that where storms circle a high pressure?

    • Schroeder says:

      I always thought ” the ring of fire ” referred to the volcanic activity in the Pacific.Storms or disturbances have been revolving around a major high pressure system that’s located in the southwest (Texas) for the past several days and western Kentucky is on the eastern edge, but there is a trough to our east holding dry weather over the rest of the state. I don’t quite understand why Chris is referring this ” ring of fire ” in the Atlantic ? Good question MarkLex.

    • Shawon says:

      Yes I think that is correct and Chris is not the only weather outlet I’ve seen today mention this as a possibility.

      I think if Kentucky is inside the ring of fire then it would be dry and hot around here…

  7. Winterlover says:

    I’m not a big believer climate change that people is saying. But I notice there’s been up tick in term of insects such wasp, flies and so forth this summer than last previous summers. I really believed this winter will so up potentially cold and snowy one.

    • Terry says:

      Well, the only way it could be worse would be not even a flake of snow. It was terrible this year, even worse than the dismal 2017 and 2018 seasons!

  8. Winterlover says:

    Terry I can remember back in the 80s we had lighting thunderstorms during the whole winter. I can’t remember what year it was. It was one of the non winter we had. I do remember in early 80 “a around Christmas we had a brittle cold spell here our state of ky. But I will say this no winters has match the mid-late 70’s winters that I have experienced my life time.

    • Terry says:

      I wasn’t born yet but have studied on the historical cold and snow during that decade, especially 76 through 78. My mother went through the great flood of April 1977 here in SE KY after record snow melt combined with a very heavy three day rain event…worse flood in history here!

      I loved the 1990s…1993-1994, 1994-1995 and 1995-1996 where three very good, snowy winters in Harlan:) I haven’t seen anything close since except 2014-2015 but still not as much snow as the 1990s!

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