Good Monday everyone and welcome to an extreme weather pattern makeover. The run of historic heat is over, but it didn’t go down without a fight. A slightly slower movement of our cold front allowed temps to hit the low 100s again on Sunday. The front spawned several rounds of severe thunderstorms and brought some LONG overdue rains to most of the state. It’s now a whole new ballgame in terms of the weather pattern around here.
I want to start with a few more words about the heat wave we are just coming out of. Words cannot do justice to how impressive this thing was. Daily records, monthly records and all time records bit the dust in many cities across Kentucky and the nation. Only 1936 has featured hotter temps and a hotter stretch than the past 11 days. The 1936 heat wave was a direct result of one of the worst droughts in our nation’s history… hence the name “dust bowl”.
Many Kentucky cities have never had this many 100 degree days so early in the summer. I have NEVER been one to hype heat, just the opposite, but this heat was historical in every sense of the word.
The good news is that this historical heat is now history. Much cooler temps and a daily threat for showers and thunderstorms will be with us this week as we break out a brand new pattern.
The severe storms of Sunday afternoon and evening brought a ton of rain to much of the state. I know we had some places that got skipped in the process, but this was overall a big event for Kentucky and we aren’t done yet. The cold front is putting the brakes on across Tennessee and will hang around there much of the week. This will keep scattered showers and storms going today through Wednesday with the highest totals across the south.
Some Gulf of Mexico moisture will begin to work farther northward by the end of the week into the weekend and that will allow for a better threat for showers and storms. Check out the rain totals from the GFS over the next week…
Temps this week will be a far cry from the record setting heat wave we are coming out of. Highs will generally run in the 80s for most of the state. A 90 is possible here or there on any given day… especially in the west.
The heat ridge looks to head west and remain there for the forseeable future. This should allow for a weakness in the atmosphere to set up from the Gulf into the Ohio Valley over the next few weeks. The GFS continues to advertise this setup and the 2 week rainfall map is a thing of beauty…
Yep… I could live with that. Look at it this way… it honestly can’t get any hotter or drier than the past two weeks.
Here’s your Monday edition of tracking toys…
Have a wonderful Monday and take care.