A Few Storms This Weekend

Good Friday, everyone. We have a warm weekend taking shape across the state, but rounds of showers and storms look to kick in. This is ahead of a pattern that’s not looking as good for early next week as a cut off storm system spins over the region.

Temps today are back into the upper 70s to low 80s on a strong southwest wind. That wind is bringing in increase in humidity and instability, leading to a few storms. The storm risk will increase this afternoon and evening as a line drops in from the north and northwest. There’s even the low-end risk for severe storms. Here’s the Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center…

The threat for storms will be with us through the weekend as temps reach anywhere from the upper 70s to middle 80s. Any storm that’s out there this weekend could be strong or locally severe.

A big upper level system then drops in here by Monday and closes off right on top of us. This looks to bring unsettled weather with rounds of showers and storms into the first half of next week…

Once that system moves away, we can get back to our surge of early summer temps…

The developing tropical system off the southeastern coastline will have an impact on how long that system lingers. Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center…

I will have updates as needed. Until then,  I have you all set to do some storm tracking…

Current watches
Current Watches

Possible Watch Areas

Current MDs

Have a fantastic Friday and take care.


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12 Responses to A Few Storms This Weekend

  1. BusHaynes says:

    We went from nice and cool to warm and muggy. Don’t really care for high dew points or humidity. They kind of run hand in hand though.

    • Which Way is the Wind Blowing says:

      I will enjoy the few cool days we will have over the next 5 to 6 months.

      • Schroeder says:

        Yeah, It use to be we would have a stretch of hot, humid weather in July and August with breaks of cooler drier weather after a thunderstorm, which was needed for the corn and soybean crops. The past several Summers this has not happened. It seems the weather pattern is more constant with the heat and humidity and wetter than normal, which is what NOAA is forecasting for the upcoming Summer. Lets all hope this doesn’t pan out.

    • Schroeder says:

      Yep, but we will have to get use to it Bus. I’ve put up with excessive heat and humidity for 69 years working in the fields in June, July and August as a farmer, and could not wait till Fall arrived for the cooler days and nights. When November came I looked forward to reading the many “long range weather forecast” for the coming Winter.

      • Bus Haynes says:

        Yes I know about the heat for sure. I worked in hay when you did it all by hand. Forked manure out of stalls into a manure spreader. Forked silage out of a silio. I remember those great country smells. Pay was great. 75 cents and hour.Ha! Ha! I worked almost 20 years in asphalt. I was a construction worker for my whole life after I graduated from high school in 1968. I ran a Bulldozer for 25 some years doing finish grade around homes sites and commercial buildings and building the pads for buildings. I retired in 2018. That is not all I have done but I figure that’s all everybody wants to here. I am not bragging at all just telling some of the things that I have done.I always work out side in all kinds of weather. But I never wanted to work inside punching a time clock.

        • Schroeder says:

          That’s great Bus, sounds like a lot of hard work, but I know we both enjoyed our outdoor occupations. I miss the garden center business and starting my own plants from seeds or cuttings and breeding Azaleas and Rhododendrons. I don’t garden anymore because of back and knee problems. I have hobbies one is wait for it studding Meteorology and the other is Oil Painting Landscapes and Seascapes and being a National Horticultural Consultant, and reading daily Meteorologist Chris Bailey’s Blog and commenting and chatting with wonderful people like you and all others on KWC.

  2. Illinois Mike says:

    It was quite a stormy overnight with a deluge of heavy rain across much of Northern and Central Illinois, including the Chicago area. Numerous severe thunderstorm warnings were issued between 9:30 PM Thursday and 12:30 AM Friday. There were even a couple of tornado warnings for a few locations based on radar-indicated rotation, but there were no sightings as far as I know. The numerous flash flood warnings have expired early this morning, and the last of the rain will be moving out in the next hour.

    A daily record of 3.53 inches of rain fell through midnight Friday at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, smashing the previous record for the date of 1.95 inches. The NWS forecast office in Romeoville in the SW suburbs recorded 1.79 inches. Those numbers will wind up higher, with all the heavy rain that occurred after midnight.

    • Schroeder says:

      Mike, looks like that weather type will stay north from where I live here in central Kentucky ? I hope those storms up your way didn’t cause any unwanted problems for your community.

      • Illinois Mike says:

        Schroeder, there was just scattered minor damage from 60-70 MPH winds in a few places in the far western suburbs of Chicago, and there could have been even a brief weak tornado, though that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

        Area rivers are at or near flood stage, but thankfully today and tomorrow will allow us to dry out before the next round of rain hits here Saturday night into Sunday.

        It’s a nice afternoon, with temps around 73 degrees under partly sunny skies and light breezes.

  3. Schroeder says:

    Thanks Chris, That upper level low looks interesting as it meanders over the Ohio Valley. That set up could bring more “cold rain.” If that scenario had played out in March we would be shoveling snow.

  4. Illinois Mike says:

    Chicago’s O’Hare Airport wound up with a two-day (Thursday-Friday) rain total of 4.25 inches, which is the highest two-day total since Oct.14th-15th, 2017, and the 3.53 inches that fell Thursday was the highest one-day total since Oct. 14th, 2017.

    Here is a complete summary of the flash flooding and storm winds that took place Thursday night into Friday morning in the Chicago area. http://weather.gov/lot/1415may2020

    • Schroeder says:

      Thanks for sharing Mike. Sounds like that unconfirmed tornado could have been an F0. When I lived in Evansville, Indiana many years ago we had one touch down in our back yard and twisted two trees right out of the ground and wipe out my neighbors fence.
      The weather here today in central Kentucky was very windy and mostly cloudy with just a few showers. Right now the temperature is 78 degrees.

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