TORNADO WATCH Western Kentucky

Good Thursday afternoon, everyone. The threat for severe storms continues to work closer to the state and we now have a TORNADO WATCH out for far western Kentucky. This watch is out until 5pm CDT. Here’s a look at the watch outline and the current warnings…

Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes continue to be the main threat.

That line will work into central and eastern Kentucky late tonight into early Friday. It is likely to be in weakening fashion, but should still be able to produce a severe weather threat.

Winds ahead of the front continue to gust to 40mph at times this afternoon.

Let’s get back to the tracking toys…

Todayโ€™s Risk Area
Latest Day 1 convective outlook

Current Watches
Current Watches

Possible Watch Areas
Current MDs

Track the storms hereโ€ฆ

I will send out updates and warnings via twitter: Kentuckyweather or follow along in the twitter feed on the right side of the blog. I will also have updates on my Chris Bailey WKYT Facebook page.

Take care.

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30 Responses to TORNADO WATCH Western Kentucky

  1. rolo says:

    tx Bailey.

  2. Todd says:

    Wind damage a good possibility tonight west half of KY, Late night arrival/less instability might help east half??

  3. Mark says:

    Numerous funnel cloud and wall cloud sightings in southern Illinois (north of Paducah KY), at least one touch down reported.

    SPC considering a new tornado watch for far northern KY.

    But western KY may get a bit of a short-term break as there is a little less potential for instability in western KY compared to western TN, southern Illinois and southern Indiana. Still, a tornado watch remains for far western KY including Mayfield and Paducah.

  4. Go Cards says:

    SPC dropped the moderate risk. Looks like the line is trying to split in two pieces. One line north of us and one south of us. Doesn’t look too severe as of right now for our area.

  5. alena says:

    Just came through town. The bank sign said 90 in Irvine.It sure feels like too.

  6. Mark says:

    Both the Hopkinsville/Ft Campbell and the Evansville NEXRAD radars are down. Hopefully this will be temporary. There’s still some time before the main squall line arrives in these areas. In meantime, there are radars available in Paducah, Nashville and Louisville.

  7. Go Cards says:

    All aboard! Looks like the hype train fell off the tracks.

  8. Mike S says:

    Dewpoints in the 50’s are hampering instability. Cloud debris from blowoff also limiting instability. Strong winds aloft are tearing the squall apart in places, adding to a possible demise of the squall line. Hope this trend continues.

    • turner says:

      line does not look that impressive right now. Hope it continues to weaken. Here is SE Ky has been cloudy all day with dewpoints in 50’s so instability should be low Also at this moment no Tornado or Severe T Strom warnings to our west

  9. Chris Mercer says:

    Warm day here in Lawrenceburg. Currently 84 degrees; but no overly humid. This looks to be a case of more bark than bite, and I am grateful!

  10. chrissomerset says:

    This may end up being more of a flooding event then anything else, SPC may even drop some of the SLIGHT risk areas before the night gets going!

    • Mark says:

      Yea, all tornado watches in and near KY have been dropped.

      SPC also mentions that a new watch downstream of the old southern Indiana watch is unlikely.

      From a human life and property perspective, glad this potential outbreak is fizzling. Although as chrissomerset touched on, some flooding issues are not out of the question. Numerous flood warnings are in effect for southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.

      Meanwhile, the upper plains continue to get record April snowstorms. Minneapolis/St Paul may get up to eight inches snow tonight. Marquette Michigan only a few days ago had their 4th latest springtime date of 50 degrees or higher ever. Ugh!

      I’m a warm weather person that can barely tolerate infrequent and brief periods of snow cover. I had a job offer in Wisconsin about two years ago, so glad that didn’t work out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Chris Mercer says:

    More of a rain event than anything, which is good. Rainy springs hold off droughts and produce cool summers ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually like the cooler weather. Last Saturday it was about 60 and sunny here in Lawrenceburg and the park was PACKED! It was a pleasant day to be outside. Looks like this Saturday will be the same.

  12. Connor says:

    technology advancements unseen in human history and yet forecasting (predicting) is at an all-time low. Viewership is King. Sad.

    • Go Cards says:

      I agree. Hype it for a week and get everyone worried for what exactly? It is a joke really.

    • Jeff Hamlin says:

      Why don’t you have the guts to just come right out and make a false attack on Chris, then? Here’s an idea, why don’t YOU get a degree in weather and show us how it’s done, lest you realize that you couldn’t hold a candle to anyone out there?

      • Go Cards says:

        Well I would call out anyone who keeps promoting their own agendas for sake of viewership. No reason to keep harping on a storm that is a week out. Everyday was the same. Oh its gonna be terrible next week,this storm is going to be awful run for the hills. The Weather Channel was guilty too. I don’t care if you don’t like what I say. I can say what I want just like you. Have a good night.

  13. chrissomerset says:

    Well score 1 for me, SPC dropped the SLIGHT RISK for KY (not to brag ) ๐Ÿ˜‰ ,but I agree with Mark, lots of flood warnings out for Missouri and southern Illinois so flooding maybe the the primary severe threat tonight!

    • Mark says:

      Tornado warnings now in effect in western KY (radar indicated rotation just east of Mayfield).

      A sober reminder we can’t drop our guard too much, even with the lack of watches.

      • Mark says:

        The tornado warnings in western KY have expired; no more warnings at the moment. Despite any occasional flareups, hopefully this system will overall continue to weaken.

        A new Mesoscale Discussion by the SPC says a new watch for western KY is unlikely.

  14. chris g in clay county says:

    as of this writing, looks like there is part of the line that my be intensifying just a tad bit. a red line is taking place in orange part. maybe not severe, but maybe more heavy rain or something. it hard to describe but there is a red line forming inside the orange part of the rain thats coming this way.

  15. chris g in clay county says:

    lost lot of that red line in ky now. tenn still has has it look like tho. looks like just heavy rain instead of being severe weather . that red line was wild to look at on radar tho. yellows and orange turned red and makes a line going north to south.

    • chris g in clay county says:

      guess you still reading posts chris. just saw the twitter feed on side , said you was still watching but not expecting widespread severe weather.

      can you mention if you think flash flooding will be a issue again in clay or knox county? both seem to have been hit hard yesterday during the heavy rainfall. im sure ground is still satuated, wont take a lot to cause flash flooding again. maybe the rain wont be as intense as it was yesterday morning? seemed like it just keep on storming. hope this is out of the way soon so no flooding occurs.

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