Steamy temps set to return

Good Tuesday, everyone. It’s Election Day in the bluegrass state and our weather is making everyone a winner. This nice air is about to go bye-bye in a hurry as steamy temps push back in. That action looks to carry us right on through our Memorial Day Weekend.

Our Election Day features a mix of sun and clouds with temps generally in the 70s. A few low 80s will show up for southern and southeastern Kentucky as the warmer air begins to return.

The heat is on starting Wednesday as temps reach the mid and upper 80s in several areas. There is the chance for a shower or thunderstorm going up:

The setup for Thursday and Friday will feature temps ranging from 85-90 degrees in many areas. With a weak boundary just to our north, a few showers and storms will again be possible:

The Memorial Day Weekend continues to look toasty with temps back into the 85-90 degree range with high humidity levels. We will also have to be on guard for a few showers and storms dropping in from the northwest during this time:

That’s a steamy pattern that looks to carry us into next week as we get set to close out May and official kick off meteorological summer.

Hurricane season also kicks off on June 1st in the Atlantic Basin, but mother nature is jumping the gun with Subtropical Storm Andrea:

The pattern is favorable for early season development to continue. Make it a great Election Day and take care.

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Much better air starts the week

Good Monday, everyone. After a very steamy weekend, our temps are back into the comfortable range to kick off a new work week. Unfortunately, this isn’t going to last long as the summer steam returns for the second half of the week.

Our Monday looks and feels awesome! Temps out there today will generally be in the 70s with a mix of sun and clouds. Humidity levels will be MUCH lower, giving us a pleasant feel.

High pressure to our north is funneling in the cooler and drier air that can drop overnight lows into the upper 40s for some areas:

That sets the stage for another winner of a weather day on Election Day Tuesday, but you can already see summer returning to areas of far southern Kentucky:

That healthy temperature gradient gets wiped out quickly on Wednesday as southwesterly winds boost temps and humidity levels. Highs will be DEEP into the 80s:

Another major severe weather outbreak is kicking off in the plains states and this may throw a few storms into the region later Wednesday:

Steamy temps hang tough through the end of the week with highs in the 85-90 degree range. Higher humidity levels will make it feel steamier than that. There is the slightest chance for a shower or storm, but most areas stay dry.

That takes us into the Memorial Day Weekend, but some storms will try to show up:

Have a great Monday and take care.

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Severe threat for parts of the region

Good Sunday, folks. It’s another warm and humid day as a cold front rolls our way. That front will touch off gusty winds and the potential for a few late day strong thunderstorms. Behind the front comes some better air to start the week.

A line of storms may be ongoing across western Kentucky early today. This action may decrease the farther east it gets, but the severe threat may make it all the way into central Kentucky this afternoon and evening.

Here’s the current Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center:

Damaging winds and large hail are, as usual, the primary players. A tornado or two will also be possible, especially in the west.

With or without thunderstorms, winds are going to be a big player today and could reach 40mph at times.

This front blows through Sunday night and actually makes a bigger push than I thought. That brings cooler and better air in here for Monday and Tuesday. Humidity levels come down as temps drop back into the comfy 70s for highs for many areas. Skies look dry to boot.

At the same time, another massive severe weather outbreak is beginning across the plains. This one has a little wow factor to it.

Temps ahead of this should rebound quickly into the middle 80s by Wednesday as strong southwesterly winds kick in. That’s when areas of central and western Kentucky have a chance to see severe storms…

Here are your tracking tools for the day:

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Possible watch areas
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Make it a great day and take care.

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Steamy temps and a few storms

Good Saturday and welcome to the weekend. It’s a summer feeling weekend across the bluegrass state, complete with high humidity and scattered storms. This is a pattern that looks to hang around through next week, at least.

Let us begin with our Saturday. Highs today are deep into the 80s with a mix of sun and clouds. High humidity levels will also spawn a few showers and storms during the afternoon and evening. Not everyone will see the storms, but a couple could be strong.

Here are your radars to track whatever shows up:

A cold front rolls closer to the state on Sunday, touching off a broken line of showers and thunderstorms. This line of storms may be strong or severe across the western and central parts of the state. Here’s the Sunday Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center:

That front may bring some better weather in here for Monday, but the steam is set to return for the rest of the week. This pattern is likely to persist through Memorial Day weekend. The pattern across the country is nothing but extremes. The 10 day averages show what I’m talking about:

Have a sensational Saturday and take care.

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A weekend straight out of Summer

Good Friday to one and all. Mother Nature has decided to skip the rest of spring and go straight into the heart of summer. The setup this weekend through next week is more typical of late June.

To complete the summer setup, a few thunderstorms will be noted.

A corridor of thunderstorms will be working across the Ohio Valley today, but much of the action is to our north. Still, we need to watch northern and eastern Kentucky to see if some of those storms slip a littler farther south. Here’s today’s Severe Weather Outlook from the SPC:

Here are your radars to keep you company:

Temps today will be deep into the 80s with humidity levels on the rise. The steamy numbers continue into Saturday with a few storms going up during the afternoon…

A cold front in the plains slowly heads our way on Sunday. That brings a broken line of showers and strong storms from west to east across the state. The very warm setup continues through next week, with another front making a run at us by the middle of the week. That should bring another chance for big boomers.

Here’s how the GFS sees it from Sunday through next week…

Have a fantastic Friday and take care.

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Summertime temps surge in

Good Thursday to one and all. We have a taste of summertime moving into the bluegrass state over the next few days. These toasty temps will take us through the weekend and may roll through much of next week.

A few showers and thunderstorms may accompany this taste of summer from time to time.

Let us begin with today and move ahead. Temps are in the 75-80 degree range with a mix of sun and clouds. Even warmer air pushes in here tonight and Friday and that could be introduced by a few rounds of showers and storms.

The best chance is across the north and east and this is the area the Storm Prediction Center is highlighting for some potential strong or severe storms:

Highs will be deep into the 80s for much of the state as humidity levels ramp it up a bit. As we head into Saturday, temps continue to run well into the 80s with a slight chance for a few storms going up. You can see that action ahead of our plains storm system:

That system to our west will roll into the area on Sunday bringing a much better chance for showers and thunderstorms. A few of these storms could be strong or severe:

After that blows through here, things turn much better for Monday as our warm pattern keeps going. But, another cold front heads our way by later Tuesday and Wednesday. That could bring another round of big boomers our way.

Here are your radars to track the storms just to our north:

Have a great Thursday and take care.

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A few boomers kick off summer warmth

Good Wednesday, folks. We have a weak boundary setting up shop across the state today and this is bringing a few showers and storms to the region. This is on the leading edge of some warmer air our way and it’s likely to feel a lot like summer by the weekend.

Any shower or storm out there today will be working from northwest to southeast. Not everyone will see the action, but I have you all set to do some tracking:

Temps on Thursday hit the 70s for many, with some local 80 degree temps showing up. There’s just a small chance for a shower or storm going up. A better chance for a storm or two will be around on Friday as the real deal summer feel moves in:

Temps hit the low and mid 80s on Friday and may reach the upper 80s this weekend:

A few showers and storms will also be floating around at times this weekend and that continues into early next week:

We will need to watch for a few strong or severe rounds in that type of a setup;

The overall setup for the next 10 days may continue to skew warmer than normal for much of the eastern half of the country. The GFS Ensembles are showing this well:

Make it a great Wednesdqy and take care.

 

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Much warmer days on the way

Good Tuesday to one and all. Our cooler than normal temperatures will continue for a few more days, but a surge of summer is on the way. That enters the picture by the end of the week and may carry us all the way through early next week.

Our Tuesday will feature temps in the 60s with a mostly cloudy sky returning by the afternoon. The numbers climb to around the 70 degree mark by Wednesday, but another system moving in could spawn a shower or thunderstorm.

The real warmth moves in by the end of the week and could be introduced by a few thunderstorms on Friday. Check out the surge of 80s pushing in here:

Temps this weekend will be downright warm:

Humidity levels will also be climbing ahead of a cold front. That can touch off scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially later this weekend:

A more pronounced storm system may roll in here early next week:

That could wind up turning into a very active storm setup around our neck of the woods.

Have a great Tuesday and take care.

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Warmer days later in the week

Good Monday, everyone. It’s another cool and gloomy day across the Commonwealth, but better times are ahead. Temps will slowly warm through the week and may head to above normal by later in the week into the weekend.

Before we get to the warmer weather, we still have a little ugly to go through. Highs out there today will struggle to get to 60 degrees for many as skies stay mostly cloudy. A few gusty showers will also show up in response to another system diving in from the northwest. Here are you Monday rain tracking radars:

Tuesday’s sky will be brighter with temps back into the 60s for highs. The day may actually start with temps around 40 in a few spots.

Another system moves in from the northwest on Wednesday, touching off a few showers and thunderstorms:

Warm and humid air looks to try and surge in here behind that later this week:

A few rounds of showers and thunderstorms may be roaming around on the leading edge of those summer numbers:

That warm and juicy air pushes in for the weekend as another front drops in from the northwest. That may really set us up with a stormy pattern later in the weekend into next week:

There’s a little late May of 2004 look to the upcoming pattern. That was a super quiet severe weather season until things went boom late in May.

Have a happy Monday and take care.

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Showers and cool temps for Mother’s Day

Good Sunday, folks. Let me start out by saying a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there in blog land. Unfortunately, mother nature isn’t bringing the best of weather days your way. Gusty showers and cool temps are on the gift list from the big momma. 🙁

The heaviest rains are falling across southeastern Kentucky and this may cause a few issues. Some minor flooding is possible early on today. For the rest of the area, showers are more scattered and should slowly taper from west to east later today.

Here are your Mother’s Day trackers to keep you company:

Highs today will only make it to the upper 50s and low 60s. Gusty northwesterly winds will add a little extra chill to the air.

Another system drops in here on Monday, bringing more gusty winds and scattered showers. This will help keep many thermometers locked into the upper 50s and low 60s for highs…

As skies clear up Monday night, temps drop to around 40 degrees…

Some of our colder valleys may drop into the upper 30s. The rest of the day will feature a mix of sun and clouds and temps in the 60s.

The northwesterly flow will bring another chance for showers and storms to town by Wednesday:

After that works through, temps should rebound toward normal for later in the week into next weekend.

Make it a great Mother’s Day and take care.

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