Good Monday everyone. If you listen closely you will hear two things. One is the gulping sound of the ground soaking up some much needed rains. The other is a collective sigh of relief from heat weary residents of the bluegrass state. We have a totally different weather pattern moving in today and this will carry us through the week, at least.
Our cold front arrived a few hours behind schedule and this allowed for the thermometer to climb all the way to 103 in Lexington. That still came up short of the 106 record from 1936. The severe storms blossomed during the later afternoon hours with hail and high winds. Rains soaked parts of central and eastern Kentucky to the tune of 3″ in a few places.
Our cold front is in the process of becoming stationary across Tennessee today. This should keep the threat for showers and storms going, with the best shot from Interstate 64 and south. Scattered boomers will also flare up Tuesday into Wednesday and the computer models are spitting out some good totals:
It looks like we get an increase in Gulf of Mexico moisture by the end of the week into the upcoming weekend. That may give our showers and storms a little booster shot to crank out more much needed drops.
The temps are the other big story. Look at the GFS Ensembles average temp forecast anomaly over the next week:
Highs this week will generally run in the 80s with lows in the 60s. A day or two may flirt with 90 degrees… but this is all a far cry from the pattern of the past two weeks. Yippee!!
Here’s today’s scaled back weather tracking tools:
Have a great Monday and take care.