Good Thursday and welcome to October. The new month is kicking off exactly the same way as September ended: wet. Rounds of rain will continue to come at us through the weekend as a huge storm gathers steam along the East Coast.
That system is likely to work back toward the west and could get a boost from Hurricane Joaquin.
Before we get to that point, let’s start with the weather Thursday. Periods of showers will be with us across much of Central and Eastern Kentucky. It’s not going to rain all day, but some locally heavy downpours will be possible. Highs will be in the upper 50s and low 60s with a gusty northerly wind.
Rains look to increase as we head into Friday as the action really begins to work in from the east. The opening day for the fall meet at Keeneland looks rather soggy, with highs struggling to get out of the 50s. Winds look to stay on the gusty side.
What happens from this point on depends on what happens along the East Coast. That’s where a big storm system tries to capture a powerful hurricane in the Bahamas. Joaquin is a major hurricane that slowly lifts northward in the coming days.
The NAM shows this storm heading toward the Carolinas:
The GFS says this storm works all the way into the northeast before making landfall:
Other models keep that storm out in the Atlantic.
Obviously, a storm hitting the Carolinas would have a bigger impact on our weather than one going into the northeast or out to sea. We will have to just wait and see how it plays out over the next few days.
In the short-term, windy, chilly and occasionally wet weather looks to continue into the weekend.
Have a great Thursday and take care.