Tropical moisture on the way to Kentucky

Good Tuesday to one and all. It’s another hot and humid day across our region, but we are getting ready for some tropical changes in the days to come. A system in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to throw moisture our way as the week wears on. That will increase our rain chances.

Today is another very steamy one with temps in the upper 80s and low 90s. Heat index values will be in the low and middle 90s. A mix of sun and clouds will be noted, but scattered storms try to go up this afternoon and evening.

Here are your Tuesday storm trackers:

Gordon isn’t the most impressive storm ever created, but it has a chance to reach a low end Cat 1 hurricane before coming ashore. That track for landfall is centered around Biloxi, Mississippi, with the inland track continuing to get pushed farther east by the National Hurricane Center:

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The GFS has been smoking many of the other models with the handling of Gordon, especially the European. The latest run of the GFS takes what’s left of Gordon north along and just west of the Mississippi River before turning the corner into the northern Ohio Valley this weekend. Watch how all this tropical moisture interacts with a stalled boundary around our region:

The Canadian continues to trend toward the GFS and is now very close to bringing what’s left of Gordon into western and northern Kentucky this weekend:

What does all this mean for us?

  • Tropical moisture streams in here Wednesday through Friday and interacts with a stalled front. This type of setup can bring some major rain producing showers and storms our way.
  • Humidity levels are going to be absurd.
  • As what’s left of Gordon heads into the northern Ohio Valley this weekend, it will bring another big surge of showers and storms with it. That action will be maximized by a cold front moving in at the same time. This means heavy rain will once again be likely.
  • Throw all this together and you get, at least, some local high water issues possibly developing at some point.

Temperatures behind all this will actually feel pretty good for a few days early next week, but it’s the tropics that will continue to dictate the overall pattern. Florence and a soon to be named system are out in the Atlantic:

Have a great Tuesday and take care.

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