Keeneland starts with a summer feel

Good Friday to one and all. We have made it to the opening day of the fall meet out at Keeneland, but the weather is feeling more like summer. This warm air looks to hold tough into next week, before big changes FINALLY show up.

Before looing ahead, let’s talk about the historic rains that fell late Thursday.

Lexington picked up 3.3″ of rain in just over an hour late Thursday evening. That amazing amount of rain made Thursday the 2nd wettest October day on record. It was also the 29th wettest day in nearly 54,000 days worth of record keeping.

We are now almost TWO FEET above normal on rainfall for the year. Wow!

Temps today will generally range from 80-85 in most areas, with a few scattered storms going up. Similar weather should hang tough into the coming weekend. That Keeneland forecast continues to look a little toasty:

Here are tracking tools for the day:

Things get interesting in a hurry next week as our cold in the west starts to finally head east. This does so at the exact same time most models develop a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico. Those two have a chance of hooking up in our part of the world, bringing the chance for another dose of tropical rains our way.

The Canadian Model was the first to suggest the idea and it keeps rolling with it:

The new version of the GFS is also showing something similar:

Have a happy Friday and take care.

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