Storms usher in a fall feel

Good Monday, folks. It’s another day of showers and storms ramping up across central and eastern Kentucky. This action is along and ahead of a powerful cold front that has a touch of fall-feeling air coming in behind it. That sets up shop for the rest of the week.

Before that boundary gets through here this evening, rounds of showers and storms will continue to press across the region. These storms are prolific lightning and rainmakers and may cause more flash flooding issues.

Can a few go severe? That’s a possibility and the Storm Prediction Center has us in a low-end risk for the day:

That front will be very noticeable as it moves through here this evening. Winds will gust up as humidity and temps both drop in a hurry. Again, that’s not something you typically get in the summer months.

Behind that front comes a pattern of well below normal temperatures:

Highs will mainly be in the 70s for Tuesday and Wednesday as lows drop into the 50s for most of the mornings through Friday. If skies are clear Wednesday morning, we could be within a few degrees of record lows. With such a cool pocket of air overtop of us, there’s the chance to bubble up afternoon clouds and isolated showers.

Where does the pattern go after this week? I’m seeing conflicting signals showing up as we start the month of August. The trough that’s coming through this week is likely to split and head into the deep south, keeping a weakness in the atmosphere into early next week. A ridge likely builds to our north and northeast as we watch to see if another trough can dive in at some point. You can see that on the GFS Ensembles:

Obviously, it’s the time of year when the tropics play a big role in the overall pattern. We found that out with Barry and that’s something to remember going forward. There is a disturbance near the Bahamas that bears watching in the coming days:

Obviously, that’s too late to have any impact on the big blast of September air coming this week, so enjoy it.


As always, I leave you with your storm tracking tools for the day:

Have a magnificent Monday and take care.

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