A weekend straight out of Summer

Good Friday to one and all. Mother Nature has decided to skip the rest of spring and go straight into the heart of summer. The setup this weekend through next week is more typical of late June.

To complete the summer setup, a few thunderstorms will be noted.

A corridor of thunderstorms will be working across the Ohio Valley today, but much of the action is to our north. Still, we need to watch northern and eastern Kentucky to see if some of those storms slip a littler farther south. Here’s today’s Severe Weather Outlook from the SPC:

Here are your radars to keep you company:

Temps today will be deep into the 80s with humidity levels on the rise. The steamy numbers continue into Saturday with a few storms going up during the afternoon…

A cold front in the plains slowly heads our way on Sunday. That brings a broken line of showers and strong storms from west to east across the state. The very warm setup continues through next week, with another front making a run at us by the middle of the week. That should bring another chance for big boomers.

Here’s how the GFS sees it from Sunday through next week…

Have a fantastic Friday and take care.

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Summertime temps surge in

Good Thursday to one and all. We have a taste of summertime moving into the bluegrass state over the next few days. These toasty temps will take us through the weekend and may roll through much of next week.

A few showers and thunderstorms may accompany this taste of summer from time to time.

Let us begin with today and move ahead. Temps are in the 75-80 degree range with a mix of sun and clouds. Even warmer air pushes in here tonight and Friday and that could be introduced by a few rounds of showers and storms.

The best chance is across the north and east and this is the area the Storm Prediction Center is highlighting for some potential strong or severe storms:

Highs will be deep into the 80s for much of the state as humidity levels ramp it up a bit. As we head into Saturday, temps continue to run well into the 80s with a slight chance for a few storms going up. You can see that action ahead of our plains storm system:

That system to our west will roll into the area on Sunday bringing a much better chance for showers and thunderstorms. A few of these storms could be strong or severe:

After that blows through here, things turn much better for Monday as our warm pattern keeps going. But, another cold front heads our way by later Tuesday and Wednesday. That could bring another round of big boomers our way.

Here are your radars to track the storms just to our north:

Have a great Thursday and take care.

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A few boomers kick off summer warmth

Good Wednesday, folks. We have a weak boundary setting up shop across the state today and this is bringing a few showers and storms to the region. This is on the leading edge of some warmer air our way and it’s likely to feel a lot like summer by the weekend.

Any shower or storm out there today will be working from northwest to southeast. Not everyone will see the action, but I have you all set to do some tracking:

Temps on Thursday hit the 70s for many, with some local 80 degree temps showing up. There’s just a small chance for a shower or storm going up. A better chance for a storm or two will be around on Friday as the real deal summer feel moves in:

Temps hit the low and mid 80s on Friday and may reach the upper 80s this weekend:

A few showers and storms will also be floating around at times this weekend and that continues into early next week:

We will need to watch for a few strong or severe rounds in that type of a setup;

The overall setup for the next 10 days may continue to skew warmer than normal for much of the eastern half of the country. The GFS Ensembles are showing this well:

Make it a great Wednesdqy and take care.


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Much warmer days on the way

Good Tuesday to one and all. Our cooler than normal temperatures will continue for a few more days, but a surge of summer is on the way. That enters the picture by the end of the week and may carry us all the way through early next week.

Our Tuesday will feature temps in the 60s with a mostly cloudy sky returning by the afternoon. The numbers climb to around the 70 degree mark by Wednesday, but another system moving in could spawn a shower or thunderstorm.

The real warmth moves in by the end of the week and could be introduced by a few thunderstorms on Friday. Check out the surge of 80s pushing in here:

Temps this weekend will be downright warm:

Humidity levels will also be climbing ahead of a cold front. That can touch off scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially later this weekend:

A more pronounced storm system may roll in here early next week:

That could wind up turning into a very active storm setup around our neck of the woods.

Have a great Tuesday and take care.

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Warmer days later in the week

Good Monday, everyone. It’s another cool and gloomy day across the Commonwealth, but better times are ahead. Temps will slowly warm through the week and may head to above normal by later in the week into the weekend.

Before we get to the warmer weather, we still have a little ugly to go through. Highs out there today will struggle to get to 60 degrees for many as skies stay mostly cloudy. A few gusty showers will also show up in response to another system diving in from the northwest. Here are you Monday rain tracking radars:

Tuesday’s sky will be brighter with temps back into the 60s for highs. The day may actually start with temps around 40 in a few spots.

Another system moves in from the northwest on Wednesday, touching off a few showers and thunderstorms:

Warm and humid air looks to try and surge in here behind that later this week:

A few rounds of showers and thunderstorms may be roaming around on the leading edge of those summer numbers:

That warm and juicy air pushes in for the weekend as another front drops in from the northwest. That may really set us up with a stormy pattern later in the weekend into next week:

There’s a little late May of 2004 look to the upcoming pattern. That was a super quiet severe weather season until things went boom late in May.

Have a happy Monday and take care.

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Showers and cool temps for Mother’s Day

Good Sunday, folks. Let me start out by saying a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there in blog land. Unfortunately, mother nature isn’t bringing the best of weather days your way. Gusty showers and cool temps are on the gift list from the big momma. 🙁

The heaviest rains are falling across southeastern Kentucky and this may cause a few issues. Some minor flooding is possible early on today. For the rest of the area, showers are more scattered and should slowly taper from west to east later today.

Here are your Mother’s Day trackers to keep you company:

Highs today will only make it to the upper 50s and low 60s. Gusty northwesterly winds will add a little extra chill to the air.

Another system drops in here on Monday, bringing more gusty winds and scattered showers. This will help keep many thermometers locked into the upper 50s and low 60s for highs…

As skies clear up Monday night, temps drop to around 40 degrees…

Some of our colder valleys may drop into the upper 30s. The rest of the day will feature a mix of sun and clouds and temps in the 60s.

The northwesterly flow will bring another chance for showers and storms to town by Wednesday:

After that works through, temps should rebound toward normal for later in the week into next weekend.

Make it a great Mother’s Day and take care.

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Showers are back for Mother’s Day Weekend

Good Saturday, everyone. We have made it to Mother’s Day Weekend, but the overall setup isn’t looking to be the best in the world. Rounds of showers and cool temps are dominating the setup for the next few days.

Temps today can reach the upper 60s to around 70 in a few spots as showers dot the skyline. The action is likely to be more widespread early on across the southeast with a drying sky north and west. Showers will then increase from southwest to northeast by the evening. Here are your tracking toys for the day:

Additional rain rolls across central and, especially, eastern Kentucky for Mother’s Day. Southeastern parts of the state may get enough rain to cause local high water issues.

All of this unsettled weather is coming from a highly anomalous system moving through the eastern half of the country. This is something you see more in the winter months:

That cooler than normal air lasts into the middle of next week, which will also be our next threat for a shower or thunderstorm.

Temps rebound to near normal later in the week into next weekend, but the cool air may not be too far away to our north. That could turn us wet again:

That would certainly keep temps from warming up for very long. As a matter of fact, the CFS has the next month skewing colder than normal for much of the country:

Make it a wonderful Saturday and take care.

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Rounds of rain for the big weekend

Good Friday, folks. We have made it to the end of the start of Mother’s Day Weekend and the weather is leaving a lot to be desired. A slow-moving front will lead to rounds of rain rolling in here through Sunday night.

Let us start with today and roll forward. Morning showers will become more isolated in the afternoon and evening. Temps will range from the upper 60s to low 70s. Here are your Friday radars to track whatever is out there:

A wave or two of low pressure will develop and roll northeastward along the stalled front this weekend. That could bring some heavy rains into part of the state, especially in the southeast:

That’s almost a wintertime looking setup as much colder air dives into our region. Check out the temperature departures through the middle of next week:

Tuesday morning looks to be the coldest morning with some readings around 40:

Can some pockets of upper 30s show up? That’s a possibility.

Have a fantastic Friday and take care.

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Severe storms possible today

Good Thursday to one and all. It’s shaping up to be another busy day across the Commonwealth as showers and storms blow up. Some of these storms may be strong or severe this afternoon and evening.

Following today’s severe potential is a wet Mother’s Day Weekend. I’ll get to that in a bit. Let’s begin with today’s storms.

Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes can’t be ruled out this afternoon and evening as storms develop. The greatest risk is across central and western parts of the state. Here’s the current Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center…

Heavy rains may also cause a few local high water issues to develop. Speaking of heavy rain, that looks to be the case for the weekend ahead.

This same front puts the brakes on across the state, leading to a few more showers early Friday. Low pressure develops along the front and rolls in here later Saturday into Sunday. Heavy rains appear to be a good bet, possibly leading to some flooding issues.

The European Model continues to show a lot of rain from today through Sunday:

Cool temps will accompany the rain and continue into next week. The European Model has a very cool Monday:

It even shows the possibility of upper 30s by Tuesday morning:

I leave you with your Thursday storm tracking tools…

Current watches
Current Watches

Possible watch areas
Current MDs

Make it a good one and take care.

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Stormy changes about to blow in

Good Wednesday, folks. It’s another mid-June like day taking shape for central and eastern Kentucky, but things are about to change in a big way. Strong to severe storms on Thursday will usher in a cooler and fairly damp pattern for the weekend ahead.

Let us begin with where we are today. Highs are in the low and middle 80s for much of the region under a mostly sunny sky. There’s a small threat for a shower or thunderstorm to go up. The best chance may wind up being across the western parts of the Commonwealth.

This area is closer to a big severe weather outbreak ongoing across the plains and Mississippi Valley. Here’s the current Severe Weather Outlook for our region:

This threat will move farther east into Kentucky and surrounding areas on Thursday. Damaging winds and large hail would be the main players to watch out for. Here’s the Thursday Severe Weather Outlook:

The extent of that severe threat is largely dependent on how early day storms behave just to our south and southwest.

Showers hang around into Friday as cooler winds blow back in here. This happens as a cold front slows down, allowing for another big storm system to develop and roll our way. Rain will increase from southwest to northeast later Saturday into Saturday night. Heavy rain and some thunder would then sweep through the state on Sunday.

This could cause local high water issues to develop in some areas. The European Model is cranking out several inches of rain from Thursday through Sunday:

Temps will be very cool as that system moves through, with a cooler than normal pattern through next week.

Make it a great Wednesday and take care.

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