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Another Update

6 P.M May 8, 2024

Latest model updates indicate two episodes of showers/storms tonight. The first will be here roughly 7-9 PM. As mentioned before, any severe storms with this system are likely to stay south of the Louisville area.

Second system will be around 1-5 AM. It’ll be a little stronger than the first system. However, any severe storms with this system are also likely to stay south of Louisville area.

Storms approaching

Wed. May 8, 2024 5 P.M.

5:15 P.M. update to adjust timing… Rain showers should arrive in Louisville by around 6 P.M. Most of the severe storms over western KY are taking a path which will keep them south of Louisville – KY areas along and south of the Parkway will see the brunt of the storm activity over the next few hours.

Meanwhile, another severe cluster in the Owensboro to Evansville area could bring storms to the Louisville area between 7 and 9 P.M.

Original post below….

Today has been a very active severe weather day. Severe systems from yesterday continued overnight with severe weather (mostly hail). The storms have remained active today and are now becoming stronger and more numerous.

Western Kentucky has had significant hail storms most of the day. We are now seeing a new batch of storms developing rapidly and moving northeast. This cluster of potentially severe storms will arrive in the Louisville area between 6 and 7 P.M. Areas southwest of Louisville will see the storms sooner while areas north east of the city will see a later arrival. The Storm Prediction Center expects this to be an “all threats” situation. Large hail remains the greatest threat, but high winds and possibly some tornadoes may also develop.

Biggest threat to our region will end before Midnight as the system moves east.  

Stuff

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Outlook getting better

Thursday, May 2, 2024 5:30 P.M.

The forecast for Oaks Day has called for rain since late last week. Then, Derby Day weather looked very good. Earlier this week, the Derby Day forecast started to look questionable as well. As we approach these two “special” days, the picture has become clearer along with better news.

First, a weak upper air disturbance coming out of Texas today will cross the lower Ohio Valley late tonight/tomorrow morning. This will bring us rain and possible thundershowers during that time frame. However, recent model trends show the rain moving east of I-65 between Noon and 2 P.M. So, Oaks Day should get off to a wet start but the prime racing hours during mid to late afternoon should be rain-free. Skies should remain mostly cloudy with muggy temperatures reaching about 80 by late afternoon.

Second, another (even weaker) upper air system will cross over TN into WV tomorrow night. Any rain from this system should remain over southern and eastern KY. As this system moves east Saturday, it will leave behind a very pleasant Derby Day for us – sunny to partly cloudy skies with warm temperatures reaching as high as 83-85 degrees!

Now, if I could just figure out the horses!

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Storms update

5:25 P.M. Tuesday April 2, 2024

Activity has acted as suspected. Heaviest storms are over southern IN – along and north of I-265 in Floyd Co, – moving rapidly ENE. Over KY a narrow line of storms is moving ENE onto Louisville area. Strong winds are biggest threat, but the threat is certainly much less than SPC’s Watch of a few hours ago led me to believe. Storms will be generally weakening as they cross our area over the next two hours.

Some mostly minor damage can be expected.

Tornado Watch

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 3:50

The Storm Prediction Center is about to Issue a Tornado Watch for southern IN and central KY. Louisville is right in the middle of the Watch.

The main focus for severe weather today was expected to be mostly eastern Kentucky, but clouds from this morning’s storms have held temperatures down to levels where it has been hard to generate instability.

Meanwhile, the weak cool front/dry line crossing western IN southwestward into Tennessee has been slowly trying to generate thunderstorms. The area has the advantage of warming sunshine to induce greater instability. The upper winds are very strong, so severe weather can be expected from any thunderstorm that can form. The wind fields are conducive to tornado formation. Any supercell that manages to develop in this situation could easily produce strong (F2 or higher) tornadoes. Instability required to manufacture strong thunderstorms is somewhat limited, but if supercells can form, we’re in for trouble.

At this time (4 :15 P.M.) the strongest storms are over southwest IN moving northeast at 50-60 mph. That puts southern IN under the greatest threat of damaging weather now. In this case, damaging weather should stay 30-40 miles north of the Ohio River. Primary time for storms to arrive in Louisville area will be 5:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M.

Currently, thunderstorms in western KY are having a tough time developing. If that trend continues, the threat for damaging weather over the Louisville area will be low.

More later.

Storm update

Feb.27, 2024 11 PM

Southern part of system has been slow to develope, but should become quite active in the next few hours. 1st round of storms mentioned earlier will not be a factor. Activity will be concentrated on both sides of the cold front scheduled to arrive in area around 6 AM.

Thus, 4-7 AM looks to be “prime time” for severe weather. This system is packed with energy, so strong to very strong winds (50-75 mph) will be possible. In addition, hail will be possible. Some tornadoes are likely to be scattered across the area.

Tornado Watch until 6 AM. Storm Prediction Center puts us at a moderate risk for high winds, hail, tornadoes and strong tornadoes (EF 2 or higher). Widespread power outages are expected

Keep alert for possible warnings late tonight.

Worrisome night

Atmospheric conditions are lining up in a familiar pattern. It’s a pattern that often wreaks havoc over the Gulf Coast states during winter nights.

This time, the system is farther north and seems to have its sights along the Ohio River later tonight. The moisture component is weak, but the dynamic wind patterns are very strong. That should easily overcome the moisture problem

A storm system developing over IL will send a strong cold front into the Ohio Valley overnight. As that encounters somewhat wetter air to our west, I expect two lines of thunderstorms to form tonight. A prefrontal line should in the area about 2-4 AM. Strong wind gusts are possible (50 mph+) as they pass over.

The cold frontal line should be here roughly 5-7AM. It should be even stronger. The Storm Prediction Center says wind gusts could reach as high as 75 mph. In addition, due to the enhanced wind fields, some tornados will be likely.

At the least, I expect we’ll see widespread power outages.

Keep alert tonight!

Snow update

5 P.M. Friday, Feb. 14, 2024

Forget much of what I said yesterday and earlier today. There’s been a development recently that looks like it’ll change the snow forecast.

The overall large scale picture remains the same, however, there’s a fly in the ointment. A wedge of dry air has appeared to our west and will push up the Ohio River over the next few hours. That will split the precipitation into two sectors – one north of the Ohio River and one to the south. Roughly 20 miles (or so) either side of the river will see less snow than earlier thought.

Another change is that we’ll probably see more sleet than expected. I had pretty much written off sleet as a brief interval during the rain to snow transition. Models are now pointing to a longer period of sleet. So, less snow.

Current thinking: We are now in a lull of precipitation due to that dry wedge. The sleet to snow transition should occur between 6 P.M. and 7 P.M. Any significant snow should be over by 8 P.M. and any lingering flurries will be gone by 9 P.M.

Snow accumulation for Louisville area should be small…up to one inch on grassy areas. Slick spots should develop (mostly) around bridges and overpasses.

Rain/snow on the way

Friday, Feb.16, 2024 12:30 P.M.

A few minor tweeks to yesterday’s post…

1). Faster timing. Now looks like rain should start about 4 P.M. with change to snow about – 6-7 P.M. then snow ending by about 9 P.M.

2). Stronger system. Rain/snow totals have been increased by most models.

3). Slight shift south? The GFS still holds firm to the 1″ snow line right along I-64 with four other models pushing it about 20-30 miles south.

4). Snow forecast. Greater confidence in about a 1″ accumulation for most of Jefferson County on grassy areas this evening. Areas north of I-64, could see 1″-2″ snowfall on grassy areas and possibly more over southern Indiana. Slick spots develop on area highways after 6 P.M.

Some wet snow late tomorrow

Thursday, Feb.15, 2024 6 P.M.

A weak upper level disturbance over Nevada now will race eastward and deposit some rain and snow over the area by late tomorrow afternoon. Temperatures will begin to drop tonight and northeasterly winds will keep the colder air over us tomorrow. Nevertheless, temperatures will reach the lower 40’s tomorrow before falling when rain starts.

Westerly upper level winds over the southern U.S. will keep inflow of Gulf moisture very low, so the disturbance will not have much moisture with which to work (My high school English teacher would be so proud.). So, total precipitation will be low, probably less than .20″.

Current timing has rain beginning around 4-5 P.M. tomorrow and quickly mixing with snow. Most likely it’ll be all snow by 6-7 P.M. and be gone by 9-10 P.M. The temperature should remain above freezing until close to the end of the event.

Soil and road temperatures should remain above freezing throughout the rain/snow. Roads will remain wet EXCEPT some bridges and overpasses near the end of the snow. Grassy areas may see snow accumulations of up to an inch.

Note: Snow accumulations up to an inch only for areas along and north of I-64. Areas south of I-64 will get little or no accumulation.

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