Monthly Archives: April 2023

Storms getting closer

3:45 P.M. Wed. April 5, 2023

It appears the Storm Prediction Center is catching on to the reality of the current system over the central U.S. For 6- 8 hours they had Tornado Watches covering a vast area from Louisiana to Michigan. As of this time the number of tornadoes reported has been 0. There have been about 50 severe storm reports scattered throughout that area.

The most recent Watches covering the situation have been downgraded to Severe Thunderstorm and even that may be stretching it a bit. As mentioned earlier today, the thunderstorm line is moving into a less favorable environment, so I wouldn’t expect much, if any, severe weather this evening. Computer models continue to weaken the system for the next few hours.

Between 4 and 5 p.m. a weakening line of showers will spread northeast along the Ohio River near Louisville. Most of this activity will be over southern Indiana, but parts of northern Jefferson County could get some rain as well.

The main line of storms should push across the metro area between 5 and 6 p.m. Heavy downpours are likely as well as strong gusty winds. An isolated severe storm warning is possible, but not likely.

Curious situation

Wed, April 5, 2023 Noon

Severe Storms Center is paying a lot of attention to today’s situation. At Noon, they have Tornado Watches in a solid line from Louisiana to Michigan. Right now, conditions are ripe hundreds of miles to our west.

But, this is a dying weather system spawning the current storms. As weather patterns ease during the afternoon, strong/severe storms should have a harder time forming. As the cold front slowly moves eastward this afternoon/evening, it will be losing it’s supporting wind field and instability.

As a result, severe storms should become more isolated along the front as the threat diminishes. The primary line of thunderstorms is expected to move through Louisville metro between 5 and 7 P.M.