Sat. Oct 26, 2019 3 P.M
Windy and wet
As I usually do when I get up in the morning, I turn on NOAA Weather Radio to get an idea on what the latest ideas are. I didn’t get much help today. Rain…yes, but that has been pretty obvious for the past couple of days.
But, high winds were also expected today. Here’s what I got… from the “official forecast” the winds were predicted for this afternoon to be 15-25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. However, there was also a Wind Advisory. That said late afternoon gusts would be 40-45 mph with a few gusts possibly reaching 50 mph. Well, there is quite a difference between 30 mph and 50 mph gusts. Thirty is pretty ordinary; fifty can create significant damage. So we’re getting two very different forecasts at the same time! Probably should have just used the word “windy” and let everybody decide for themselves.
At least the Noon forecast updated the gusts up to 35 mph, but that doesn’t change the situation very much.
Meanwhile, the latest short term models have been lowering their wind predictions. Current indications point to the strongest wind gusts should be between 4 and 7 P.M. My best current estimate is for gusts reaching 35 and 40 mph with perhaps into the low 40’s
U of L’s Homecoming game should see those gusty winds and about a 50-50 mix of showers/no showers during the game.
UK’s game should also see a rain/no rain mix. However, the winds should be quite a bit weaker. Top gusts around 30 mph or so.