Severe storm threat minimal

Sunday, June 11, 2023 5:30 P.M.

The Kentucky part of our area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 P.M. Should it be?

The original Watch issued by the Storm Prediction Center did not include the Louisville area. The original watch’s northern boundary covered pretty much of the southern half of the commonwealth. It’s pretty marginal, but a couple of isolated severe storms could hit southern KY this evening, especially near the Tennessee border.

Meanwhile, the Louisville office decided to include numerous counties in northern KY to the original Watch. Bad decision. Radar trends and model forecast trends continue show no threat of severe storms within at least 50 to 75 miles of the Ohio River. The local office invented a risk that doesn’t exist.

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