Wed., March 13, 2019 6 P.M.
Thunderstorms likely tomorrow
This is the third time in recent weeks that the Storm Prediction Center(SPC) has put us in an area of potential severe storms. We are in a “slight risk” region tomorrow.
The first two times, the situation was the same. Very strong dynamics (wind fields) but little support from the thermodynamics (heat and humidity). As the old song goes, it takes two to tango. Both times, the partnership never happened, so the weather didn’t get to dance.
As is common in the early spring, the (almost) same situation exists again. But, there are some differences. Strong dynamics (upper winds, strong surface storm) are once again the prominent feature. But, the dynamics over the midwest/Ohio Valley will be weakening through tomorrow. Northward flow of heat and humidity is currently strong, but it also is expected to weaken.
So, overall the threat for severe storms over KY and southern IN tomorrow looks pretty small. The GFS is weak with storm development while the NAM is a little stronger and more in line with the SPC ideas. However, it keeps storms pretty weak over KY, but does point out a stronger threat over the northern two-thirds of IN tomorrow afternoon.
Here’s my forecast:
Mostly cloudy and breezy tonight…low…58. 70% chance for showers and/or thunderstorms after 4 A.M. continuing into mid-morning. (Rain/storms will be most likely along and west of I-65.)
Another area of showers and thunderstorms will likely cross the area between 4 P.M. and 7 P.M. tomorrow. Gusty winds around thunderstorms, but severe weather threat is quite low. Cooler weather arrives Friday.
Tomorrow is Pi Day. 3.14 on the calendar. Use some math, it won’t hurt (much).