Thursday, August 2, 2012

Showers and storms possible late, early Friday....

     Conditions across the Commonwealth continued the hot slate the state has seen over the past month.  Sunny skies dominated the region as temperatures soared to the low to mid 90's.  Dew points hovered around the upper 50's to around 60 degrees helping keep humidity levels and heat indices less extreme.

     The current set up has a stationary front situated over the Central Plains that will continue to work into our region by Friday.  Winds will become more southerly and by midday Friday the deepening low pressure will continue sending moisture back into the area with dew points reaching the 70's.  CAPE values show a consistent 1500-2000 J/kg through the overnight hours helping spark these storms.  Some storms are expected to become severe with locally heavy rain, gusty wind, and possible hail.  These showers and storms are expected to take a more southerly track across the state as folks along and North of the I-64 corridor should remain dry.  

The NOAA/ HPC Friday Outlook

     The latest HPC map shows much needed precipitation falling over the driest parts of the state.  Far Western Ky counties are considered "exceptionally dry" as any rain would help ease those drought conditions. The map also backs up the idea of a more southerly track of this low across the region with parts of Northern Kentucky remaining dry. 

24-Hour HPC map valid for Friday 00z - Saturday 00z.  The maps
shows decent rainfall over Western Ky and into parts of Tennessee. 

     With showers and storms expected across the state, temperatures will be 5-10 degrees cooler than we had Thursday with cloud cover and the associated thunderstorms that will impact the area. Highs are expected in the mid to upper 80's across Kentucky under mostly cloudy skies for your Friday. 


Quick Outlook: 

Saturday: Expect highs in the low 90's under partly cloudy skies as the chance for scattered showers and storms stick around.  Lows for Saturday will be on the mild side in the mid 70's with southerly winds around 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Highs Sunday will be a tad cooler with temperatures topping out in the upper 80's. Mostly cloudy conditions and storms should prevail over Sunday as we prepare for a better shot of some rain across the state. Expect Southwest winds around 7-10 mph.

Forecast: Chris Johnson

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