After thunderstorms and rain rolled through south-central Kentucky on Wednesday evening, Thursday was a much calmer day with only an isolated thunderstorm here or there. Bowling Green and Warren County dodged the worst of the storms Wednesday evening and to my knowledge no thunderstorm damage was reported in Warren County despite being under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for some time. The worst of the storms went just to our north and east where straight line winds knocked down trees and power lines; an EF-2 tornado was even confirmed in NE Larue County. Little, if any, rain fell in the southern half of the county, while some places in the northern to northeast parts picked up 0.25" to nearly 1.0". As mentioned the system moved out creating a mostly sunny and warm day for Thursday. An unusual pattern for June/July is now setting up that will bring back some rain chances in the coming days and also some unseasonably cool air.
The upper-level wind pattern, or the jet stream, is currently becoming an very amplified pattern with a large ridge in the western US and a large trough in the east. Generally speaking, warm temperatures are associated with a ridge while cool temperatures are associated with a trough. This generalization will certainly say alot for the nation's weather this weekend. Beneath the ridge in the west very hot temperatures will occur; areas near/in Death Valley, CA will be in the upper 120s for the next several days! Meanwhile we are forecast to be 5-10 degrees BELOW average for this time of year starting Saturday and continuing into most next week! Highs will be in the low 80s with lows in the low 60s. The reverse of this was occurring this time last year as a ridge was bringing a string of record breaking heat during a time of drought. Records at the Bowling Green Airport included 106 on June 28th and 110 on June 29th.
Today: 30% chance of a few showers this morning with skies becoming partly to mostly sunny by early afternoon. High near 88. An isolated thunderstorm/shower cannot be ruled out this afternoon. West-Northwest wind at 6-12 mph.
Tonight: Clear to mostly clear skies with a low near 64. Light west to west-northwest winds at 3-8 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny skies with a high near 83. 30% chance of thunderstorms by the afternoon. West to west-northwest winds at 6-12 mph.
Saturday Night: 40% chance of a few thunderstorms before midnight, otherwise partly to mostly cloudy skies with a low around 62.
Sunday: Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies with a 40% chance of a few showers/thunderstorms. Unseasonably cool with a high near 80. West-northwest winds at 3-8 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with 40% chance of a few showers/thunderstorms before midnight. Low in the low 60s.
Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of a few showers/thunderstorms with a high near 80.
Forecaster: Ryan Difani