Buckle up...lots of ups/downs ahead for us.
At least as have some "ups" :)
Buckle up...lots of ups/downs ahead for us.
At least as have some "ups" :)
Ready for 70? It's in the forecast along with some rain as we move toward midweek. More details in the video below!
Why is the sky blue? The atmosphere scatters shorter-wave blue light more than any other color. When the sun is low in the sky during sunrise and sunset the sky turns red because the light has more atmosphere to travel through before it reaches your eye, thus scattering the longer-wave red light as well.
We're not done with the cold weather yet but the upcoming week certainly does look spring-like for quite a portion of it. I'm not seeing any appreciable snow chances in the forecast but ther are a couple of things we're watching. Check out my latest thoughts in the video below!
Did you know that snow is actually colorless? We see snow as white because it reflects all the colors of the rainbow back to your eye but the snoew itself has no color. The next time a snowflake lands on your sleeve be sure to look at it closely... you'll see it's transparent!
This will be one of those days that you'll want to get outside and soak up the sunshine. Temperatures will be in the upper 50s this afternoon, and if you're in the sun, it will feel more like the 60s. Hide the kids iPods and cell phones, and make them get outside after school and enjoy the solar vortex!
A cold front approaches the area tomorrow night. This will bring a chance of rain after 6pm, and it will taper off before 3am early Sunday morning. As the precip comes to an end, cold air could reach portions of Southern Indiana to bring just a few snowflakes, sleet or freezing drizzle for Lawrence, Jackson, Jennings, Orange, Washington and Scott counties. This could even reach Carroll and Trimble counties in KY. This cold front will drop temperatures temporarily on Sunday, but we will get the sunshine back during the afternoon to end the weekend.
This cold front will not bring us much rain at all. In fact, much of WAVE Country will stay dry, so if you're heading out Saturday night, you may want to have an umbrella with you or in the car to be on the safe side.
Another cold front approaches Wednesday through Thursday. This one has the chance to drop temperatures significantly AND bring another round of snow. I know, I know... not again... Temperatures will be cooler on Wednesday as rain moves in, and temperatures will drop even more when the cold air behind the cold front moves in on Thursday.
This blast of cold air will barely allow temperatures to go above freezing on Thursday. With the chance of some wrap around moisture on the back end of the cold front, there's a chance for SNOW on Thursday.
The following video is a DISCUSSION of the pattern ahead. Not a forecast. So if you are curious what the data is showing...feel free to watch. If not, then don't :)
This time of the year, we see large swings in our weather patterns. It usually takes until mid to late April to see a balance take place and we prepare for the summer. So expect many changes weather pattern.
As always...we will keep you updated.
Enjoy the warmer weather moving in. We deserve this.
1. The potholes are getting as wide as a Louisville Slugger
2. Bread and milk stocks are frequently low at the store
(image: Michael Carson)
3. 40 degrees is the new 70
4. The meteorologists have lost their minds
5. Parking space lines are a myth
6. Posting pictures of your car wash has become a thing
Have another sign that Louisville is over winter? Post it to our WAVE 3 Weather Facebook page.
A Kentucky Statewide TORNADO DRILL will occur at 10:07 this morning. You'll hear the sirens go off, your weather radio alarm will sound and we will break into programming to make sure everyone knows that this is just a drill. March is severe weather awareness month, so this is the perfect opportunity to practice your severe weather plan.
We still see some freezing fog on some of our SkyTrack cameras to the south of Louisville. A FREEZING FOG ADVISORY has been issued, so use caution driving in these areas. Freezing fog not only reduces visibilities, it also can put a thin layer of ice on roads. Freezing fog is super-cooled water vapor that freezing on contact once it hits a surface like trees, sidewalks or roads.
We are dealing with above freezing temperatures in the afternoon and below freezing at night. Add that to the snow outside, and we get melting snow in the day and freezing water at night. So use caution for icy patches from the re-freeze overnight. Tonight and tomorrow morning we could have ice in some areas too. Watch out especially on sidewalks and outdoor stairs.
If you want to get your money's worth, today would be an ideal day for a car wash. You'll want to wait until the afternoon (maybe your lunch break) for above freezing tempertures. Our next chance of precipitation will be on Saturday. Wash all that salt away, and hope for some sunny days!
Today will be warmer than yesterday as our warming trend continues. We will continue the warm up and head into the 50s on Friday with wall to wall sunshine! We even have some 60s in the forecast for next week!
A few notes ....
1- KY Statewide Tornado Drill takes place tomorrow at 10:07 AM EST. Granted, many schools may miss this due to snowy/icy roads leading to cancellations yet again. The drill cannot be delayed again due to FCC regulations.
2- Set your clocks AHEAD one hour this weekend. Daylight Saving Time is back!
3- St. Patrick's Day is March 17th. The annual parade in the Highlands takes place the Saturday before---March 15th.
4- Spring Begins on March 20th at 12:57pm.
Weatherwise... still pretty chilly out. We had lows this morning ranging from below zero to the east...around 10 above locally...and teens to the west. Some mid-level clouds rolled in last night that helps central/western sections from dropping too low.
This week looks fairly quiet. There is a wave moving through the region on Thursday that will track south of us and dig into a stronger low off the Carolina coast. Latest EURO captures that well.
The NAM is the only model right now that is trying to move the upper low closer to KY. That would mean wintry precip for the state---but right now the NAM is the outliner on this idea. Data supports a coastal low. We will monitor.
The weekend features a front heading toward us from the NW. But it looks to be starving for moisture.
We plan to keep rain chances very small at this stage for the weekend.
The warmth will build in the coming days. It may stall a bit Thursday with that system to our south, but once that is out of the way--the warm flow kicks in. Highs into the 50s.
Since the weekend front isn't too impressive, the cooldown from it on Sunday looks minor...mainly 40s. This also means the south flow on Monday could be even stronger. If that is the case...60s on Monday look likely.
The GEM ensembles do show a cold wave near the 13th. Other models are trending this way too. So it does appears some rain (may ending as snow) would be possible during the 13th-16th. But we have time to get a clearer picture on that.
The even longer range does suggest an easing of the cold by late month with some warmer air moving in.
I wish I could say this would hold until April, but I am still getting signals of cold blasts even then. So it appears we will have some warm-ups...but they will be brief in nature. This also means the chance to see more snowflakes fall the rest of this season is higher than normal.
At least that is keeping the severe storm risk low. Glass half full, right?
Even though it will still be chilly today, we are beginning a warming trend that will eventually take us to the 50s for the weekend. Temperatures today will be warmer than yesterday, but still below normal for this time of year. Normal highs for early March are in the lower to mid 50s.
While we are dealing with the cold, The Big Easy is dealing with cool temperatures and rain on this Fat Tuesday. Something tells me that won't stop party goers in the least. ;-)
A look back at the winter storm from last night across the state.
Louisville Metro picked up 2-4" of sleet/snow.
Some higher totals from spotters in the 6" range to the south.
Oh yeah, 16 days left until Spring :)