DROUGHT CONTINUES…Nationwide the drought has been horrible. We’ve been saying we desperately need the rain in Kentuckiana , even though for some crops like corn it’s too late. It would be beneficial to have a nice soaking rain, but without the threat of severe weather. Below are the updated drought conditions…as you can see we need the rain.
SEVERE STORMS…Some areas may pick up rain this evening/overnight but there is a chance of severe storms too. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH has been issued until midnight for areas just North and West of the Louisville metro. At this time this does not include the Louisville metro…but it comes close, a county away from Clark to Floyd and Harrison in Southern Indiana. Much of our Southern Indiana counties are included in the watch in addition to Meade and Breckinridge counties in Kentucky.
TIMING…A few isolated storms have developed ahead of a line of storms that is currently positioned in Illinois. This will be a concern as we head into the evening hours as some of those storms could produce damaging winds and reach severe criteria. The line itself is also racing to the South and East and will impact parts of our area, especially those located to our to our North and West. The line of storms in Illinois has produced several severe thunderstorm warnings in addition to a few tornado warnings in North Central IL. The tornado warnings are due to higher shear (twisting winds) in IL. Shear values are less in our area so while gusty winds are possible the tornado threat diminishes greatly by the time the storms arrive here. Bottom line, there is a chance for a few warnings over the next several hours but we aren’t expecting this to be a widespread severe weather outbreak.
LOOKING AHEAD…The cold front is expected to slide to our South and East by sunrise tomorrow. We’ll hold onto lingering showers and isolated storms through that time frame before drying out by early afternoon tomorrow for areas along and West of I-65. With the daytime heating tomorrow a few gusty storms could develop in our Southeastern counties before diminishing after sunset tomorrow. Much cooler temps will develop in the wake of the front…low 80s tomorrow and by this weekend upper 70s for highs and near record lows in the 50s. Turn to WAVE 3 for the latest forecast. Have a great day!