The air quality is poor again today, but not quite as bad as yesterday. Air Quality Alert for today for the Louisville area: Jefferson Co, Bullitt Co, Oldham Co, Floyd Co and Clark Co.
We are at a Code Orange, which is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups: asthma, heart/lung disease, young children and the elderly. I expect the air quality will improve tomorrow with a cold front moving through. This cold front will push out the pollution that has settled in the Ohio Valley.
We will be under a slight risk of severe storms tomorrow... mainly at night.
From the NWS in Louisville... An unseasonably strong mid level disturbance and cold front will move through the Ohio Valley late Thursday night into Friday morning. A line of strong to severe storms is expected to develop ahead of these features Thursday afternoon, then will move into southern Indiana and northern Kentucky Thursday night. Heavy rain and cloud to ground lightning will be most common along with severe threats of damaging winds and large hail. Additionally, an isolated tornado threat cannot be ruled out as low and mid level winds will be oriented in such a way that rotating storms are possible. At this point, the best timing looks to be around Midnight for southern Indiana and into the early morning hours of Friday for northern Kentucky.
Although we may have to endure some severe weather, this cold front will bring a dramatic drop in temperatures as we head into the weekend. We are talking about 15 degrees cooler on Friday and Saturday afternoon compared to this afternoon.
Most of WAVE Country is still in a Moderate-Severe Drought, so the rain is needed. Although this won't be a "drought-buster", we could pick up 0.25"- 0.75" of an inch of rain Thursday through Friday.