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Wednesday Morning Bowling Green Weather Update

Real-time Bowling Green weather radar:

Today 1/28 – Mostly Sunny – High 44º / Tonight – Clouds Increasing; Chance of Rain Late – Low 37º

Good Wednesday morning, Bowling Green! For those of us back here at WKU and for all of you trying to make it through the workweek, it’s hump day!

Happy Dance

via giphy.com

That’s not the only reason to be excited today, however. The sunshine is back. Yes, that bright, fiery ball of gas will be making an appearance, along with some blue sky today. Reason this is so? High pressure at the surface and ridging aloft will be moving eastward across the region, allowing for mostly sunny skies. This will definitely be a nice change of pace from the cloudy days we’ve come to know this winter in Bowling Green. Highs will be close to the seasonal average, with temperatures in the mid-40s.

Wed Noon

WPC Surface Map, Valid Noon Wednesday, via NOAA

High pressure will move off toward New England this evening, making way for the next system to affect our area. A low pressure system currently situated in the Upper Great Plains will be tracking eastward towards Kentucky, bringing an increase of clouds ahead of it. We will hit our low temperature early on in the night, as temperatures will increase after midnight due to warm air advection ahead of the low pressure center. Lows look to remain in the mid to upper-30s for tonight.

Thursday 1/29 – Scattered Showers; Breezy – High 50º / Thursday Night – Chance of Showers Early – Low 29º

As the low pressure system continues to track eastward toward the Great Lakes, light precipitation will fall beginning early Thursday morning. Temperatures will be fairly warm Thursday, with a high around 50°, thanks to southerly winds. A cold front will swing through Thursday afternoon, causing winds to shift to the northwest and cooler temperatures flow in behind. Winds up to 15 mph are expected.

Thursday 6

WPC Surface Map, Valid 6 AM Thursday, via NOAA

As precipitation ends Thursday evening and colder temperatures filter in, there is a slight chance that lingering precipitation may transition to snow late. No significant accumulation is expected. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s/lower 30s Thursday night.

Friday 1/30- Mostly Sunny – High 39º / Friday Night – Partly Cloudy; Colder – Low 25º

High pressure makes a return on Friday, allowing mostly sunny skies and dry conditions to prevail once again. Temperatures will remain fairly chilly, as cold air and winds from the northwest continue to flow and prevent highs from making it out of the upper 30s. Lows will bottom out at around 25° Friday night.

Next chance of precipitation comes into play Saturday night and into Sunday.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Make sure to follow @WarrenCountyWX and @WxOrNotBG for the latest weather info!  Have a great day!

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Tuesday Afternoon Weather Update

Real-time Radar:

This Afternoon – Cloudy; Stray Shower Possible – High 36º / Tonight – Decreasing Clouds – Low 23º

3pm 36˚ – 6pm 34˚ – 9pm 29˚ – 12am 27˚ – 3am 25˚ – 6am 23˚

It has been another dreary day across southern Kentucky this afternoon as there are some pesky low clouds around the region. These clouds have limited temperatures to the middle 30s this afternoon.


Visible satellite imagery valid at 1:45 PM CST today (Courtesy: NASA)

Kentucky is experiencing northwest flow in the jet stream today as we are on the backside of an upper-level trough. Northwest flow will help to keep clouds around the area through this evening and it’s possible there could be a stray rain or snow shower before midnight tonight although widespread precipitation is not expected.


12Z NAM 250mb heights & winds valid at 3pm CST today (Courtesy: Twisterdata)

Surface high pressure will begin to build over the Ohio Valley and overnight and we can expect to see a decrease in clouds after midnight. Low temperatures will reach the lower to middle 20s under mostly clear skies.

Wednesday 1/28 – Mostly Sunny – High 44º / Wed Night – Increasing Clouds – Low 3

Southern Kentucky will finally see a break in the dreary weather tomorrow thanks to surface high pressure and weak upper-level ridging.


Predicted surface analysis valid at 6am Wednesday (Courtesy: WPC)

It will be slightly warmer tomorrow with high temperatures expected to reach the lower 40s. The real story will be the return of the sunshine as we can expect mostly clear skies. Many residents of southern Kentucky may not be used to seeing the Sun after days of cloud cover.

After a brief absence, clouds will return tomorrow night as an area of low pressure to our northwest begins to move east towards Kentucky. Ahead of this low, we can expect some warm air advection in our area which will keep our low temperatures in the middle 30s tomorrow night.

Thursday 1/29  Cloudy; Sct’d Showers; Breezy  High 50º / Thu night – Iso’d Showers Early; Cloudy – Low 29º

Surface low pressure will continue moving to the east on Thursday and we expect precipitation to begin impacting southern Kentucky around sunrise. Temperatures will make a run at 50º  so we will just be dealing with rain showers and precipitation amounts look to be around 0.1″.

A surface cold front will plow west-to-east across the state late on Thursday afternoon and we will see surface winds turn to the northwest as colder air moves in behind the system. If the cold air can catch up to the remaining moisture we could see precipitation briefly end as snow showers Thursday evening with no accumulations expected at this time.

Precipitation looks to end by midnight on Thursday and low temperatures will bottom out in the upper 20s.

That’s all I’ve got for this afternoon. Be sure to follow @WxOrNotBG and @WarrenCountyWX on Twitter for real-time weather updates.

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Blizzard Of Boredom = Our Forecast

Real-time Radar:

Today 1/27 – Cloudy “Blerg” – High 36ºF Tonight – Mostly cloudy – Low of 25ºF.

Well, in contrast to last night’s snowfall, today should be a quieter. We saw total snow accumulations ranging from a nice dusting to ~1.5″, which boded very well with our forecast from yesterday.  The highest totals were actually reported from downtown Bowling Green.  Was it enough to have a little fun with?  Absolutely!

It’s worth noting that lingering flurries and what’s known as freezing drizzle has created a few travel issues this morning.  Main roads seem fine, but you still need to exercise caution.  A few slick spots are possible on secondary roads, as well as bridges & overpasses.  The National Weather Service has a Traveler’s Advisory in effect for the entire area until 9am.

A lot of low level moisture will hang around this morning, as northerly flow filters in behind the system that gave us the snow last night.

We’ll see clouds hang tough throughout much of the day and into the overnight.  Temps look to stay cool because of this. We’ll have north-northeast winds at the surface, which is why I expect temps to be limited to the mid 30s.

The HRRR showing NNE winds at the surface tomorrow, leading to cooler temps underneath the clouds. h/t weatherbell.com

The HRRR showing NNE winds at the surface tomorrow, leading to cooler temps underneath the clouds. h/t weatherbell.com

Other than that, things look to be rather lame.  Some models are depicting low level moisture scattering out of here earlier tonight.

I don’t necessarily buy this, and that’s why I’m keeping temps (overnight lows) up a bit across the region.  If clouds hang around all night, look for temps to be in the upper 20s. If clouds clear out, look for temps to fall into the lower 20s.

Wednesday 1/28 – Mostly Sunny – High of 43ºF Wed Night – Increasing clouds; iso’d showers late – Low of 34ºF

Well, this looks like its gonna be the best weather day of the week. We’ll be in between systems on “hump day,” and we’re looking at clouds FINALLY giving us a much needed break from their presence.

It’s the return of dat sun, RON!  Get with it.

I think with the sunshine in place, and winds shifting to the south and southwest by the afternoon, we’ll see temps climb into the low and maybe even mid 40s. Break out the shorts!

As we head into the overnight hours, clouds will likely increase very quickly as another clipper begins to slide southeast out of Canada. Southwesterly flow and clouds will help keep temps up out ahead of this system. Models are often times a bit too fast on the arrival of clipper systems (they move very quickly), and I would imagine that we end up seeing rain begin late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Hi-res NAM seems a lot more realistic that smooth models with rainfall timing. h/t weatherbell.com

Hi-res NAM Radar Model (Valid 3am Thursday) – h/t weatherbell.com

Thursday: Cloudy, and morning showers. Breezy, with a high of 48ºF. Thur. night: Cloudy. Low of 29ºF.

Cloudy… AGAIN!?!

My reaction to cloudy days at this point. h/t giphy.com

My reaction to cloudy days at this point. h/t giphy.com

How often will the atmosphere keep doing this to us? It’s gonna be another cloudy one with scattered showers across the area.  We all know what that means…

They're everywhere! h/t quickmeme.com

They’l be everywhere! h/t quickmeme.com

With a clipper system sliding to our north, our pressure gradient is looking to tighten just ahead of and right after an associated cold front.  This could lead to several hours of some gusty winds across the region, and that is something to keep an eye on as we head into Thursday morning across south central Kentucky

The Hi-res NAM is painting 15-20 mph sustained winds across the area Thursday morning. h/t weatherbell.com

The Hi-res NAM is painting 15-20 mph sustained winds across the area Thursday morning. h/t weatherbell.com

After the front passes, temps look like they will fall throughout the day and into the night, but overnight lows don’t look to be too low. Temps will likely only fall into the upper 20s due to thick cloud cover residing over the region.

Well, that is all I have for this post! Between now and when I post again, I’ll be watching and studying the major blizzard affecting the Northeast!

Make sure to follow @WxOrNotBG and @WarrenCountyWx for the latest real-time weather information from across the region.  Have a great Tuesday, and thanks for reading!