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Real-time Observation for Bowling Green, KY

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Wednesday’s Bowling Green Weather Update

Real-Time Bowling Green Weather Radar:

This Afternoon – Mostly Sunny; Warm – High 88º / Tonight – Mostly Clear – Low 60º

3pm 88º – 6pm 80º – 9pm 71º – 12am 67º – 3am 63º – 6am 60º

Who would’ve thought the first day of October would feel this warm?! I agree.  Ridging aloft across the eastern United States will control our weather for one more day. In return, we’ve seen plenty of sunshine across southern Kentucky as temperatures soared into the upper 80’s.

Some cloud cover will be spotted across the area through the remainder of your afternoon and evening hours. However, I think a bulk of the cloud cover will stick just to our west through tonight. With that said, look for mostly clear and cool conditions as lows drop right around the 60º mark.

Thu – Partly Cloudy; Iso’d Storms – High 90º / Thu Night – Cloudy; Thunderstorms Likely – Low 67º

Here’s where our weather really takes a turn. Of course, the aforementioned ridging aloft finally weakens and clears the region while a deep upper-level trough digs towards the Ohio Valley. At the surface, a low pressure and its associated cold front will gather some steam across the Central Plains and work eastward through the day.

500mb Heights & Winds map. Valid for Thu 7pm (College of DuPage).

500mb Heights & Winds map. Valid for Thu 7pm (College of DuPage).

Our temperatures will be hot as the surface warm front engulfs the Commonwealth. Southerly flow will continue pumping in plenty of warmth and moisture ahead of this front as winds increase around 10-20 mph. A few isolated storms will certainly be possible for the afternoon period, so keep those umbrellas handy just in case you get caught in a quick downpour.

WPC Forecast Surface Map for Bowling Green Weather. Valid for Thu 7pm.

WPC Forecast Surface Map for Bowling Green Weather. Valid for Thu 7pm.

After looking at the latest model data, it seems that the precipitation will push through the area late Thursday night/early Friday morning. Thunderstorms will fire along and ahead of the cold front before tracking eastward across the Ozarks. Decent convective parameters (wind shear ~ 30 knots & instability ~ 5-750 J/kg) will be in place for southern & western Kentucky.

While the severe threat doesn’t look all that impressive, some storms could be on the stronger side through early Friday morning. With decent precipitable water values (near 1.8”), locally heavy rainfall will be a major threat. Bouts of gusty winds and vivid lightning will also be of concern. Overnight lows will dip into the upper 60’s.

Precipitable Water Map…Valid for (College of DuPage).

Precipitable Water Map…Valid for Fri 7am (College of DuPage).

Fri – Mostly Cloudy; Thunderstorms Likely – High 74º / Fri Night – Mostly Clear; Chilly – Low 43º

We’ll end the work week on a soggy note. Ongoing showers and storms will occur through the morning hours on Friday until early afternoon. Look for most precipitation to finally slide eastward of southern Kentucky by mid-afternoon as things begin to dry out. Total rainfall amounts will generally range from 0.50” – 1.0” for Bowling Green weather. Cooler air will filter across the region as highs struggle the reach the mid 70’s.

Hi-Res NAM (4k) Simulated Radar – Valid Fri 7am. - weatherbell.com

Hi-Res NAM (4k) Simulated Radar – Valid Fri 7am. – weatherbell.com

The cold front will finally clear the state by Friday night as skies clear out from west to east. Some of the coolest air we’ve had in a while will take over as overnight lows will be chilly. Temperatures will dip into the lower 40’s.

That does it for now, folks. Be sure to stay up to date with all your real time Bowling Green weather info @WxOrNotBG and @WarrenCountyWX on twitter. Stay weather aware!

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Cool Down Looming For Bowling Green Weather

Real Time Bowling Green Weather Radar:

Today 10/1 – AM Fog; Partly Cloudy – High 88° / Tonight – Partly Cloudy – Low 61°

Upper level flow will increase in response to a developing upper level trough in the mid section of the nation. This will stream warm, moist air from the south and southwest into the region. Due to the influx of moisture and heat into the region, we’ll expect partly cloudy skies to develop in the afternoon and evening hours. A high of 88° can be expected.

h/t buzzfeed

h/t buzzfeed

Conditions should be able to clear off some during the overnight hours, but thunderstorms to the west may still lead to some partly cloudy skies. Thus, partly cloudy skies can be expected with a low of 61°.

Thursday 10/2 – Isolated Thunderstorms – High 87° / Thur Night – Scattered Thunderstorms – Low 67°

A low pressure system and its associated cold front will take aim on our region on Thursday. This will provide the necessary lifting mechanism to develop rain chances in the forecast for the first time in a while. A few isolated thunderstorms may form during the afternoon hours while we are placed in the warm sector of the advancing low pressure system. An afternoon high around 87° can be expected.

Hi-Res NAM Simulated Radar - Valid Thursday Afternoon - weatherbell.com

Hi-Res NAM Simulated Radar – Valid Thursday Afternoon – weatherbell.com

Thunderstorms will form along a cold front to the west of the region during the afternoon and evening hours on Thursday. These will march west with time. Adequate wind shear and instability will be in place across the region to keep storms going as they enter the Bowling Green area in the overnight hours. The mostly likely time frame for thunderstorms will be in the early morning hours on Friday. A few storms may be strong with vivid lightning, heavy rain, and gusty winds. Overnight lows will be around 67°.

Friday 10/3 – Morning Thunderstorms – High 76° / Fri Night – Partly Cloudy – Low 44°

Friday morning will bring widespread thunderstorms to the region. Rainfall may continue into the late morning hours. As the cold front makes its passage through the region, conditions should begin to clear up some. You can expect falling temperatures after an afternoon high of 76°. Most of the day will likely be cloudy with some clouds breaking up by the evening hours.

Hi-Res NAM Simulated Radar - Valid Friday AM - weatherbell.com

Hi-Res NAM Simulated Radar – Valid Friday AM – weatherbell.com

Friday night will bring decreasing clouds to the region. The cold front will have moved through the region, taking all the moisture with it. We’ll be left with partly cloudy skies overnight with a chilly low of 44°.

That should wrap up this forecast. Be sure to follow @WxOrNotBG for all the latest Bowling Green weather details. Have a great day!

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Tuesday Afternoon Weather Update

Real Time Bowling Green Weather Radar:

This Afternoon – Mostly Clear – High 86° / Tonight – Mostly Clear – Low 54°

3pm 85º – 6pm 77º – 9pm 68º – 12am 61º – 3am 57º – 6am 54º

Another beautiful day is underway in southern Kentucky thanks to some slight upper-level ridging. Calm winds and mostly clear skies have accompanied temperatures in the lower to middle 80s this afternoon.

Skies will remain mostly clear overnight and we will see our low temperatures drop into the lower to middle 50s. With calm winds expected, a few spots could see some patchy fog develop by tomorrow afternoon.

Wednesday 10/1 – Mostly Clear – High 86° / Wed Night – Partly Cloudy – Low 58°

A deep upper-level trough will be overtaking the eastern U.S. during the second half of the week. Associated surface low pressure will deepen over the Great Lakes region and help to push a strong cold front east over our area by Friday. This cold front will bring us a shot of colder air and a taste of fall.


h/t memecenter.com

Ahead of this cold front, wind will turn to the south by tomorrow afternoon and make temperatures a few degrees warmer. Expect highs in the middle 80s under partly cloudy skies during the day with lows falling into the upper 50s overnight.

Thursday 10/2 – Increasing Clouds – High 87° / Thur Night – Scattered Thunderstorms – Low 65°

Things will really start to get interesting by Thursday as the cold front moves closer from the west. We will start out the day  under partly cloudy skies and southerly winds will continue pumping warmer air into our area. Temperatures could make a run at the upper 80s by Thursday afternoon and we will see a slight increase in cloud cover during the evening.

Showers and thunderstorms will begin to impact the area Thursday night with the heaviest of the precipitation holding off until after midnight. The main threats with any storms will be heavy rainfall and frequent lightning as the best severe weather parameters will be to our west. Check out this map from the WPC  showing predicted rainfall totals by Friday at 7AM.


Day 3 QPF valid at 7am Friday (Courtesy: WPC)

Expect up to a half inch of rainfall by Friday morning. Showers and storms look to continue on Friday with cooler air moving in over the weekend.

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