There was a fairly widespread event today for Bowling Green Weather, so I will do a quick recap on today’s events across the region. We were established within ridge across the eastern portion of the United States, but within the northern portion of that, a mesoscale convective system (MCS) was able to develop and move east-southeastward within the midlevel flow.
Often times, MCS’ take on a life of their own, and move towards the greatest source of moisture and instability. Today, that was us. Our region had plentiful boundary layer moisture, and this helped to create a fairly unstable environment.
There were a few severe thunderstorm warnings across the region, but this was largely due in part to the high values of instability present across the region. This resulted in a couple reports of hail, and I think one damaging wind report. The reason we didn’t see more severe weather across the region was due to a lack of wind shear across the region. This is the changing of direction of wind or magnitude of wind speed with height, and this helps to organize storms. The real result of today was flooding.
— Aaron Bilbrey (@Aaron_B015) May 26, 2016
— jason leonard (@jasonwleonard) May 26, 2016
All low water crossings closed
Harris school rd
Bracken prices mill rd
Kummer west of schweitzer
— S W Burke (@DepSB_SCSO) May 26, 2016
The storms moved into a region with weak storm motions, and deep moisture content in the atmosphere, and it resulted in flash flooding across Bowling Green and across surrounding areas. There were two flash flood warnings issued for a large chunk of the region, and for good reason too. Bowling Green saw 3″ of rainfall in less than 2 hours, and this came after nearly 2″ of rain fell yesterday!
All in all, this created flooding issues across town, and was an intense lightning producer. An interesting day for Bowling Green Weather, that is for sure.