Storm and Heavy Rain Chances Increasing This Weekend

wxornotBG 5/19/17: Scattered strong storms possible today & Saturday, before a cold front brings widespread rainfall Saturday night. Sunday looks drier, and much cooler.

Posted by Landon Hampton on Friday, 19 May 2017


Hey folks! I am currently on Storm Chase, and I had to make a last minute fill in, so I’m gonna make this brief. As you well know, there are currently thunderstorms and some serious flooding issues around the region. Heavy rain has been training over the same areas for a while. As such, there is a Flash Flood Warning for much of Allen and southern Barren counties until 10 am this morning.

h/t NWS Flash Flood Twitter

Remember, if you encounter a flooded roadway to turn around and not drive through it. It only takes about 12″ of flowing water to move the average vehicle!!

h/t NWS

Expect the threat of thunderstorms to continue through the afternoon hours, as this will lay an outflow boundary to the south that should creep northward towards the afternoon and be a focus for some more convection.

Scattered storms should reform this afternoon. h/t

Therefore, expect it to feel horrible outside this afternoon. Expect highs in the lower 80s, with high dewpoints and humidity as well. It looks like it will feel just simply terrible outside today.

*When you see today’s forecast*

Additionally, be watching for severe thunderstorms this afternoon. There is some wind shear present in the atmosphere to organize convection, so damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall are the main threats. The SPC now has us in a Slight Risk (Level 2/5) for severe weather.

The convective outlook for this afternoon. We are in a Slight Risk. h/t SPC

Tomorrow looks to feature more of the same, but there is also the potential for severe weather across the region. A nice mid-level disturbance will be moving northeastward, and will force a surface low. This looks like it will propagate through the Nebraska and Iowa region, with a cold front slowly approaching our region.

The low pressure system in Iowa and associated cold front could bring us severe weather tomorrow. h/t

With dewpoints looking to get into the 70s, and temps into the mid and upper 80s, there will be plenty of instability to work with for any storms that wanna go up. The severe weather threat isn’t crazy high, but there is a threat for isolated damaging winds and hail reports, along with heavy rainfall. The SPC has us in a Marginal Risk.

The convective outlook for tomorrow. We are in a Marginal Risk. h/t SPC

Sunday looks to finally be a day of relief. The cold front should come through during the afternoon hours, and probably feature storms as it passes. As such, expect scattered storms, but also cooler temps than would otherwise be there, with highs only getting up into the mid to upper 70s!


Forecast Summary

Today: Scattered thunderstorms, hot, and humid. Highs around 83°F. Overnight, look for isolated storms, with lows around 69°F.

  • Bus stop: ⛈  69°F
  • Lunch hour: 🌤/⛈  78°F
  • School is out: 🌤/⛈  83°F
  • Evening time: 🌤/⛈  81°F

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, with thunderstorms expected in the afternoon. A few may be strong. Highs around 87°F. Overnight, look for storms to give way to partly cloudy skies. Lows around 70°F.

  • Wake up: 🌤  70°F
  • Lunch hour: 🌤/⛈  83°F
  • Evening time: 🌤/⛈  85°F

Sunday: Partly cloudy and cooler, with scattered storms possible in the early afternoon. Highs around 79°F. Overnight, lows around 55°F.

  • Wake up: 🌤  70°F
  • Lunch hour: 🌤 /⛈  78°F
  • Evening time:🌤  70°F

Well, that’s all I got folks! Make sure to follow @wxornotBG on Twitter and like Landon Hampton on Facebook for the latest weather information. Also: go follow the WKU Storm Chase Twitter to keep up with their latest adventures!