Harvey’s Rain Continues Today

wxornotBG 9/1/17: Major FLOODING concerns are unfolding across the region.

Dikirim oleh Landon Hampton pada 1 September 2017

The Headlines

Without a doubt, the big thing on our radar today is what remains of Harvey. The Low Pressure Formerly Known As Hurricane Tropical Storm Tropical Depression Harvey continues it’s slow march into the Ohio Valley, bringing lots of heavy rain with it.

A Flash Flood Watch (dark green) remains in effect through late tonight along with numerous Flood Advisories (lighter green) and Flash Flood Warnings (dark red). (NWS Louisville)

Harvey’s remnants are going to dump quite a bit of rain on our neck of the woods throughout the next 12-24 hours. It’s not going to be anything like the devastation the Houston region has seen but it will still be quite a bit of rain. In fact, we’ve already seen some hefty totals just in the last 6 hours or so.

Observed rainfall totals just since midnight from the Kentucky Mesonet. Flash flooding is already occurring. (Kentucky Mesonet)

In addition, several area school districts have also closed their doors for today.

Flash flooding will remain possible in all the usual spots though widespread river flooding isn’t likely. Still though, expect some elevated levels along the Green, Barren, and Rough Rivers.

The Details

So, what’s left of Harvey is still a potent system as it heads into our region. Of course, Harvey’s main calling card being torrential tropical downpours, which will be in no shortage today. The large shield of rain associated with the storm’s remnants entered the region last night and will continue to work it’s way through the region during the day today.

Harvey still looks kinda angry. (Pivotal Weather)

Though the flood potential isn’t the only thing we’re looking at with this system, we also run the (small) risk of an isolated spin-up tornado since the low pressure is imparting so much rotation into the atmosphere. They aren’t likely and if they do pop-up, they’ll probably be small but they can do damage. Keep and ear on the weather radio today.

According to one of the short term models we look at, this could be how much more rain we’ll see through this evening. (Pivotal Weather)

Today:  **Flash Flood Watch in effect through late tonight.** Breezy with heavy rain throughout the day. High around 70º. The breezy downpours continue into the overnight with a low right around 55º.

  • Wake up: 🌧 69°
  • Lunch hour: 🌧 70°
  • Afternoon plans: 🌧 69°
  • Evening time: 🌧 67°

Things begin to improve as we head into the long weekend.


Harvey will finally begin to move away (after a bit of wrap-around moisture on the backside, of course) and leave us with improving conditions for the second half of the day…including this year’s WKU home opener against EKU. Though, I would bring a jacket since it could get chilly towards the end.

Potential lows tomorrow night. (Pivotal Weather)

Tomorrow:  Rain sticking around early in the day but drying late. High right around 70º. Clouds begin to clear at night, and we’ll fall back to around 53º.

  • Wake up: 🌧 54°
  • Lunch hour: 🌧 66°
  • Afternoon plans: ☁️ 71°
  • Kickoff: 🌥 64°

The beautiful weather won’t return until our day on Sunday, when high pressure will begin to build in.

h/t giphy.com
Sunday’s forecast. (Giphy)

We’ll see much warmer temperatures and a full return to sunshine, especially welcome news after a quite rainy 48 hours.

Sunday: Sunny skies return for our Sunday as lower humidity works in for a great day! We’ll top out around 80º. Clear skies at night as well, lows right around 60º.

  • Wake up: ☀️ 64°
  • Lunch hour: 🌤 74°
  • Afternoon plans: 🌤 79°
  • Evening time: ☀️ 72°

The Bottomline

  • Flash Flood Watch in effect today as Harvey’s remnants bring heavy rain into the region.
  • A couple of spin-up tornadoes can’t be ruled out either.
  • If you see a flooded roadway, turn around, don’t drown.
  • As Harvey pulls away, great weather for the second half of the holiday weekend.

That just about does it for me! Thanks for checking into wxornotBG this morning, and be sure to follow @wxornotBG and @WKUweather on Twitter and like Landon Hampton on Facebook for the latest on the heavy rain and potential flooding impacting the region.