Sunday, May 2, 2010

5/2 - 3:15pm - Storm Chasing & Too Much Rain!

In exactly one week from today, I'll be on the road with Storm Chasing Adventure Tours looking for supercell thunderstorms in the Plains! After a busy week of packing and preparation, I will leave for Amarillo, TX on Saturday to meet up with the group. Right now the pattern is not indicating any type of severe weather outbreak in the Plains over the next couple weeks, but there may be some isolated activity that could produce a tornado or two. Since I'm going to be out there from May 8th to June 5th (a full month!), there will be plenty of time for conditions to change and possibly generate some good tornado outbreaks. Don't forget that I'll be posting HD video, pictures, and chase reports right here on the blog. We will begin streaming LIVE video when I begin chasing next Sunday on Storm Chaser TV. The excitement begins soon!

Turbulent weather has been prevalent across the Southeast over the past 24 hours. Last night featured quite a few supercells in Arkansas and a strong one that grazed the Memphis area, causing the evacuation of the Beale Street Music Festival. There were 15 reports of tornadoes in North Mississippi, West Tennessee, Arkansas, and even one in West Kentucky yesterday. Two more tornado reports came in this morning from South Central Kentucky as well. Flooding was an even bigger issue yesterday and still today as well throughout Central Tennessee. Southwestern sections of the Nashville area have received over 11 inches of rain over the past 24 hours according to the National Weather Service:

Parts of I-24 and I-40 around Nashville are closed due to flooding and 6 people were killed as flood waters rose last night. Heavy rain is still falling in Nashville at this time and won't end completely until early tomorrow morning.

Over 2" of rain has fallen in Louisville this morning, with some areas in the Metro getting over 4" of rain already. My rain gauge here in Southeast Louisville is indicating 2.27" of rain since midnight and 3.69" for the whole rain event since yesterday. Needless to say, flood waters are rising around town and we're under a Flood Watch until 5:30pm. Some roads in the South end of town, where the most rain has fallen, are under water. Be careful and don't drive into flood waters if you're traveling around Louisville today!

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