Thursday, July 15, 2010

7/16 - 12am - More Heat and Rain on the Way!

We topped out at 95 degrees today in Louisville, which was two degrees short of being the hottest day of the year so far. Higher dew points also stayed to our west today as well, so things were not as bad as they could have been. We've had 31 days this year with 90 degree temperatures or higher in town, and I'm sure we'll be able to break 40. Compare that with 13 last year.

A cold front sitting just north of the Ohio River is firing off some strong storms just to our west and we'll likely see some rain from those tonight as they push south. This front will stall out in Southern Kentucky and generate more rain chances for us on Friday and Saturday before things taper off on Sunday. Another front will bring daily rain chances on Monday and Tuesday, but high pressure will regain control for the rest of the week and dry things out. Temperatures will remain consistently in the low to mid 90's throughout the next week.

Oil has finally stopped leaking from BP's Deepwater Horizon rig accident site after a new containment cap was placed on it this afternoon. This marks a possible end to the 85 days of leakage that has caused mass devastation along the Gulf Coast and called into question the regulatory practices in place for the industry. There's still no guarantee that the cap will hold and it will be a "wait and see" game for many in Gulf Coast region. To read an article on the leak stoppage, click here.

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