Wednesday, June 15, 2011

6/15 - 6:45pm - KY/IN/TN Severe Weather Update

Severe weather has fired up across Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee this evening. A new Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued that includes Louisville and Bowling Green, KY as storms that have fired to the west of these cities have gone severe. Storms north of Evansville, IN could hit the Louisville area this evening, but they will have to fight the loss of heat that they'll encounter once the sun goes down. Severe thunderstorm warnings are being issued for the big complex of storms in Middle and Southwest Tennessee, but nothing greatly impressive is happening down that way.

The Storm Prediction Center has extended today's Slight Risk area northward as the warm sector between the warm front and cold front where these storms are setting up has moved further north. I don't think we'll be dealing with a tornado problem from these storms, but some brief and benign upper-level rotation is possible. Hail, high wind, and heavy rain should be the main threats as they develop and move through Southern Indiana and Kentucky. The storm threat should subside before midnight in these areas.

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