Saturday, August 4, 2012

8/4 - 2:30pm - Waking Up to Storms Tomorrow

Scattered storms are firing between Evansville and Louisville right now and are slowly trekking eastward. These aren't expected to become severe but some downpours and lightning are certainly a possibility in Louisville as they continue to develop. The chance for storms in the area should remain with us in Kentuckiana through the early evening.

More storms forming in Illinois and Missouri will be our next focus as they move into Kentuckiana during the early morning hours tomorrow. Some of these could be strong to severe since a trough moving through to our north will be bringing faster winds aloft to the area. This means that damaging winds will be the primary threat from these storms should they hold together for us during the early morning. The 6z NAM model run (right) was pretty bullish on these morning storms but the 12z that just came in was more subdued with their intensity. In either case it looks likely that a lot of folks will wake up to storms early tomorrow morning.

Storms could fire up during the afternoon tomorrow if the morning's storms clear out in time for instability to recover during the afternoon. Another limiting factor for this will be the cold front that will be moving through during the day tomorrow. Storms will fire along and in front of that boundary so its speed will determine who gets storms during the afternoon. Right now it looks like Louisville and areas to the south and east will be in the zone for storms tomorrow afternoon and it's worth noting that their coverage won't be anywhere near this afternoon's and tomorrow morning's storms. Both Kentuckiana and West Tennessee are under a Slight Risk for severe weather tomorrow afternoon as these storms fire up in the heating of the day with the cold front in play. Strong winds will again be the main threat here.

After the front moves through on Sunday temperatures will be in the upper 80's to near 90 for the start of the workweek in Kentuckiana and storm chances will be nonexistent until Thursday.

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