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– Caleb Chevalier
Climate averages indicate that the weather we’ve been experiencing for the past few days are more akin to late-September, and certainly anomalous for mid-July. It’s been cool enough to set record minimum highs in many locations, Bowling Green included. With dewpoints in the lower 50s, we’re not even close to registering humid conditions. This pattern is not exclusive to the Commonwealth either. States throughout the Midwest and central Plains have also been under this cool spell.
No doubt it’s been ideal for many outdoor activities, such as grilling, biking or basketball in your driveway. But one demographic seems to be left out . . . the swimmers. If you happen to be an aquatic lover, you know this weather has been less than ideal to hit the pool. However, long-range guidance indicates that upper 80s plus humidity should return by early next week. These unusual weather patterns won’t last forever, of course. The return to warmer temperatures/humid dewpoints will be a gradual process.
Total precipitation forecast by the GFS through Saturday evening
This warm-up will be partially hindered by a low pressure system crawling out of the southern Plains. Rain looks probable but the timing and coverage remains unclear. Model agreement has been rather low for the past several runs, with the short-range models especially being excited about rain chances. These sentiments are not shared by the broad-scale models. It should be noted that the former have been overdoing precipitation as of late. Our recent rain events have been more accurately modeled by the latter. Therefore, it appears the more likely forecast solution is that rain on Friday will be very isolated at best.
Locations south of Bowling Green may see a few sprinkles tomorrow, perhaps as early as Friday morning, but these should hold off until Friday night into Saturday. Saturday appears to have the greatest probability of rain, especially during the PM hours. The farther south you are, the higher your chances of seeing precipitation. The system should depart on Sunday, leaving room for more heat to filter in.
Tonight: Low of 63° with partly cloudy skies. Northeast winds around 5 mph.
Friday: Highs near 80° with a 20% chance of showers, perhaps a thunderstorm or two. Mostly cloudy with light winds.
Friday night: A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms during the evening and overnight hours. Low around 65°. Southeast winds at 5 mph.
Have a good evening!
– Caleb Chevalier
Today was just one of those days where you wanted to just be outside all day long, with temperatures not being quite too hot and sunny skies all day long. These low temperatures are going to continue through the night tonight, and there may even be a chance of breaking our record low temperature, but more on that later in the post.
The next day or so looks to be nice as well, but in the long term rain looks to possibly plague our weekend. I know you don’t quite like the idea of the weekend being a washout, everybody would absolutely love to have rain during the week and nice weather on the weekend to be able to get out and enjoy it, but this will be some much needed rain! Temperatures though look to remain in the 80s over the next several days with no 90s in sight!
Tonight: Mostly clear, near record low temperature. Low:54°
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies with a high near 83°
Tomorrow Night: Increasing clouds with a low of 60°
Have a Great Night!
Talk about a gorgeous day! Thanks to the cold front that moved through our region early this morning, we enjoyed some unseasonably comfortable conditions today. The good news is that this break from the heat is going to continue for a few more days as this cooler air mass remains over our area. The map below shows that temperatures across much of the US were below normal today, and the even cooler air to our northwest is headed this way.
Tomorrow our high temperature is only expected to reach around 78°, and highs for the rest of the week are also going to stay right around the 80° mark. We do have another chance for showers and thunderstorms beginning Thursday night and extending all the way through this weekend. After that system moves through, we will see temperatures begin to climb again. We all knew conditions like this could not last very long in July.
However, the next couple of days should be mostly sunny and rather pleasant. So, make sure you get out and enjoy this beautiful weather before temperatures in the 90s start working their way back into the forecast.
Tonight: Mostly clear skies, a low near 55°, and light winds out of the NNW.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies, a high near 78°, and winds out of the northwest at around 6 mph.
Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear skies, a low near 57°, and light winds out of the northwest.
Have a great night!
– Arden Gregory
A strong upper level trough is entering the region as we speak. This will prompt a cold front to move through the region tonight. The cold front will bring with it a chance of thunderstorms, some of which may be strong to severe. Gusty winds and heavy rain are the main threats overnight.
SPC Severe Storm Outlook – Valid Tonight – NOAA SPC
Much better conditions will be in store across the region tomorrow. Our highs will be much cooler, as well as decreasing cloud cover. Be sure to get out and enjoy it!
Tonight: Strong to severe thunderstorms possible. Heavy rain is likely. Lows will be in the mid 60s.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear conditions with lows in the mid 50s.
Have a great evening and take every warning seriously.
Happy Friday to everyone out in south central Kentucky and Bowling Green. We are seeing sunny skies across Bowling Green right now and that pattern will continue throughout most of the weekend as temperatures will become quite toasty. All of this is happening due to an area of high pressure which will be moving out of our region Sunday and into Monday. While the high pressure leaves the area, we will see winds shift from the east to the south, creating return flow and warmer temperatures for both Saturday and into Sunday. As we go into next week, a cold front will swing through the region bringing our precipitation chances up, and our temperatures down.
As we break down the forecast, you may want to grab some water, a fan, and maybe some sunscreen.
Tonight: Temperatures will reach a low of 62° after a hot Friday! It will be a mostly clear and cool night with winds out of the east at 5 mph.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and hot with a high of 93°. If your headed out, please drink plenty of water and stay cool out there!
Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 70°. A warm night with the cloud cover to insulate and keep our low higher than average.
Sunday: Overall a hot day with a high of 94°. A mostly sunny day is expected with rain to move in throughout the late evening hours and into Monday.
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From Storm Center 12, I’m Andrew Dockery.
It would be fitting to say that we had “variable clouds” above Bowling Green today. Mostly cloudy skies opened the day but the hours led to some clearing. Some high cirrus and a few puffy cumulus prevailed and but with the onset of evening came thicker cloud cover. A dying mesoscale convective complex is departing the Ozarks and sliding southeast. This should stay away from our region tonight and no precipitation is expected, but it does mean that the skies will be congested for the next few hours and the clouds blow our way. Much like last night, our low will be in the lower 60s. Sunshine should be much more dominant tomorrow as high pressure builds in from the north.
500 mb analysis illustrating mid-level ridging taking shape on Friday afternoon
Tomorrow will be today on repeat in terms of temperatures. Pleasant humidity should stay put too, but all this will change going into the weekend. Ridging over the eastern US is underway. This steering jet stream pattern will place us under a stagnant airmass with open flow from the Gulf. By Saturday, temperatures will be creeping above 90° with dewpoints 65° or greater. In essence, hot and humid weather. As of right now, real rain chances don’t arrive until the beginning of the work week. The weather we’ve had recently has been a break from typical mid-July conditions. This weekend will be more in line with the average.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, some clearing late. Low of 61° with calm winds.
Friday: Sunny. High near 91° with northeast winds at 5 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. Lows around 63°. Calm winds.
Thanks for reading!
– Caleb Chevalier