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Periods of light snow will continue to fall this morning causing some accumulation in mainly grassy areas and rooftops. However, a slick spot or two is possible on less-traveled or untreated roadways.
COLD START TO MARCH:
Even though we’re heading into March with the start of Spring now less than three weeks away, Winter refuses to let go! A pesky upper air low over the Great Lakes continues to spin more low cloudiness along with light precipitation into our region. Another in a series of disturbances is moving through today bringing us numerous rain/snow showers during the day, going over to snow showers tonight. Snow accumulations will be mainly on the order of just a dusting for most places although a few locations could pick up 1/2″ where heavier snow showers develop. Some icy spots may develop on roadways tonight into Saturday morning when readings dip below freezing. Highs will only reach the upper 30s, with upper 20s for lows tonight.
NO WEEKEND WARMUP:
The cold stays firmly locked in over the Blue Grass state this weekend! Expect highs only in the upper 30s Saturday and Sunday with cold lows in the low 20s Saturday night, well below average for early March. We’ll have a chance for a few lingering snow flurries Saturday, otherwise the weekend appears dry.
MORE WINTRY WEATHER NEXT WEEK?
Monday looks a bit warmer with fair skies before our next system arrives late Monday night into Tuesday. Temperatures appear marginal at this time, but a mix of rain and snow looks likely Tuesday before a change to all snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. It’s far too soon to say how substantial snow amounts could be from this weather maker, but we’ll track it closely over the coming days. Some moderation in temps is forecast by late next week.
Occasional Rain and Snow Showers…High 39, winds NW-7
Precip Ch: 70% Snow Amount: 1/2 inch
Occasional Snow Showers…Low 29, winds N-4
Snow Ch: 50% Snow Amount: up to 1″
AM Snow Showers, then Mostly Cloudy…High 37, Low 23, winds NW-8
Snow Ch: 20% Snow Amount: Dusting
Mostly Sunny and Cold…High 38, Low 23, winds N-7
Becoming mostly cloudy with chilly breezes at times. A sprinkle or two is possible.
A CHILLY DAY:
Although Thursday was breezy and cooler, lots of sunshine returned to the area behind the cold front that blasted through with heavy rain and thunderstorms early in the morning. More clouds are expected to move back in today as a broad area of low pressure slowly spins over the lower Great Lakes. The added cloudiness will keep temperatures quite cool and we’ll also have a chance for a few scattered rain showers…especially during the afternoon. A few showers may contain small hail or ice pellets at times. Highs will range from the mid 50s north to lower 60s south with breezy southwest winds gusting to near 30 mph at times. Everyone dries out tonight with chilly lows in the lower 40s.
WARMUP BEGINS THIS WEEKEND:
We’ll still be rather cool Saturday but the weather looks good for WKU’s Homecoming festivities. A warming trend is expected to get underway Saturday with highs climbing from the mid 60s into the lower 70s by Sunday. The warming continues well into next week as we may even push 80 degrees each day Monday through Wednesday. There is no significant chance for rain during the period.
Breezy with Sprinkles or Light Rain…High 60, winds SW 18-33
Precip Ch. 20% – Rain Amount .05″
Mainly Cloudy and Chilly…Low 41, winds becoming Light
Mostly Sunny but Cool…High 63, Low 42, winds W-5
Sunny and Much Warmer…High 73, Low 52, winds S-6
Before last Friday night’s line of strong storms passed through, we were dealing with highs in the low 90s and high humidity. Typical Summer stuff for sure…but as we get deeper into September, the days become shorter and the nights grow longer. This means the atmosphere has less opportunity to heat up into the 90s. That’s not to say we won’t have a “warm” day now and then in the upper 80s along with some muggy air – but more the most part, those hot and hazy days of Summer are done.
Next week, you’ll see evidence of this with a significant trough that will swing through the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley region that will usher in much cooler air by Wednesday. Daytime highs will struggle to reach the low 70s (maybe upper 60s along the Cumberland Plateau) and overnight lows will dip into the 40s! Hello Fall!
Cloudy to partly cloudy skies will continue this morning.
WARM FOR THURSDAY:
Despite a little more cloudiness over the region, we still made it into the mid 80s Wednesday with lots of sun in the afternoon. Expect similar conditions today with highs once again topping out in the mid 80s. Overnight lows will remain seasonably mild around 60° tonight.
A BIT OF RAIN, THEN COOLER:
A weak cold front moves in Friday bringing with it more clouds but just a slight chance for a few light showers. Any rain heads out Friday night in time for the weekend. Things look great Saturday for the Buddy Walk in Bowling Green along with Trashmasters at Barren River Lake. We should see plenty of sun both Saturday and Sunday, with northeast winds taking highs down into the upper 70s.
UNSETTLED EARLY NEXT WEEK:
The weather pattern turns more active late Monday into Tuesday, with chances for showers and thunderstorms in the forecast. We’ll start the week with seasonable temperatures followed by a big cool down on Wednesday!
Partly Sunny and Warm… High 84, winds S-6
Partly Cloudy and Mild…Low 60, winds Light
Partly Sunny, Chance of Showers…High 81, winds NW-7
Precip Ch. 20% – Rain Amount .05″
Mostly cloudy, warm and muggy this morning with isolated showers and thunderstorms developing.
BETTER RAIN CHANCES:
We’ll have to contend with more hot, humid conditions today but our chances for more beneficial rain will rise as a storm system slowly drops southward from the Great Lakes. Showers and storms could become quite numerous this afternoon and evening. The strongest storms will be capable of producing torrential downpours, frequent lightning, gusty winds, and hail. A SLIGHT RISK for severe weather is in place for this afternoon through Friday. Expect highs to reach the mid 90s with heat indices in the lower 100s before any clouds and rain cool us down. Rainfall could be heavy at times late tonight and through the day Friday.
A SLIGHT COOL DOWN, THEN HOT AGAIN:
Behind the cold front moving through Friday night we’ll see slightly cooler, less humid air filter into the region for the start of the weekend. Temperatures will be more seasonable for Saturday before the heat starts rebuilding Sunday. The weekend looks mainly dry with only a small chance for isolated thundershowers both days, primarily over southern and eastern sections. Then it’s back to more hot and muggy weather early next week, with daily chances for widely scattered storms. Highs climb back to the mid 90s by Tuesday.
Partly Sunny, Thunderstorms Likely…High 95, winds SW-8
Precip Ch. 60% – Rain Amount .25-.50″
Showers and Thunderstorms Likely…Low 75, winds SW-8
Precip Ch. 60% – Rain Amount .25-.50″
Showers and Thunderstorms Likely…High 90, winds SW-11
Precip Ch. 60% – Rain Amount .25-.50″
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Partly cloudy this morning with only a slight chance someone may pick up an isolated shower as a weak cold front moves through.
A SLIGHT COOLDOWN:
Thursday was the hottest day of the week with the mercury reaching 95° in Bowling Green for only the second time this year. There’s a bit of relief today but any shot for badly-needed rain remains very slim. Only a few isolated thunderstorms are possible through this afternoon with most areas missing out on the rain. Highs today drop a few degrees topping out around 90°. Skies will clear tonight with slightly cooler lows in the mid 60s.
FIRST WEEKEND OF SUMMER:
Expect more hot temperatures under partly to mostly sunny skies Saturday into Sunday. Highs top out in the low 90s each day, with warm lows around 70° Saturday night. Any chance for rain appears very scant through the weekend.
BIGGER COOLDOWN NEXT WEEK:
Our next system arrives Monday in the form of a cold front diving southward from the Great Lakes. Once again, it appears moisture will be limited with this front, so only a slight chance for isolated thunderstorms is there for Monday. We do catch a break from the heat, though, with highs falling into the low 80s Tuesday before some moderation occurs Wednesday into Thursday. Overnight lows drop into the more comfortable lower 60s early next week.
Partly Sunny, Isolated T/Showers Possible…High 90, winds NW-7
Precip Ch. 20% – Rain Amount .05″
Mainly Clear and Slightly Cooler…Low 63, winds NE-4
Sunny and Warm…High 90, Low 69, winds E-5
Sunny and Hot…High 93, Low 70, winds NE-6
Mainly clear this morning with temperatures in the 30s. A chilly west to northwest wind will make it feel like it’s in the 20s at times. Some clouds and even a few snow flurries are possible mainly north of Bowling Green around the Rough River Lake area.
IT’S WINTER AFTER ALL…
After topping out at 60 degrees Sunday morning, highs today will be hard pressed to reach the mid 30s despite some sunshine. Stiff northwest winds – gusting 25 to 30 mph at times – will send wind chills down into the teens at times. In addition, a disturbance rotating across the Great Lakes may send a few stray snow flurries southward into Kentucky – mainly north of Bowling Green. No accumulation is expected. Tonight looks to be our coldest of the season with lows in the upper teens and wind chills as low as the single numbers. Tuesday will feature more sunshine but cold highs only in the lower 30s.
LATE WEEK WARM UP…
Our blast of cold, arctic air will be short-lived. Readings rebound Wednesday back to near seasonal averages for early January standards. The warming trend continues through Friday, where temperatures will be right back into the unseasonably mild upper 50s once again. Our next chance for rain comes over the weekend with a slight cooldown expected Sunday.
Breezy & Cold, Scattered Flurries…High 36, winds NW 16-33
Wind Chills in the teens and 20s
Bitterly Cold with Scattered Flurries…Low 18, winds NW 7-15
Single-digit wind chills
Sunny, But Cold…High 31, winds NW-6
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Your comments – good, bad, otherwise – help shape the kind of weather content we deliver to you. So, beginning today and for several weeks (maybe months) I will ask you to help us shape WBKO’s weather content. This goes for all of our media platforms…TV, internet and mobile.
We’ll start with the basics: the everyday weather map. We usually display this near the end of our weather segments to show the next 36-48 hours of weather to come. We call it our “Futurecast”. What we hope to demonstrate with this map is to show areas of high pressure, low pressure, cold fronts, warm fronts along with areas of predicted moisture (rain, sleet, snow) and cloud cover.
But does this work for you? Current-day media consultants tell us you no longer care about “fronts” – what they look like, what they are or where they are.
Is that true?
Take a look at the map above. Look at the blue line with what looks like pointed teeth on it. That is a cold front. It represents a boundary of cool or cold air pushing southward (notice the “teeth” are pointed to the south). By the same measure, the red line to the west of the cold front indicates a warm front. The “half-moons” along the warm front indicate the direction warmer air will moving toward.
For those of us in the weather business, we often take these markings for granted but they actually help us tell the story. Question is…does this help tell the story for you?
Looking deeper into the above graphic you see a blue “H” over the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley region. I’ve had some tell me this means it will be “hot” or “humid”. Sorry. The blue “H” represents the center of high pressure. Air flows around us from low to high pressures in the atmosphere. Winds are created by changes in temperature. All of this is connected to bring us our weather.
Where there are areas of “H” (high pressure) this usually means the weather is nice and often dry as the amount of atmospheric pressure on the earth is high. Winds around areas of high pressure rotate clockwise like the hands on a clock. So, for today with the center of high pressure being to our north…and the winds rotating around the high like the hands on a clock (clockwise), you can easily see our winds today will come from the northeast (as indicated by the blue arrows surrounding the “H”). Air pressure of this kind falls to the earth and often clears away any moisture in most cases – therefore giving us a good weather forecast.
On the flip side is the red “L’s” that show up on the same map. Those are areas of low pressure. And since weather is made up of mostly opposites, areas of low pressure have winds that rotate around its center in a counter-clockwise fashion…as if the hands on a clock are going backward. In most cases, areas of low pressure are the connecting point to the earlier-mentioned warm and cold fronts. This usually means we’re in for inclement weather when a system like this moves in to the area. Low pressure systems help lift warm, moist air into the atmosphere where the moisture is cooled, condensed and eventually produces precipitation.
Okay…we’ve had a little “Weather 101″ to this point but what about the map itself? You’ll notice we have it centered on Kentucky and shaded in a darker green color than the rest of the states. We also stay focused on the eastern and southeastern sections of the country with this map. This allows us to show the weather systems most important to this area or the ones that are likely to have the most impact on our weather here. Years ago, we would show the entire US map but that was before The Weather Channel and a thousand other sources to see the weather anywhere you are on any given media platform. We prefer to stay focused here at home.
But, is that view too big? Too small? Do you know what you’re looking at?
That will do it for Part 1 of “Make It Your Weather”. I look forward to your feedback here (just type in the comment section) and will read each and every post.
If you thought it was hot yesterday, you were right!
On a day when we thought we would see some cooling thunderstorms from a cold front, Southern Kentucky ended up with little to no rain and one of it’s hottest days in four years.
The official high at the Bowling Green Warren County Regional Airport Wednesday was 103° set at 3:20pm. That ties the all-time record high for August 3rd set in 1902 and 1897.
Of further note…the 103° temperature set yesterday is only 10° shy of the hottest temperature ever recorded in Bowling Green which is 113° set July 28, 1930. The 1930′s is regarded as one of the hottest decades on record for this area.
Temperatures will be about 10-12° cooler today thanks to cloud cover and a northeast wind flow around an area of high pressure over the upper Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes. However, a warm front will return to the region by Friday afternoon and bring back some additional heat and humidity along with a chance of scattered showers. But, we should not see 100°+ temperatures in the near future.