Severe thunderstorm watch
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch effective until 10:00pm CDT for the entire WBKO viewing area including the counties of Adair, Allen, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, Hopkins, Larue, Logan, Metcalfe, McLean, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Russell, Simpson, Taylor Todd and Warren.
A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for thunderstorms to form that may have the capability of producing damaging winds, large hail, flooding rains and even a few isolated tornadoes.
While the overall tornado threat is relatively low, a tornado threat can never be completely ruled out.
We could begin seeing individual cells, or “isolated” thunderstorm cells pop up this afternoon anywhere in the WBKO viewing area. Should this happen, a few of these storms could become supercell (rotating) thunderstorms which could cause damaging winds and large hail – possibly even a brief tornado. However, persistent cloud cover may keep formation of these cells to a minimum.
Aside from this, we are expecting a large complex of thunderstorms containing damaging straight-line wind potential and flooding rains to move into the region sometime this evening – most likely some time after 7pm.
In any case, this is the time to “know the weather before it knows you”. Make sure you have more than one way to monitor the weather as it develops – from NOAA weather radio to text alerts to several of the maps and apps we have available at WBKO.com/weather.
We typically do not answer questions as to “when” and “where” a storm may hit because your best course of action is to prepare for any severe weather situation, no matter the threat. If you are prepared, you’ll be ready for whatever comes. You can see preparedness tips at WBKO.com/weather that will answer any safety questions you may have.
Do not depend solely on outdoor warning sirens to alert you. They are designed ONLY to alert those already outdoors to come inside to monitor the weather or to seek shelter. Have a backup plan should you lose power and still need to monitor the weather. Charge up any cell phones, tablets or other electronic devices so they will be ready in case power is lost.
Should we go into full severe weather mode, we will stream our coverage LIVE to WBKO.com and to our partner radio stations SAM 100.7 FM and Howdy 103.7 FM.
The latest update of the SLIGHT RISK area for potential severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening extends the outlook area further east.
While we do have a nice cap (lid of warm air) holding back thunderstorm development right now (as of 11:30am), we’re seeing signs that cap will break in the next few hours allowing rapid initiation of thunderstorms ahead of a cold front. Dewpoints are rising into the low 70s which means there’s plenty of moist air at the surface to feed these storms.
The primary threat for the WBKO viewing area will be the potential for storms to produce damaging winds and large hail. The tornado threat is rather low – less than 2%.
There isn’t a particular time the storms will get going but it should be any time in the next couple of hours…if not sooner.
The National Weather Service anticipates issuing a Severe Thunderstorm Watch shortly for much of the WBKO viewing area.
Check you preparedness plans, turn your NOAA weather radio on, take advantage of our apps and maps at WBKO.com and “know the weather before it knows you!”
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH until 8:00pm CDT for Adair, Allen, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, Hopkins, Larue, Logan, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Todd and Warren in KY…Clay, Macon, Robertson and Sumner in TN.
The complex of thunderstorms (mentioned in my previous post) is moving into Western Kentucky now and is moving southeast at 50 mph. This means it could impact the Bowling Green area around 1:30pm with gusty winds, intense lightning and even large hail.
A couple of Tornado Warnings have been issued as of 12:30pm for Livingston County, KY and Pope County, IL with reports of trees down and wind gusts to 70mph but no confirmed tornadoes as of this posting. There are also a number of power outages with trees down in Paducah area.