April Recap, and More Strong Storms to Dodge Today

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Updated: 5/01/2012 1:28 pm
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012: April Recap, and More Strong Storms to Dodge Today

Good Tuesday morning, folks, and welcome to the month of May!

Before we take a look at the severe weather recap, and potential for more storms this Tuesday afternoon and evening, I wanted to take a look back at the month of April, by the numbers.

Amazingly, April was actually COOLER THAN MARCH in Lexington by 0.4°.  Temperatures this past month were very close to average in central and eastern Kentucky.  Precipitation, however, was a bit below normal.  We were more than an inch below average in Lexington, and in Jackson, KY, last month was the 8th driest April in the record books.

 

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While the month was unusually quiet, in terms of avoiding the severe weather that we typically see during April, the final day of the month did feature some severe storms in the northern part of the Bluegrass Area.

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Here are the storm reports across the Plains and Ohio Valley from last night.  The bulk of the action was out in Tornado Alley.  However, we did have some damaging wind in northern Kentucky, as a large tree came down at 8:39 PM near Owenton.

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The bigger issue was a rotating thunderstorm that produced a funnel cloud near the Frankfort Airport, and it tracked across Franklin County into western Scott County.  Jonathon Steverson snapped this photo of the funnel cloud from Franklin County, only about two miles from the Frankfort airport.  Around the time he took this photo, a tornado warning was issued.

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Courtesy: Jonathon Steverson

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Fortunately, the funnel cloud never touched down - and never became a tornado.

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In our part of Kentucky, the big "rainfall winner" was Columbia in Adair County, where the Kentucky Mesonet rain gauge measured 1.67".

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This morning, some strong thunderstorms are sliding east acorss the Jackson area, as the slow-moving front begins to waver northward once again.  This afternoon, we expect another round of strong to severe thunderstorms north of where this morning storm cluster is tracking.  Areas near and north of the Bluegrass Parkway and I-64 have the greatest chance of seeing severe weather late this afternoon, and especially this evening into tonight.

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Be safe out there!  I'll have an update at noon and 12:30, and just like yesterday, Chief Meteorologist Jennifer Schack will be in to handle the evening and night responsibilities in the weather center.

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We have you covered. 

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Geoff

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