Break From Storms Today, But They Return Tomorrow

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Updated: 4/27/2012 8:59 am
Friday, April 27, 2012: Hail The Size Of Tennis Balls... A Break Today, But More Storms on Saturday

Good Friday morning, folks!  We've made it (almost) to the end of the workweek. 

Yesterday's afternoon thunderstorms meant business!  While areas near and north of I-64 had a pleasant, dry Thursday evening, some aggressive thunderstorms developed along the cold front as it drifted through our southern counties, toward Tennessee.  Most of these storms produced hail, and in some cases, hail reaced the size of golf balls and even tennis balls in part of Jackson County!

Take a look at the nation's severe weather reports from the past 24 hours.

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Beyond the very large, damaging hail, there was also a bit of a tornado threat with a few of the storms.  Tornado warnings kept meteorologists Jennifer Schack and Lauren Jones busy in the weather center after my midafternoon departure.  A funnel cloud was reported by Kentucky State Police about 5 miles east of Manchester at milemarker 30 of the Hal Rogers Parkway.  Also, some of the rainfall rates were excessive!

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As far as the major reporting sites are concerned, Lexington's rainfall total was VERY UNIMPRESSIVE, but more respectable numbers came in from London, Kentucky, and especially Charleston, West Virginia.

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Today, we get a nice break.  We had a cold start with temperatures as low as 35° in Cynthiana, 37° in Owenton, Vanceburg and Burlington, and 38° in Lexington and Shelbyville.  These temperatures were about 10° below average, and daytime highs will also fail to reach our late-April "normals".  We're on the road to 65° with partly sunny, dry daytime weather.

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Meanwhile, out in Kansas, a severe weather outbreak will unfold today with strong thunderstorms and potential for tornadoes.  Here is the midmorning update of the Storm Prediction Center's Severe Weather Outlook.

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The stationary front will slowly lift north and east across Kentucky late today and tonight, temporarily becoming a warm front.  Isolated showers and thunderstorms will occur tonight, mainly after dark.  Tonight will be more seasonable, with lows in the upper 40s.

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Tomorrow, a new disturbance will cross the Ohio Valley, generally following the cold front from northwest to southeast.  With the front stalled just to our north, a new round of thunderstorms will occur, and some of these could become severe on Saturday afternoon and evening. 

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Hail and strong winds will be the main issues to watch for tomorrow.  Severe weather will be more likely to the north than the south.

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Have a great weekend, everybody!  Meteorologist Lauren Jones will be handling any potential severe weather this weekend.

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Geoff


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