Heat & Storm Recap... Viewer Photos & More

Heat & Storm Recap... Viewer Photos & More

After 4 days of 100°+ heat, we return to the double digit heat today. Many areas had wind damage last night with the storms.
Monday, July 2, 2012:  After 4 Days of 100°+ Heat, Double Digits Return... Storm Reports

Good Monday morning, folks!

I hope you've all been dealing with the heat without much issue.  We have had 4 days in a row with highs of 100°+.  June ended with three days in a row of 100°+, and all time record highs in London and Jackson!  As "searing" as the heat was, the month of June ended 0.3° below average in Lexington... surprising to some, I'm sure.  The unseasonably cool nights of a few weeks ago played a role in the stats.

We've been anything but cool, though, as July 1st heat shattered or tied daily records once again.

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With this kind of heat, Miles Johnson of Lexington had the right idea.  He was recently at the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and he snapped this fantastic photo.  Thanks, Miles!  (I have to admit, I was in a similar setting all last week at Hilton Head Island, SC.)

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Courtesy: Miles Johnson

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Today will be another hot one, but it won't be quite as hot as the past few days.  We should climb to 97° this afternoon in Lexington.  Today's record high is within reach -- it is 97° from 1935, and more recently tied in 1970.

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Renea Holman took this photo this morning in Mercer County.  That July sun will bring more heat through the workweek.

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Courtesy: Renea Holman

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Heat Advisories have been trimmed down to northern and northeastern Kentucky for this afternoon.  Heat indices will soar to near 100° during the hottest part of the afternoon in most areas, both in and outside of the advisory area.

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The scorching heat has helped trigger severe thunderstorms.  We had a pretty significant round of wind damage on Sunday evening, with dozens of reports of trees down.  Some barns and other structures have been damaged or destroyed, and there have been thousands of power outages from Sunday night's severe weather.  Take a look at the storm reports map.  The blue dots represent strong winds / wind gusts, and the yellow triangles indicate where larger (1"+) hail fell in the past 24 hours.

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Karla Reeves caught a lightning strike on camera last night in Stanton.

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Courtesy: Karla Reeves

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Despite the power outages and damage, there has been a silver lining to the storms.  We really need rain, after a very dry start to the summer.  Lawns are brown, and the crops need moisture.  A few areas received about an inch of rain.  Here are the local winners.

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For most of us, though, we didn't see nearly that much.  We could use more. 

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This afternoon's and evening's thunderstorms will likely be more isolated, so fewer folks will see rain late today, and more areas will stay dry.  With that said, any of the spotty thunderstorms that form could produce strong straight-line winds, so stay weather-aware.

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Thanks for stopping by the weather blog.  Stay cool out there today!

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Geoff

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