Mammatus Clouds, Rain Shafts, & Heat Advisories

Mammatus Clouds, Rain Shafts, & Heat Advisories

Drought relief has become a little more limited since the workweek began, as thunderstorms are covering less ground. It's hot!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012: Mammatus Clouds, Rain Shafts and More Heat!

Good Tuesday morning, folks!  Since the workweek began, the drought relief has become a little more sporadic, and the afternoon thunderstorms are covering a little less ground than what we experienced over the weekend. 

On Monday, one viewer 2 miles outside of Danville reported 1.3" of rain, thanks to a heavier thunderstorm.  Most other areas didn't do nearly as well with rainfall, with MOST places only picking up a very small fraction of an inch.  Here are the top four local rain gauge reports from Monday.

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You'll notice that most of the major reporting sites had even less in the way of rainfall.

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With that said, the thunderstorms did make for some great scenery, if you like to keep an eye to the sky.  Renea Holman snapped a nice photo that clearly shows the rain shaft out of the base of one cloud near Harrodsburg.

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Brenda Carpenter caught a slightly more rare scene, showing pouchlike mammatus clouds on the underside of a thunderstorm that passed near Mount Sterling on Monday evening.

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Thank you both for sharing those photos via Facebook!

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We'll have two more days of heat and humidity before cooler air returns.  Today and tomorrow will be the hottest days of this brief heat wave.  Highs will be near 92° today and 93° on Wednesday, but keep in mind the fact that the humidity will make it feel much more like 100° during the hottest part of the day.  In northern Kentucky, it will be slightly hotter, with a heat index in the 100°-105° range during the hottest part of this afternoon, so Heat Advisories are in effect for this afternoon and early evening, there.

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There will be some scattered thunderstorms later today, but they'll only impact approximately 30% of the area. 

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Thanks for stopping by the weather blog, and STAY COOL!

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Geoff

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