Sunday, January 29, 2012: Another Widespread Rain Event
Good evening everyone!
Our next big weather headline will be the widespread rain returning this week.
The mild air and moisture will begin funneling into Kentucky by Monday afternoon...but the rain looks to hold off until late Tuesday night.
Light to moderate rain showers will become more widespread during the day... (The image below is valid for 7am)
This front is forecast to stall out along the KY/TN border, bringing rain chances into Kentucky (especially southern portions) for a series of days...Models are differing quite a bit on this though. We will be keeping an eye on it!
Even with the uncertainties with this system, I want to pass along the projected rainfall totals for Wednesday through Friday night. So this does not include the initial frontal passage Wednesday morning.
Practically our entire region is forecast to get 1/2 - 1 inch of rain in this time frame. With the soil already being saturated, I expect some rivers will run high.
I also want to pass along an interesting tidbit from the Jackson NWS:
AN INTERESTING SIDE NOTE...THE ARCTIC OSCILLATION HAS TURNEDSomething to watch for! Geoff will have the latest on GMK tomorrow morning.
STRONGLY NEGATIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS WINTER...WHILE THE NAO HAS
BECOME ALMOST NEUTRAL. THIS SETUP COULD SUPPORT THE RETURN OF A
STRONGER EASTERN CONUS TROUGH SOMETIME IN THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO WHICH
WOULD BRING MUCH COLDER WEATHER INTO OUR REGION. IN FACT...THE LAST
TIME THE ARCTIC OSCILLATION WAS THIS NEGATIVE WAS BACK IN MID
DECEMBER OF 2010 IN WHICH EASTERN KENTUCKY EXPERIENCED A VERY SNOWY
AND COLD MONTH.