Friday, June 22, 2012: Rain Is Needed, But Remains Scarce In Central Kentucky.
Good Friday morning, folks! I hope your day is off to a good start. This will be my last blog post for a little more than a week, as meteorologist Lauren Jones will be working the morning shift, next week.
I mentioned the Palmer Drought Index in a post earlier this week. The PDI has all of central and eastern Kentucky in the Moderate Drought category. Another drought indicator, the US Drought Monitor, becomes available each Thursday. Yesterday morning's Drought Monitor update places most of our area in the Abnormally Dry zone, with Moderate Drought in the interior of eastern Kentucky. Meanwhile, areas from Anderson County to the northwest are in the Normal zone, without issues. Far western Kentucky is dealing with Extreme Drought conditions.
Today's cold front is crossing central Kentucky without much fanfare. We need rain, but only some scattered showers have crossed the far northern edge of the Bluegrass Region so far. The best chance for rain today will be in southeastern Kentucky, where temperatures will rise a few additional degrees before the front arrives, helping to spark some scattered thunderstorms. There is still hope for a stray shower or thunderstorm over central Kentucky between late morning and 2 PM or so.
The WRF forecast for rainfall today has initialized well, and will probably end up being very accurate.
Courtesy: Penn State University Dept. of Meteorology
Behind the front, Saturday will be SPECTACULAR with low humidity, highs near 86°, and more sunshine than clouds. With the sun angle so high this weekend, don't forget the sunscreen!
With only a few fairly localized exceptions, most of the next 7 days will be dry. One weather headline will be another big step downward in temperature behind a second cold front to start next week. Tuesday will likely feature highs in the upper 70s, and we'll have a couple of nights with lows in the May-like 50s!