The Stretch of 70s Begins...

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Updated: 3/13/2012 1:47 pm
Tuesday Midday Update -- March 13, 2012....

Yet another tornado has been confirmed from the March 2nd outbreak.  An EF-1 was confirmed in Henry County, through an aerial survey performed by airplane.

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If my count is correct, this would be the 16th Kentucky tornado from the March 2nd outbreak.  (My count includes 1 from the Paducah forecast area in KY... 7 from the Louisville forecast area on the KY side... 4 from the Jackson forecast area... and 4 from the Wilmington, OH forecast area, south of the Ohio River.

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- Geoff


Tuesday Morning, March 13, 2012
Stretch of 70s Starts Today...

Good Tuesday morning, everybody.  The 70s are almost here -- within a few hours, we'll climb into the lower to middle 70s, and begin a prolonged stretch of days with 70 degree high temperatures.

Take a look at the upper level pattern. 



Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology





A massive ridge of high pressure (and above-normal 500 millibar heights, the result of a large dome of warm air) is becoming established across the central and eastern United States, as well as eastern Canada.  This is the area where highs will be soaring, in many cases 20 degrees above average, over the next 5-10 days.  Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure and cold air is driving chilling winds onshore in the Pacific northwest, with several inches of snow causing problems in places like the Cascades.

Today (Tuesday) will feature highs near 74° in central Kentucky.  Most of the area will remain dry, although moisture lingers in far southeastern Kentucky, near the leftovers from a washed-out front in eastern Tennessee.  That dissipating boundary may be just enough to spark an isolated shower or two in southeastern Kentucky this afternoon.  Meanwhile, the Bluegrass Region of central Kentucky should stay dry.

Here is the latest WRF forecast for precipitation for the day today.  This is likely overdone, with showers likely covering less ground, restricted to southeastern Kentucky.



Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology


After today, I'm off the rest of the week, so Meteorologist Lauren Jones will be filling in on the morning and noon shows.  I plan to be back in the saddle on Monday.


In the meantime, enjoy this stretch of WARM WEATHER!  Spring fever is setting in...


Geoff

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