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Winds Have Relaxed, Showers Clip Southeast

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Updated: 4/17/2012 10:03 am
Tuesday, April 17, 2012: Much Cooler, Less Windy... Showers Clip Southeast

Good Tuesday morning, everybody. 

Before we take a look at our local weather, here is a phenomenal shot of a massive tornado, taken by Will Campbell near Marquette, Kansas back on Saturday.

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Courtesy: © Will Campbell - Omaha Twister Chasers.net

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Locally, we had some gusty breezes yesterday, with a few areas topping 40 mph gusts with the passage of a cold front.  West Liberty topped the list with a 43 mph gust.

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The peak wind gust at the Blue Grass Airport was 37 mph, on the west side of Lexington.

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Today is much cooler, with very seasonable air now in place. Take a look at the mid-morning 24-hour temperature change.  The Ohio Valley and Great Lakes States have seen a significant drop in temperature.

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Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology

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A new wave of low pressure will move from the Central Gulf Coast to the Carolinas.  This storm system is producing widespread clouds across Kentucky, but the actual rainfall will be restricted to southeastern Kentucky.  Showers will cross the southeastern part of the Commonwealth today, tonight and on Tuesday.

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Here is the latest GFS forecast for total rainfall.  Notice the contrast between the dry Bluegrass Region and the much wetter mountains and coalfields of southeastern Kentucky.

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Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology

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The next two days will be seasonable, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s.  Thursday will be a bit warmer as the entire area dries out, and temperatures rebound into the middle 70s.

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Thanks for stopping by the weather blog.  Have a great Tax Day!

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Geoff

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