Strong T-Storms Signal End Of Heat Wave

Monday, July 9, 2012: Strong Thunderstorms Signal End Of Heat Wave

Good Monday morning, folks!  Well, this is what we have all been waiting for.  Temperatures are returning back to normal, and the 80s never looked so good!

Here is a little perspective on how unusual it is to have an 11-day stretch of highs above 90°, at least for southern and eastern Kentucky.

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The end of the heat wave came with some strong and severe thunderstorms on Sunday.  There were some areas that missed out of the storms, most notably a small pocket of land between the northwestern end of Fayette County, through Midway, into western / southwestern Scott County, and out to Frankfort.  However, nearby, flash flooding was a problem in places like Paris.

The storms packed a punch with quite a bit of damaging wind.  Here are the severe storm reports from Sunday’s round of nasty weather.

Much of the wind damage involved downed trees.  There were clusters of trees down in northern and northeastern Kentucky, Morgan County, Richmond, and especially in Pulaski County.  The most significant storm report was in Mount Victory, Pulaski County, where roofs were reportedly torn off of a few structures, and many trees were toppled by the winds.

Beyond the wind and some small hail, flash flooding inundated roads in Paris.  3.08" of rain fell in only 2 hours at the Bourbon County Middle School in Paris.  The Kentucky Mesonet site just across the Nicholas County line was not far behind.

Others were not nearly as fortunate to get the much-needed drought relief.  The transition between wet and dry was pretty prominent in Fayette County, with places like Hamburg picking up on some heavy rain while the airport, 11-12 miles to the west, stayed much drier with less than a tenth of an inch.

Jackson, KY had more than an inch, and to our northeast and southwest, Huntington, WV and Nashville, TN also recieved more than 1".

As the front slowly shifts south across Kentucky today, additional showers and thunderstorms will develop, but they should not be as intense as yesterday’s.  The farther south you live, the more likely you will be to recieve a thunderstorm today.  Much of northern Kentucky will miss out on today’s scattered thunderstorms

Thanks for stopping by the weather blog.  Enjoy the cooler temperatures!