A Summer Sunrise, And Spotty T-Storms Ahead…

Thursday, June 21, 2012: A Summer Sunrise, And Hope For Spotty T-Storms

Good Thursday morning, folks, and welcome to the official summer season!

As we mentioned in Wednesday’s blog post, summer began at 7:09 PM EDT yesterday.  Therefore, this morning’s sunrise was technically the first sunrise of summer.  Here’s a nice shot of that early morning sunlight filtered through some upper-level clouds.  This was taken by Renea Holman in Harrodsburg.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Renea!

While we all could use a couple inches of rain, we’ll welcome any rainfall.  Showers and thunderstorms will be scarce through the seven-day forecast, but we do have a 36-hour window, this Thursday and Friday, with reasonable hope for some rain.  Isolated, hit-or-miss thunderstorms will develop later today, and some may even survive after dark.  A cold front currently in Missouri and Illinois will weaken as it moves into Kentucky early on Friday, eventually sweeping southeast into Virginia and West Virginia by Friday evening.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms will accompany the front.  Unfortunately, the front will cross central Kentucky early in the day, when we will see a minimum of thunderstorm coverage along the front due to the cooler morning air.  There will likely be breaks between the showers and thunderstorms in central Kentucky, leaving some areas dry while neighboring locations pick up a few tenths of an inch.  On Friday afternoon, thunderstorms should become more widespread to the south and east of Lexington because temperatures should be able to rise a few extra degrees before the front arrives. 

Here is a general rainfall forecast through Friday evening from the NAM / WRF model.  You’ll notice heavier rainfall amounts to the east, with less significant totals in the Bluegrass Region.

Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology

Thanks for stopping by the weather blog, folks!  STAY COOL out there, and be safe if you hear thunder.


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