Flash Flooding in Fleming County… Heat, T-Storms

Wednesday, July 18, 2012: Hot, Humid Weather Continues, Flash Flooding in Fleming County

Drought relief has been significant for some, but others have missed out on the locally heavy rainfall.  We’ll start with a quick recap of yesterday’s isolated thunderstorms.  Looking at the numbers, Jackson, KY broke a daily rainfall record with 0.61" of rain yesterday, but Lexington, Frankfort, London and Louisville missed out on Tuesday’s thunderstorms.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Knott County yesterday around midafternoon.  That storm produced 0.75" diameter hail in Carrie, KY, and it dropped 0.69" of rain into the rain gauge at the Kentucky Mesonet site about 5 miles from Hindman.

THIS MORNING, a new round of heavy-hitting thunderstorms with torrential rain and lots of lightning has crossed the northern part of our area, and the storms continue to drift southeast toward Cave Run Lake.  Radar estimates that 3" to 4" of rain fell with the storm in Flemingsburg, so a Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Fleming County until midafternoon.  Also, a Flood Advisory has been issued for Nicholas County, where some heavy rain has also fallen.  Heat Advisories continue across northern parts of the area as heat index values will climb to near 100° during the hottest part of the day (with actual air temps peaking near 93°).

Here are the weather alerts, just after 10 AM.  Head to our ZoomRadar map for an updated map of alerts throughout the middle and latter part of the day.

The Storm Prediction Center’s Convective Outlook now includes most of the Lexington metro area, northern Kentucky and eastern Kentucky in the slight risk zone for severe weather, today.

Strong straight-line winds of 60-70 mph, along with a hail threat, are the main concerns for the strongest thunderstorms today.  Flash flooding and lightning will also occur.

Tomorrow will also bring the potential for severe weather across the area, as moisture gathers ahead of a strong cold front, which will approach from the northwest.

Stay weather-aware, over the next few days.

I’ll leave you with a viewer-submitted photo.  Renea Holman was out with the camera again yesterday, and she snapped this photo of a bunny, appearing to tolerate the heat without too much trouble.

Stay cool, and be safe!


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