Good Tuesday Afternoon everyone. Mother Nature is a little confused right now as she does not know what month it is. If you take a step outside you will see that is surely does not feel like mid-September but rather mid-July! Fortunately, it has been a dry heat as humidity values have not been terrible. However, numerous days in the 90s in September is something this area has not seen since 2010 where there were 14 days at or above 90 degrees recorded at Louisville International Airport. This September there have already been 7 days at or above 90. Also keep in mind 2010 had one of the hottest summers on record for the Ohio Valley. This September definitely has the potential to be one of the hottest on record. So how does the rest of the month look? HOT!
Rest of the Week:
The forecast for the rest of the week is going to remain pretty much the same day to day because of a blocking area high pressure keeping any chance for rain well to the north. The map below from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) shows this well.
The center of the high pressure system over Texas will slowly shift eastward as the storm system over California slowly pushes east as well. These systems will be moving extremely slow! That high will be over the Ohio Valley and Southeastern United States until next Tuesday! So for now, expect hot, dry, and sunny weather.
The map below from Pivotal Weather shows the GFS’s forecast for Thursdays highs around the Ohio Valley. For the most part, this forecast will be the same for much of the week. Upper 80’s and low 90’s for everyone.
With all of this hot and dry weather, another issue that comes to mind is drought! Currently Louisville and Lexington have only received about 0.65″ of rain this month which is about 1.20″ below normal. With no rain in the forecast for the next week the ground is going to become very dry! Make sure to be watering the plants and the yard often this week.
The map below from the US Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry conditions popping up in Southern Kentucky. For the most part, drought conditions have not set in across the area. Keep in mind this map is updated once a week and this map is from five days ago. The next two updates will most likely show more areas in the abnormally dry category.
Today: Sunny Skies. Mid to upper 80s.
Wednesday: Sunny Skies. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs in the upper 80s to near 90.
Thursday: Sunny Skies. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs in the upper 80s to low 90s.
Friday: Sunny Skies. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs in the low 90s.
Saturday: Mostly Sunny Skies. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs in the low 90s.
Sunday: Mostly Sunny Skies. Lows in the low to mid 60s. Highs in the upper 80s to near 90.
Monday: Partly Cloudy Skies. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs in the 80s.
Tuesday: Partly Cloudy Skies. Slight Chance of a thunderstorm. Lows in the 60s. Highs in the 80s.