Fall 2016 has featured nothing but extremes; record setting temps in October and now bone dry conditions in November. The warm, dry weather looks to continue through the rest of the week with a chance for some much needed rain Friday night.
Here is a look at a few maps from the US Drought Monitor showing almost all of Kentucky experiencing drought conditions and even parts of Southern Indiana.
- Yellow: Abnormally Dry
- Light Brown: Moderate Drought
- Orange: Severe Drought
Overall the weather this past week has been typical of Mid-November with cold frosty mornings and mild afternoons. This week will be even warmer with temperatures nearing record territory again by Friday. The map below from the SPC shows a trough of low pressure over the Eastern US while a ridge of high pressure is over the West. This ridge will move over the Ohio Valley during the next couple days allowing warmer air to engulf the region. On top of the warmer temps, winds will be on the gusty side creating perfect conditions for fire weather Thursday and Friday. The local National Weather Service Websites will give more information on where and when burn bans will be in place.
By Friday Night a cold front will pass through the region bringing an end to the short Indian Summer. Strong scattered thunderstorms are not out of the question Friday night, especially in Western Kentucky and Indiana. The rain will be much needed though.This will not eradicate drought conditions; however every little bit of rain helps and will temporarily reduce wild fire dangers. After the front passes through, the bottom drops out as high temps will plummet into the 40s/low50s for the weekend and into early next week! Enjoy the warm weather while it’s here.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy skies early, clearing out late.Highs in the low to mid 60s.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny skies. Lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Highs in the mid 60s.
Thursday: Sunny skies. Lows in the low to mid 40s. Highs in the low to mid 70s.
Friday: Mostly sunny skies. Isolated storms later in the evening. Lows in the low 50s. Highs nearing record territory in thee low to mid 70s.
Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Isolated shower possible. Temps in the mid to upper 40s.
Sunday: Mostly sunny skies. Cold. Hard freeze likely. Lows in the mid to upper 20s. Highs in the mid to upper 40s.
Monday: Sunny skies. Cold. Lows in the mid to upper 20s. Highs in the mid to upper 40s.