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Douglass Harlow's Outlook
from the Storm Team Weather Center

One More Round Of Rain...Then Significant Improvement

Douglass Harlow Showers and storms from Thursday faded overnight, for the most part, with fog forming in their wake thanks to a damp ground. Temperatures fell into the 60s and you'll still note plenty of humidity out there early this morning. That means our airmass hasn't changed, in spite of several boundaries crossing the region over the last couple of days. The main boundary, a cold front, is currently over the upper Ohio Valley...and moving our way. This will eventually bring us a much drier airmass...but not until tonight and tomorrow. Ahead of it we'll expect another round of showers and storms to flare up. This morning is pretty quiet for most...a spotty shower isn't out of the question but most of us are dry with hazy sun breaking out through the fog. As we get close to lunchtime, however, showers and storms will begin increasing quickly across eastern Ohio and Kentucky and that activity will spread east through West Virginia in the early to mid-afternoon. It doesn't look like any severe weather is likely at this point...but some briefly heavy rain is possible along with the usual Summertime lightning and thunder display. Fortunately winds are well-aligned out of the west and that should keep these cells moving eastward quickly, so any heavy rain will be relatively short-lived and shouldn't cause any serious flooding (although some quick ponding and poor drainage high water is possible). Temperatures today will be variable based on the downpours but should be up near 80 degrees when you're dry.

I think the heaviest cells are east of Charleston by 6 PM but the actual front will just be moving through at that point...and could still generate a couple of showers. Don't be put off...they'll fade quickly by 7-8 PM and the rest of the evening looks great...so all in all some good weather for Live on the Levee. Temperatures will fall rapidly into the 60s as winds turn brisk into the west behind that front. Overnight clearing skies and a wet ground will lead to some thick fog in spots. Temperatures will tumble all the way down to 54 degrees.

It may take a little while but once the fog burns off Saturday morning we're in line for a fantastic day. High pressure nosing in from the Ohio Valley will provide a light northerly wind that will keep our humidity very low and sunshine plentiful for the afternoon. Temperatures will reach about 80 degrees...as nice as it can get for mid-June.

Sunday will get warmer and muggier as that high shifts east and winds turn into the southwest but overall it looks nice and for most of us remains dry...with a mix of sun and clouds. I say 'most' because it's not out of the question that a couple of showers pop up in our eastern Kentucky counties in the afternoon but those should be isolated. We'll top out around 87 degrees.

Monday and Tuesday are looking hot...a word we haven't used much around here recently. We've got a good shot of reaching 90 degrees both days if you remain dry...there will be some scattered storms popping up but at this point they are more likely north of I-64 if anywhere. A better chance for some active weather arrives Wednesday as a cold front moves in from the north...this could produce some stout storms around the middle of next week.
--Douglass Harlow
Storm Team Meteorologist
Updated: Jun. 13, 2014 9:19 AM EDT

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