06/26/2016

Spotty Showers and Storms Today

Today is going to be a scorcher! Air temperatures will be in the middle 90s today and it will be humid, making it feel even warmer. The heat index or the "feels like" will be in the upper 90s or even 100 degrees! 

6-26 pool forecast

Humidity is directly related to the dew point. Mid-morning dew points have already been increased back to the lower and mid 70s. This is going make it very uncomfortable outside this afternoon. 

6-26 dew point temps

We are smack dab in the middle of a warm front and a cold front. This area is known as the warm sector. It is a very warm and humid air mass. A cold front is positioned to our NW. It is firing off showers and storms, that are progressing NE. But more storms are expected to develop along the front during the afternoon over the course of daytime heating. 

6-26 surf sat rad

Some of these storms could be strong, but I think we will miss out on most of the action. The Storm Prediction Center has southern Indiana under a "marginal risk" for severe weather. This is the lowest level they provide of six categories. It was also shifted further to the north to exclude some of our counties this morning. SPC's discussion does not even mention the Ohio River Valley. Their focus is northern Indiana. 

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While severe weather cannot be completely ruled out, we are lacking several ingredients. If any storms become strong or severe, the main threats would be gusty winds, heavy rain and lightning too. The chances for storms will increase as we move into this evening and tonight as the cold front approaches. 

6-26 storm talk

Because of all the heat and humidity, we will have decent instability known as CAPE, or Convective Available Potential Energy, around 2000-2500 J/kG. 

6-26 NAM 00Z CAPE

6-26 00Z CAPE

What we are really lacking is shear or wind energy. It is only about 10-15 kts at the mid-level, which is very weak and not really conducive for severe weather. 

6-26 850 winds

Isolated showers and storms are possible this afternoon, but as mentioned above, the chances for storms become more likely throughout the evening, tonight and tomorrow morning, as the cold front approaches.  They will stay pretty scattered though. 

6-26 adv 1 pm

6-26 adv 3 pm

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Once the cold front pushes through, both our air and dew point temperatures will drop. By the middle of the week, it will be significantly cooler after we replace that warm and humid airmass with a cooler and drier one. 

6-26 cooler rick

How low will we go? And for how long? Find out tonight on WDRB this evening with Jeremy! He will also have the latest information about our storm threats for Monday morning. 

I'll keep you posted on social media as well! Find my links below. Have a great rest of your weekend! 

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06/25/2016

Distillery Turns San Francisco Fog Into Vodka!

According to the California distillery named Hangar 1, vodka is made of 60 percent water. In the face horrible drought in those parts, the company wanted to come up with a sustainable way to make the alcohol. Their solution was brilliant! San Francisco fog has been used to produce a $125 vodka called Fog Point...

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Image Credit: Wiki

In order to make this work, the distillery installed fog catchers as a means to gather fresh water. The fog catchers were placed at Berkeley Hills, Outer Sunset, El Sobrante, and Sutro Tower. According to their website: "A fog catcher consists of a precision-engineered mesh canvas that is stretched out on a frame, then erected high in the air at a location rich in pure fog. As fog drifts through the mesh, millions of beads of moisture are caught in its fibers."

 

Video Courtesy: Hanger 1 Vodka


The company claims that Fog Point is a an extraordinarily crisp, pure, and gluten free sipping vodka with elegant hints of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle. Thirsty? The expensive vodka can found in California, New York, and Florida or purchased online at Reserve Bar. It might be tough considering they only produced 2,400 bottles during a six-month period. Hangar 1 says that the profits are going to water conservation.

 

 

 
 
 

The Dangers of Floods

It has been a rough couple of days for the residents of West Virginia after heavy rain resulted in SEVERE flooding. 44 counties were under a state of emergency. At least 26 people have been killed and sadly, the Governor says that number could rise.

For the past few days, all I have seen is haunting images and videos featuring the power of rushing water. I wanted to share them with all of you, in Kentuckiana, in order to raise awareness about the dangers of floods.

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding, THAN ANY OTHER storm related hazard. This is mainly because people underestimate their force and power. According to NOAA and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all flood related deaths occur when a car is driven onto a flooded road. This started the well-known (not practiced enough) phrase "Turn Around; Don't Drown".

Remember these numbers when it comes to floods: 6, 12 and 24. All in INCHES.

*6 INCHES: Can knock over an adult.

*12 INCHES: Can carry away a small car.

*24 INCHES: Can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and vans.

Flooded roads, streams, creeks are never safe to walk, drive, swim or boat on.

The videos below are all from West Virginia this week. This first is short, but shows a home that was ripped off of its foundation, caught fire and was floating downstream. It really leaves you speechless.

 

Video Courtesy: Premier Media

This next video shows a car being swept away in rushing flood waters. Hard to believe it was ever a road.

 

Video Courtesy: Storyful News

And finally, this drone video captures the widespread devastation left behind in WV.

 

Video Courtesy: Storyful News

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06/24/2016

Wild and Dangerous Weather in China

Over the past few days in China, there have been multiple headlines for the deadly storms that have claimed the lives of dozens and resulted in around 100 million dollars in damages. It started with torrential rain, that triggered flooding in eastern China. This video was taken at a shopping center near Jinan, China. It's really something, check it out below.

Video Courtesy: Batallon Caido

If the floods weren't enough, there was a deadly tornado on Thursday, accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain and hail, that killed around 100 people and hundreds more were injured. Tornadoes are not unheard of in China, but rather rare. The country sees about a dozen a year, but the data is lacking and unreliable, so we are not 100% sure. What is crystal clear though, are the several videos of the tornado from yesterday that are circulating the web. One is below.

Video Courtesy: BengalFestival.com

Back home, we have had very active weather as well this week. We are getting a much needed but brief break from showers and storms today. However, they return to our forecast this weekend. Find out how much they will impact your plans during WDRB News with Marc this evening! I will see you tomorrow morning, bright and early, from 6-9 am! Until then, find me on social media!

 

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 -Meteorologist Katie McGraw

06/23/2016

Severe T-Storm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center have issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for most of our viewing area until 11 pm. Supercell storms are expected to develop, that could produce damaging winds up to 60 mph and large hail. Flash Flooding is also a possibility, because there could be some torrential downpours. Be sure to stay tuned to WDRB News this evening with Marc and Rick to get the latest information. Read the watch below. 

Warnings

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
290 IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EDT /10 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING FOR THE
FOLLOWING AREAS

IN INDIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 10 COUNTIES

IN SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA

CLARK                 CRAWFORD              DUBOIS               
FLOYD                 HARRISON              JEFFERSON            
ORANGE                PERRY                 SCOTT                
WASHINGTON            

IN KENTUCKY THIS WATCH INCLUDES 42 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL KENTUCKY

ANDERSON              BOYLE                 FRANKLIN             
GARRARD               JESSAMINE             MERCER               
WOODFORD              

IN NORTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY

BRECKINRIDGE          BULLITT               HARDIN               
HENRY                 JEFFERSON             LARUE                
MEADE                 NELSON                OLDHAM               
SHELBY                SPENCER               TRIMBLE              
WASHINGTON            

IN NORTHWEST KENTUCKY

HANCOCK               OHIO                  

IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY

ADAIR                 ALLEN                 BARREN               
BUTLER                CASEY                 CLINTON              
CUMBERLAND            EDMONSON              GRAYSON              
GREEN                 HART                  LINCOLN              
LOGAN                 MARION                METCALFE             
MONROE                RUSSELL               SIMPSON              
TAYLOR                WARREN                

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...ALBANY...BARDSTOWN...BEDFORD...
BOWLING GREEN...BRANDENBURG...BROWNSVILLE...BURKESVILLE...
CAMPBELLSVILLE...COLUMBIA...CORYDON...DANVILLE...EDMONTON...
ELIZABETHTOWN...ENGLISH...FRANKFORT...FRANKLIN...GLASGOW...
GREENSBURG...HARDINSBURG...HARRODSBURG...HARTFORD...HAWESVILLE...
HODGENVILLE...JAMESTOWN...JASPER...JEFFERSONVILLE...LA GRANGE...
LANCASTER...LAWRENCEBURG...LEBANON...LEITCHFIELD...LEWISPORT...
LIBERTY...LOUISVILLE...MADISON...MORGANTOWN...MUNFORDVILLE...
NEW ALBANY...NEW CASTLE...NICHOLASVILLE...PAOLI...PROVIDENCE...
RUSSELLVILLE...SALEM...SCOTTSBURG...SCOTTSVILLE...SHELBYVILLE...
SHEPHERDSVILLE...SPRINGFIELD...STANFORD...TAYLORSVILLE...
TELL CITY...TOMPKINSVILLE AND VERSAILLES.

 

*This is the earlier tornado watch issued by the SPC:  Tornado Watch for Carroll County from now (3 pm) until 10 pm tonight. Supercell storms are expected to develop, that could produce a few tornadoes, as well as damaging winds up to 70 mph and baseball sized hail. Flash Flooding is also a possibility, because there could be some torrential downpours. Be sure to stay tuned to WDRB News this evening to get the latest information. Read the watch below. 

  Warnings

 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     FAR SOUTHEAST INDIANA
     EASTERN KENTUCKY
     SOUTHERN OHIO
     FAR WESTERN VIRGINIA
     WEST VIRGINIA

   * EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 300 PM UNTIL
     1000 PM EDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
     SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER
       POSSIBLE

   SUMMARY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE IN MULTIPLE CORRIDORS
   ACROSS THE REGION...INCLUDING NEAR A PRE-FRONTAL TROUGH...COLD FRONT
   AND NEAR RESIDUAL OUTFLOW BOUNDARIES. ASIDE FROM SEVERE WIND AND
   HAIL...LOW-LEVEL SHEAR IS SUPPORTIVE OF A SUPERCELL-RELATED TORNADO
   RISK...PARTICULARLY ACROSS FAR EASTERN KENTUCKY...FAR SOUTHERN OHIO
   INTO WEST VIRGINIA NEAR AN OUTFLOW BOUNDARY.

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 80 STATUTE
   MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 40 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
   CINCINNATI OHIO TO 40 MILES EAST OF CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA. 
   FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
   OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

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 -Meteorologist Katie McGraw

Tornado Watch Issued

The National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center have issued a Tornado Watch for Carroll County from now (3 pm) until 10 pm tonight. Supercell storms are expected to develop, that could produce a few tornadoes, as well as damaging winds up to 70 mph and baseball sized hail. Flash Flooding is also a possibility, because there could be some torrential downpours. Be sure to stay tuned to WDRB News this evening to get the latest information. Read the watch below. 

  Warnings

 

 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     FAR SOUTHEAST INDIANA
     EASTERN KENTUCKY
     SOUTHERN OHIO
     FAR WESTERN VIRGINIA
     WEST VIRGINIA

   * EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 300 PM UNTIL
     1000 PM EDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
     SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER
       POSSIBLE

   SUMMARY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE IN MULTIPLE CORRIDORS
   ACROSS THE REGION...INCLUDING NEAR A PRE-FRONTAL TROUGH...COLD FRONT
   AND NEAR RESIDUAL OUTFLOW BOUNDARIES. ASIDE FROM SEVERE WIND AND
   HAIL...LOW-LEVEL SHEAR IS SUPPORTIVE OF A SUPERCELL-RELATED TORNADO
   RISK...PARTICULARLY ACROSS FAR EASTERN KENTUCKY...FAR SOUTHERN OHIO
   INTO WEST VIRGINIA NEAR AN OUTFLOW BOUNDARY.

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 80 STATUTE
   MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 40 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
   CINCINNATI OHIO TO 40 MILES EAST OF CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA. 
   FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
   OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

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 -Meteorologist Katie McGraw

Severe Weather Likely Later Today

The Storm Prediction Center is monitoring the conditions for our area and there is likely going to be a severe thunderstorm watch issued soon based on the data. The main threats are going to be gusty, damaging winds, hail, and torrential rain at times. Read what SPC has to say about the threat below and be sure to stay weather aware. 

6-23 mcd

DISCUSSION...RECENT RADAR TRENDS HAVE SHOWN QUICKLY DEVELOPING CONVECTION ACROSS SW OH AND NE KY. CURRENT VISIBLE SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS AN INCREASINGLY AGITATED CU FIELD AHEAD OF THE PRE-FRONTAL TROUGH PUSHING SEWD TOWARD THE OH RIVER. ENVIRONMENT AHEAD OF THIS BOUNDARY IS CHARACTERIZED BY TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 80S...DEWPOINTS IN THE LOW 70S...AND MLCAPE AROUND 1500-2500 J/KG...AND EFFECTIVE SHEAR FROM 40-50 KT. THIS ENVIRONMENT IS SUPPORTIVE OF SUPERCELLS AND A WW WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED TO COVER THE RESULTING SVR THREAT.

Marc and Rick will have the latest information tonight on WDRB News this evening at 4 and 6 pm. We will also all be keeping you up to date on social media. 

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 -Meteorologist Katie McGraw

Severe Weather Risk Is Legit Later Today

From Jude Redfield...

    Fist things first...the temperature and dewpoint combined will make it feel closer to 105 later today.  Use caution if spending much time outside.

RadarHelp1

    A break from the dangerous heat arrives tomorrow as feels like temps drop closer to 90.

Stormview

    Time to discuss our severe weather risk. The best chance for storm development will occur around 3pm (give or take a bit)  A few storms could easily get going a couple hours prior to 3, but 3pm looks to be a time when it starts to cook on the radar. Storms become much more numerous near super time. Some of these storms will be severe!

Specialgraphic

    A gradual progression to the south and east will take place after 7pm. Most of the storms begin to fade after midnight.

RadarHelp

    The ridiculous amounts of moisture will help lead to very heavy rain. Some storms will be capable of dropping 1"-3" in a short period of time. This could prompt a few flash flood warnings. NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO GET THE RAIN NEEDED TO HELP WITH SOME OF THE DRY CONDITIONS EXPERIENCED OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.

    While some hail will most likely occur in some of the stronger storms, I don't expect widespread destructive hail reports today. The risk for tornadoes remains relatively low as well.

    Our biggest concern hits us in the form of damaging straight-line wind. I will be shocked if we don't end up with multiple reports of damaging straight-line wind gusts greater than 60mph later today and tonight. These kind of winds WILL NOT impact all locations however. Severe t-storm wind gusts will remain local in nature.

    The map below shows the spots I feel has the best chance at severe weather. A large chunk of Kentucky appears to be in the bullseye as far as I'm concerned.

WatchWarning

    Future radar images below have a good handle on the situation in my opinion. DISCLAIMER...don't take them as gospel, rather use them as an estimate and kind of storm coverage we could possibly expect.

Shoes

Most of the heavy duty storms press closer to the KY/TN border near midnight.

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Snow Reports

    Some of the storms look to pack quite a powerful jab later on. Make sure to check in with Katie, Marc & Rick later today and tonight as they will be on duty watching the radar like a hawk. -Jude Redfield-

06/22/2016

Severe Risk INCREASED And EXPANDED For Tonight & Tomorrow!

The Storm Prediction Center has increased and expanded the severe risk for tonight and tomorrow. First of all, it's important for you to know that only sections of Kentuckiana will end up dealing with storms over the next 24 hours. Let's start with the TONIGHT risk that all depends on the evolution of storms in the upper Midwest. A cluster of storms will ride along a warm front and POTENTIALLY scrape counties north and east of Louisville between 2 - 8 AM. Notice the "slight risk" in yellow, with the "enhanced risk" illustrated by the red hatched zone...

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Here's the deal. Even though these storms COULD miss us some of us, if they do hit they would mean serious business. It's better to be safe than sorry in a situation like this. Our northeastern counties should stay plugged in to the weather just in case the cluster makes it further south. If they do, damaging winds and flash flooding would be the main threats. This is something we will be watching VERY closely. Now we can move on to the severe threat for Thursday. The Storm Prediction Center has finally highlighted more of our area in their "slight risk" for  tomorrow afternoon...    

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I think most of Southern Indiana is in the clear Thursday afternoon, except for counties that are adjacent to the river. Kentucky by far has the better chance at seeing scattered storms firing up. Don't forget, scattered means some of you will get missed. Any storm could be strong to severe with damaging winds and large hail as the primary threats. Once the front slides through during the evening hours, we shut down the chance for storms. While Friday looks dry, the heat and humidity don't really come down much with highs close to 90. Marc Weinberg and I will be on WDRB tonight with updates!  

 

 

 

06/21/2016

Severe Risk Posted For Some Next 2 Days...

The storms that flared up across Kentucky earlier today have left the building. It stays quiet until first thing tomorrow when another cluster of storms make a run at us. I think locations that didn't see the rain today will have a better chance at dealing with storms tomorrow as a weakening MCS takes aim at Kentuckiana...

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A Mesoscale Convective System (MCS) is a complex of thunderstorms which becomes organized on a scale larger than the individual thunderstorms, and normally persists for several hours or more. The timing will help limit the severe potential, but an isolated warning or two for gusty winds can't be ruled out during the morning hours. In my opinion, tropical downpours may be more problematic leading to reduced visibilities and localized flash flooding...

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Locations northeast of Louisville may see redevelopment during the afternoon. Those storms could definitely be strong to severe with hail and highs winds as the main threats. Meanwhile, it will be a dangerous day in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic as a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm unfolds. Keep this is mind if you have travel plans late Wednesday...

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There's still quite a bit of uncertainty regarding this event, but the tail end may clip us early Thursday morning. Blinding rainfall would be a serious concern if this plays out. We will keep you posted if this trend holds...

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The final round of storms ignite along a cold front Thursday afternoon. Just like today, NOT EVERYONE will be impacted by these storms. Areas south of Louisville have the best chance. The severe weather ingredients including wind energy, instability, and forcing are all there so please be aware Thursday. The latest risk from the Storm Prediction Center should probably be expanded to include more of our counties in Kentucky...   

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Marc Weinberg and I will be on WDRB at 10 and 11 with updates on the severe risk. Plus, find out when to expect heat index values in the triple digits!