Earlier today, my friend Marshall had an amazing question for me after the teaser I sent out this morning.
"What's up with this winter typhoon thingy?"
After some weird looks and a long, intense, stare with a perplexed look stung across my face, it finally occurred to me that he was referring to my text sent out this morning that included the term, Polar Vortex.
Just to clear up some confusion, the Polar Vortex is not just a winter time thing. In fact, though blown up by the media this past winter, it's really just the name of the air mass that usually resides over the north pole, and southern visits are honestly pretty common. So after a good stretch of summer like weather with hot toasty days and highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, a period of change is certainly on the way to our part of the region, as the Polar Vortex is once again headed south.
However, if you're going from temperatures this warm to weather of a much cooler nature, something has got to give, and that, my friends, is the real reason for this blog post as the region is at risk for severe weather tonight and Monday, and that will hopefully bring some MUCH NEEDED rain to the blue....er, Browngrass state of Kentucky.
Here's the breakdown.
Right now, most of the area is experiencing a humid sunshine with temps in the upper 80 and low 90s…..Basically your typical July afternoon. So far, most of the action has been associated along a line right along the Ohio River, headed through the Cincinnati and Miami Valley areas.
Now what I’m expecting is for that line to continue to sink southward, especially later this evening, and as it does so, widespread development of showers and thunderstorms should take place over the Kentucky market. Headed into Monday, those shower and storm chances will stick around.
Below is the area outline by the SPC for severe weather.
Beyond that, the Polar Vortex settles in, allowing many places to cool down to the low to mid 70s for highs for much of this week.
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