Flood Watch as May Plays Catch-Up
It’s an unusual occurrence in late spring; namely, folks water their lawns and gardens and even golf courses syringing their greens and fairways.
Indeed despite Tuesday’s downpours, the month of May on average has only mustered 2.5” of rain during the first 27 days. While far from a drought indicator, there is need for some healthy rains as we head into summer.
Late this Wednesday afternoon, another round of popcorn thunderstorms has formed in tempered heat and humidity of this May day. Localized street flooding and a few power hits are likely with the more potent cells before sunset.
As per usual, activity will wane at dusk then a quirky event will occur pre-dawn. New showers and thunderstorms will blossom likely in Eastern Kentucky then spread north and east into Ohio and West Virginia for first light of Thursday.
With a cool front pressing in from the north at the same time, the stage will be set for more widespread downpours on Thursday, any one of which can insight some high water.
By the time the front sages south on Thursday night, many areas will have added a healthy 1-2” of rain in the rain bucket. That would bring the May total to a respectable 4”+ inches, right on target for the season.
Flash Flood Watches have been posted by the National Weather Service for Wednesday night and Thursday. So if you live in a flood prone area, clean out those storm drains, and keep an eye to the sky for slow moving, drenching storms the next 2 days.
Since I am away on a golfing expedition this weekend, I will merely post that drying winds will arrive in time for Friday night outdoor graduations (Johnson Central et al) and weekend events like the Car Show at Ritter Park and Symphony Sunday in Charleston on the banks of the Great Kanawha at UC.
Weekend highs in the hot 80s will demand a sun screen with overnight lows in the cozy upper 50s and low 60s.