GULLY WASHER WATCH
Late on Monday night the tropical air mass that has our climate looking and feeling like the Caribbean remains in an unstable mode. That atmospheric chaos is manifesting itself in a familiar summer pattern of rain; namely random showers and thunderstorms are going through a three step process of flaring, fading then reforming.
Along the way these showers are capable of brief street flooding and a lightning strike as they parade through.
Since these showers and storms are collecting from Appalachia all the way west to the Mississippi River, we have another day to go through before we can blow the all clear siren.
Since the distribution of weekend rains was bottom heavy (collecting 1 to 2 inches through Eastern Kentucky and Southern WV), at first glance it appears the Coalfield region of WV and Kentucky is at higher risk for high water.
Still to offset the notion the Coalfields are at higher risk for flooding is the likelihood that Tuesday’s rains will fall heavier in Southern Ohio and Central WV, mainly north of I-64.
All afternoon and evening, cells have been efficient water producers across Western and Central Ky and Western Ohio, so it is a good bet that any downpour we see on Tuesday will muster a similar might.
When you throw in the increased threat that Tuesday’s storms will have more wind energy to generate and to expend, the possibility of a severe storm watch seems high on Tuesday.
Given any storm watch will be when the kids are at school (or still home for summer on vacation) on Tuesday, it is prudent for parents and school officials to review their storm preps in the event a severe weather risk turns into a reality.
So we are on GULLY WASHER WATCH through Tuesday for street flooding and power hits and in a worst case scenario, high winds could accompany the stronger cells as they march through our region.
Tony’s Storm Tips
- Keep Kids playing close-by during a STORM WATCH since the sun will often be out.
- Stay off land based telephones during an electrical storm.
- Keep electronics off and stay away from live equipment until the storm passes.
- Stay away from windows during any high wind event.