Street Flooding Downpours Return

Back on Gully Washer Watch

This Monday evening a feel of stuffiness is back in the air thanks to a southerly flow of tropical air.

The sultry atmosphere conjured up a round of drenching thunderstorms in much of southern and southeastern Kentucky on Monday afternoon and evening. Floyd, Pike and Martin Countians heard the echo of thunder reverberate through the Big Sandy Hills.

Virginia State climatologist Wayne Browning reported a torrential downpour in the evening cell that loudly swept through the Russell Fork Valley on the Virginia-Kentucky border.

While those cells faded as they crossed the Tug River in Mingo, Wayne and Logan WV, they served as a primer for activity to come, area-wide on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile drenching thunderstorms with prolific lightning and street flooding downpours were common to our west and north on Monday. From Louisville and Lexington north to Dayton, Columbus and Akron-Canton, the heavens opened up.

Our turn for this type of storm comes on Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday when towering clouds grow heaven-ward in the midst of the suddenly tropical air mass.

While these storms tend to be more rain and lightning producers as opposed to high wind makers, they do have the capability to muster wet microbursts. A wet microburst comes when a sudden surge of wind is sucked down to the ground from the top of a thunderstorm.

The end result, more dramatic cloud formations and photo ops as we return to the late spring pattern of daily gully washers.

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