We had a close call on Tuesday but everything panned out pretty much as expected. The warm front got stuck over Louisville early Tuesday and we had our t’storms. Certainly woke me up. There were a few t’storm warnings though there were no reports of severe weather. Once that first impulse moved by, the warm front surged north and the second wave came across, producing a tornado warning for Lawrence and Jackson county around midday. There was some damage and an injury near Bedford. That storm caused a little trouble in Scott and Jefferson counties in Indiana. The warm front then moved farther north and storms in the evening trekked just north of the viewing area dropping a couple of possible tornadoes in counties between Louisville and Indianapolis.
As the warm front lifted north, we got a surge of warm air aloft, which the models picked up on very nicely. That is the cap I kept talking about. That is when you get warmer air aloft and an air parcel can’t be lifted so easily unless you heat up the lower atmosphere enough or some other dynamic feature forces the parcel upward. If it breaks the cap, that’s when you get thunderstorms that just explode. We had a ton of potential energy and still do, but the cap was so strong that it was impossible to tap that energy. Along the warm front, it was possible. Overnight, the storms will progress to our north from the west to east. It’s possible that the atmosphere may cool from to bottom in the northern areas but not real likely for much of the viewing area as so much warm air continues to surge in aloft. For that reason, there may be some storms in the extreme north on Wednesday morning. Then the whole warm front lifts farther north and we are done. Most of the viewing area, particularly from Louisville to the south is probably done period. We’re all in for a big heat up through the weekend as a ridge builds in and we look like early August instead of early June.
The SPC map from Tuesday afternoon for Wednesday will probably hold true but I will update on Wednesday morning.
On This Date In History: Everyone knows about Paul Revere’s ride with him crying out “the British are coming” and the Old North Church “one if by land, two if by sea.” But what about Jack Jouett? He may have done as much or more to save the Revolution on June 4, 1781.
The Virginia Assembly was convening in Charlottesville, Va. Jouett was a captain in the Virginia Militia and the 27-year-old was hanging around the Cuckoo Tavern in Louisa County. There he saw part of the 250 Redcoats whom he found out were on their way to Charlottesville to capture the Assembly…including Thomas Jefferson. Jouett took off into the night and rode 40 miles through dense wilderness that was dangerous by day and possibly deadly by night. Unlike Revere, he didn’t travel by nice well-traveled roads. It’s amazing that he got through because most people couldn’t have made the trip in one day let alone one night. He arrived at Jefferson’s door at Monticello at dawn, his face swollen and scratched from branches that whacked him to and fro on his harrowing trip. Nevertheless…when the British arrived, the Assembly was gone, including Jefferson. So, the lesson may be that if you are trying something clever…stay out of taverns. And, I think we should start a new rhyme about Jack Jouett.
Now listen Children now sit right back, and hear the tale of Captain Jack
He rode through the night and was slapped in the face
He rescued Jefferson from a dangerous place!