What I’ve been advertising all week is still holding true. We have a good cold front that will halt the heat and humidity for Saturday. The front will be approaching Saturday afternoon during the heat of the day. I suspect that any cap we have will be eroding. I looked at the indices and vertical profiles for the NAM and GFS for the next few days and we have a whole mess of potential energy. There is nothing that jumps out at me regarding tornadic activity but the potential will be there for strong thunderstorms and they would have the potential for strong winds. We’ll keep you up to date. Remember, you can click on the WLKY website in weather and gain access to interactive radar. You can navigate down to street level anywhere in the country. The gizmo will even let you find out the characteristics of strong storm…i.e. what direction and speed they are moving and whether there is hail, winds, heavy rain, lightning…the whole works. Just click on the link below to the direct access. It’s pretty cool and its applicable for anyone in the country.
Here is the text from the SPC report that pertains to the Ohio Valley
…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM THE GREAT LAKES REGION/OHIO VALLEY TO THE PLAINS… …OHIO VALLEY/GREAT LAKES STATES TO THE CENTRAL/SOUTHERN PLAINS… POTENTIAL WIDESPREAD SEVERE THREAT APPEARS LIKELY TO CONTINUE INTO SATURDAY FROM THE GREAT LAKES REGION/OHIO VALLEY TO THE CENTRAL/SOUTHERN PLAINS. COLD UPPER TROUGH WILL CONTINUE TO MIGRATE EASTWARD OVER THE UPPER MIDWEST/WESTERN GREAT LAKES…WITH SEASONALLY STRONG MID/UPPER FLOW OVERSPREADING MUCH OF THE OHIO/TENNESSEE VALLEY AND GREAT LAKES STATES. POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD DEEP CONVECTION ON DAY 2 COMPLICATES THE DETAILS AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER…AMPLE LARGE SCALE FORCING FOR ASCENT…INCREASINGLY STRONG WIND FIELDS ALOFT /AND THE SOUTHEASTWARD SPREAD THEREOF/…AND A MOIST/UNSTABLE PRE-COLD FRONTAL WARM SECTOR WILL SUPPORT A NUMBER OF SEVERE TSTMS ON SATURDAY. ALL CONVECTIVE MODES/HAZARDS ARE POSSIBLE. A POTENTIALLY ORGANIZED SEVERE THREAT WILL EXIST AS FAR WEST AS THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS…WHERE A MOIST/UNSTABLE EASTERLY UPSLOPE REGIME WILL FAVOR THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE TSTMS INCLUDING SUPERCELLS.
Heavy rain is falling again the the plains and they will remain susceptible to heavy rain through Friday. Many rivers have fallen but there will be the risk of them rising again. Meantime…water pollution…I keep harping on it and the global media is more concerned with global warming while we poison ourselves for certain. Note in the story below how the subjects in the story are flippant about bacteria and such saying it’s not that big of a deal…as if it’s acceptable.
Here is a story from nearly two weeks ago that said, “But of more immediate concern to state and Federal emergency aid officials were health threats and property damage caused by pollution.” Two weeks later, they are like Kevin Bacon in Animal House declaring “all is well” as the town square turns to mayhem. Contrast this story about raw sewage going into the rivers and oil spills with the previous one that paints a much rosier picture.
I’m tellin’ ya…it’s the water pollution we need to be focusing on. There’s no reason for it to be acceptable for sewage plants to be overflowing into rivers. We can fix it if we want to.
Here are some more photos from the Boston Globe from the Mighty Mississippi River flooding Iowa. I ignored them before but shouldn’t have.
This is a cool photo of Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong as what was left of Typhoon Fengshen came ashore to the east of this location. It’s a very creative photo but I can’t help but thinking that Godzilla is about to appear in the picture. It looks like something from those movies. I also wonder if any ferry operators were trying to shuttle people around.