Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Flash Flood Threat from Tropical Storm Cindy

Thursday Evening Update:

A Flash Flood WATCH has been issued and includes all of Western Kentucky, NW Tennessee, MO Bootheel, and the Ohio River counties in Southern IL. The heaviest rain is expected to start moving in very late Thursday night and during the day on Friday. Highest rainfall totals are still expected to sit along the Ohio River counties back into the Bootheel. The specific placement of the highest rainfall may shift northward or southward depending on exact path of low pressure moving across our area and how fast the cold front to our north will advance tomorrow.

Wednesday Evening Update:

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy will begin to quickly impact the Local 6 area starting Thursday morning across the south half of the area then spreading northward. While we may see some periods of gusty winds, even a quick, short-lived tornadic spin-up, but the overwhelming threat to the entire are will be very heavy rain and flash flooding from Thursday into Friday night.

Be looking for parts of the area to be included in a Flash Flood Watch as the storm approaches. The National Weather Service in Paducah is expecting to possibly issue one by late Wednesday evening at the earliest.
With a broad look at computer models and tracking the tropical remnants, the highest rainfall totals are expected to be along and south of the Ohio River. We'll have to wait for the storm's arrival to know where any heavier bands of showers and storms may set-up and enhance rain intensity. Here is a general look at where the heaviest rain is expected as of Wednesday evening.

You can always submit your rain/storm reports by posting to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #WPSDWx or message me! To send larger photos, please email to or post to the StormPins App, free in your app store.

Be sure to review flash flood safety and awareness. Here is a link to the basics of preparedness and much more from FEMA, click here.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Severe Storm Threat


A rather strong storm system will take aim on the Local 6 area Saturday and Saturday night. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a MODERATE RISK for an outbreak of severe weather. Several rounds of storms will be possible and as many people are looking to get outdoors for the long holiday weekend, storms may threaten at times.
 A first round is expected to moving through during the overnight hours Friday night into early Saturday morning with a low risk for severe. This changes dramatically Saturday afternoon and evening as a complex of storms develops over Missouri during the heat of the afternoon, while the atmosphere becomes highly unstable and ripe for widespread outbreak. This second round should move out by sunset while a third possible complex of storms develops again over Missouri and moves east from around 10pm into the very early morning hours of Sunday. 
The weather may change very quickly wherever you are tomorrow so be sure to have a way to receive severe weather alerts by text. It would be even more useful to have the WPSD Radar App so that you can enable lightning detection, weather alerts, and heavy precipitation alerts for your specific location.