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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Louisville KY
201 PM EST Sat Feb 24 2018

.Short Term...(This evening through Sunday night)
Issued at 200 PM EST Sat Feb 24 2018

...SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOODING RISK THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT...
...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT...

A potentially significant weather event will unfold across central
Kentucky and southern Indiana over the next 12-18 hours.

***Flash Flooding Potential***

First, antecedent conditions have primed the area for a significant
flash flooding risk. The past 4 to 7 days most of the area has
picked up well over 5 inches of rain, especially along the Ohio
River counties. Latest flash flood guidance shows 1 to 3 hour values
of 1 inch, or less, in many areas. Some of these values may not be
representative given the significant river flooding ongoing and high
backwater flooding. Basically, the area can`t take much more water
and the rare WPC high risk highlights well the greatest risk.

The latest hi-res models show convection moving into central KY and
southern IN beginning mid/late afternoon on the nose of the
increasing 850 mb moisture transport. This convection will be along
the axis of high PWATs, and this morning`s OHX sounding 1.43 inches
was near a record for the month of February. Warm cloud depths are 3
to 3.5 km, which is extremely significant for mid/late February.
Basically, the atmosphere has rare amounts of moisture and the
thunderstorms will be extremely efficient rain producers.
Showers/thunderstorms are expected to train along the stalled warm
front, which will likely be along the I-64 corridor through late
this evening.

Additional rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 2 inches are expected with
localized higher amounts a certainty. 4 to even 6 inch amounts not
out of the question across north-central KY and parts of southern
IN. Extreme care and attention should be given to any areal flood or
flash flood warnings that are issued. Remember, flash flooding is
the leading cause of weather related deaths in the United States!

***Damaging Wind / Tornado Potential***

Latest mesoanalysis shows the 1000 mb surface-based CAPE line now
creeping into southern Kentucky where the dewpoints have risen into
the mid 60s. Visible satellite imagery from GOES-East shows pockets
of clearing across middle TN and south-central KY which has allowed
temperatures to climb into the low/mid 70s.

Regional radar shows a few lines of convection beginning to develop
across western KY and extreme southwest KY, that will move
east/northeast into parts of the area by mid afternoon. As this
convection grows in the increasing unstable environment and
interacts with the warm front, will have to watch for severe threat
potential through this evening. A window for a small (but increased)
tornado threat will occur with these storms as they still remain
surface based within the warm sector and the LLJ begins to ramp up
and lead to increased clockwise low-level hodographs (i.e.,
increased storm relative helicity).

Then, later this evening into the overnight hours, the second wave
of severe weather is anticipated. Deep layer and low level shear
increase substantially during the overnight hours ahead of the line,
with 0-6km shear approaching 60kts while 0-1km shear approaches 40-
50kts. While instability will remain low (<500J/KG), it will
probably be sufficient to keep storms strong to severe along/west of
I-65. As they pass east of I-65 into the Bluegrass region,
instability wanes, and most models weaken the line. With such a
strong low level wind field, straight line damaging wind gusts will
be the most likely severe threat. With very saturated soils, would
not be surprised to see reports of trees toppling over even in sub-
severe winds (i.e. 40 to 50 mph gusts).

There will also be a threat for quick spin-up tornadoes within the
line, especially in bowing segments where the rear inflow jet
descends or surging outflow contribute to the development of
mesovortices. The orientation of the 0-3km shear vector will
generally favor tornadic mesovortices on the northern end of these
bowing segments or broken lines.

*** Confidence ***

Confidence is very high that significant flash flooding will occur
across north central KY and portions of southern Indiana as waves of
heavy rain train over these same areas that have been hardest hit
the past week. Confidence in damaging winds lies between
medium/high, especially along/west of I-65 in Kentucky. The tornado
threat is low/medium generally across portions of south-central KY,
generally west of I-65.

&&

.Long Term...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 145 PM EST Sat Feb 24 2018

...Active Weather Potentially Mid to Late Week...

High pressure across the lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley will
bring a couple of drier, less active days to the region. A southern
stream system will pass just to the south of Kentucky as it heads
into the Appalachians Monday / Monday night. High pressure will then
remain in control for Tuesday. Plan on highs in the 60s with lows in
the 30s to around 40.

By late Tuesday night into Wednesday, the upper level pattern begins
to amplify as a southwest US trough digs into western Texas. The
southwest flow downstream will bring increasing Gulf moisture
northward with PWATs expected to climb back over 1.2 inches across
middle TN and portions of central KY. An area of low pressure is
forecast to develop across the central Plains and then rapidly
deepen as the upper trough becomes negatively tilted before lifting
to the Chicago area. A cold front is forecast to sweep across the
area sometime Wednesday / Wed Night / Thursday. Showers and some
thunderstorms will be possible. It`s too early to speculate on
severe thunderstorm potential as timing the frontal passage remains
uncertain but the synoptic setup does give the potential.

Widespread rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is currently forecast but with
the convective nature there could be locally higher amounts.
Regardless, any additional rainfall could renew or aggravate ongoing
flooding and river flooding concerns across the area despite a
couple of drier days leading up to this event.

Beyond that, upper troughing and high pressure Friday into next
weekend could bring a cooler but also drier pattern. Temperatures
look to be back around normal or slightly below normal.

&&

.Aviation...(18Z TAF Issuance)
Issued at 1220 PM EST Sat Feb 24 2018

Will see winds pick up south of a warm front slowly meandering
across Kentucky this hour. KBWG will have stronger gusts this
afternoon, but also a potential for stronger storms through early
evening. That threat will go to all sites this evening, with a
strong low-level jet in place. Cold front will move through in the
early overnight hours with gusts of 20-30 knots at all sites.
Should see ceilings improve quickly behind the front.


&&

.Hydrology...
Updated at 157 PM EST Sat Feb 24 2018

Copious amounts of rainfall have led to excessive runoff and river
flooding in many locations over southern Indiana and central
Kentucky. Additional rainfall of 1.5 to 2 inches is expected across
southern Indiana and north central Kentucky. There will be localized
higher amounts, with the potential for 4 to even 6 inch amounts not
out of the question.

This additional rainfall will result in further rises on area
rivers, streams, and creeks. River flooding will worsen over the
coming days. Many rivers will achieve moderate flood stage and the
Rolling Fork River at Boston will go into major flood stage.

For a complete list with forecast hydrographs, please visit our
website at: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=LMK

A Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday morning. There will
likely be areal and flash flood warnings issued this evening and
tonight. Low-lying, urban, small stream, and potentially places that
don`t typically flood, could see high water. The worst of this event
will happen at night, which makes it even potentially more
significant. We can`t stress enough the flood safety messages of
never driving through flooded waters. It`s impossible to tell how
deep or fast water is flowing across roads. Never go around
barricades, and if you come across flooded areas, just turn around.

While a 3 day reprieve (Sunday-Tuesday) will certainly help,
additional rainfall mid-week could worsen, aggravate, or hold high
water crests further into the future. Right now, the blended
forecast shows between 1 and 2 inches possible across the area. Stay
tuned to the latest forecasts as confidence increases in the
rainfall amounts.

&&

.LMK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IN...Flood Watch through Sunday morning for INZ076>079-083-084-
     089>092.

KY...Flood Watch through Sunday morning for KYZ023>043-045>049-
     053>057-061>067-070>078-081-082.

&&

$$

Short Term...ZT
Long Term...ZT
Aviation...RJS
Hydrology...ZT



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