National Weather Service

Regional
12:46 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado in Clinton County; Damage Survey Continues

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The National Weather Service says an EF-1 tornado, with winds topping out at 100 miles an hour, touched down in Clinton County Monday evening

The weather service says the tornado was on the ground for a ½ mile just south of the Russell County border along U.S. Highway 127. It was reported just after 6:15 p.m. central time.

There have been no reports of injuries. Survey crews are still at work, but so far they’ve only reported tree damage.

Regional
12:12 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Weather Service Confirms Sunday Tornado In Henderson Co.

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The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Henderson County on Sunday afternoon. The twister had top winds of 90 miles an hour and was on the ground for two miles near the small town of Robards.

There were no reports of injuries, but three houses and a mobile home were damaged.

The weather service says the tornado was on the ground from 4:49 p.m. until 4:53 p.m Sunday.

Regional
4:44 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Kentucky Could See Severe Storms This Afternoon, Evening

Update: 7:09 p.m.
The Tornado Watch has been extended through 8 p.m. central/9 p.m. eastern. Bowling Green and Somerset are now under a Flash Flood Watch.

Update: 5:50 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Paducah says a line of strong storms in Muhlenberg and Todd counties is expected to move out around 6:30 p.m. or so. Also, a Flood Advisory has been issued for the greater Owensboro area.

Update 4:44 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Muhlenberg and Todd Counties until 5:30 p.m. CDT.  Forecasters say the storm could contain 60 mph winds and quarter-sized hail.

Update 4:38 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Allen, Barren, Green, Hart, Metcalfe and Monroe counties until 7 p.m. CDT tonight.

Original Post:

The possibility of strong to severe storms, possibly even tornadoes exists for Wednesday afternoon and evening for much of Kentucky.  The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch until 7 p.m. central/8 p.m. eastern.  The watch means atmospheric conditions could produce a tornado.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue throughout the night and into Thursday morning. Rain chances are forecast to taper off as we head toward the weekend.

Regional
2:39 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Winter Storm Brings Multi-inch Snowfall, But 'Could've Been Much Worse'

Snow covers the ground at Western Kentucky University, even as a patch of blue sky breaks through the clouds Monday afternoon

Most of Kentucky received between 2-3 inches snow Sunday night into Monday morning. Mike Callahan with the National Weather Service office in Louisville says that snow was preceded by quite a bit of freezing rain and sleet

“Then, the cold air aloft came in and changed the freezing rain over to sleet, and it sleeted for quite a while,” said Callahan. “In the Bowling Green area, we had reports of as much as two inches of sleet. And finally, after midnight in changed into snow.”

Callahan says the storm "could have been much worse" had there been more freezing rain Sunday night.  He says temperatures should climb above freezing Tuesday and we should see a warming trend for the rest of the week. 

But will this mark the final winter storm of the season?

“Unfortunately, it is too early to tell,” said Callahan.  “However, our long-range patterns are starting to show perhaps a break in this cold pattern, maybe starting in mid-March.”

Regional
8:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Winter Weather Impacting Listening Area Tuesday

Snow was falling Tuesday morning on the campus of WKU.
Credit WKU Public Radio

Update at 8:02 a.m.:

Snow is falling over a large portion of Kentucky and threatens to make the morning commute slow and messy.

Kentucky Department of Transportation officials said salt trucks were out treating roadways, but noted that arctic air and continuing snow on Tuesday could still make for slick conditions.

Several school districts in the state canceled classes.

South-central Kentucky regions should see around an inch of snow with temperatures falling into the lower teens Tuesday night.

Some parts of western Kentucky may see an inch or two of snow with scattered flurries elsewhere and single-digit temperatures.

The forecast calls for up to 5 inches of snow in parts of northern Kentucky, and lows of around zero to 5 degrees.

Central Kentucky is expecting between 1-4 inches of snow with lows around 10.

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Regional
9:40 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Winter Weather Affecting Region Through Wednesday Morning

Drivers in many parts of our listening area can expect to deal with icy road conditions through Wednesday morning.

Winter weather is affecting a large part of the WKU Public Radio coverage area overnight.

Winter Weather Advisories and Ice Storm Warnings have issued by the National Weather Service,  lasting through mid-morning Wednesday.

The National Weather Service office in Louisville said light freezing rain is expected in many areas, causing hazardous driving conditions.

More from the National Weather Service.

Regional
9:09 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Severe Weather, Possible Tornado Strike Western Kentucky

Officials in far western Kentucky report damage to two churches, a grain silo and other structures as strong winds and a possible tornado hit Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of any deaths or injuries associated with the storms.

In Livingston County, a gym at North Livingston Baptist Church was destroyed and a steeple blown off at Hampton Methodist Church. Hickman County Sheriff Mark Green confirmed that grain bin fell over in Clinton. Part of U.S. Highway 51 has been closed. KY 80 is closed at the 2.5 mile marker in Carlisle County between Arlington and Columbus.

Other counties have reported minor damage and flooded roadways associated with the afternoon storms. The National Weather Service and local officials will be inspecting the impacted areas Sunday to determine if damage was caused by straight line winds or a tornado.

Kentucky Emergency Management is reminding residents to remain alert for further weather updates by weather radio and local media broadcasts.

Weather forecasts, alerts and warnings can be found here.

Regional
8:12 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Owensboro, Madisonville, Hopkinsville Included in Heat Warning

The ongoing heat has been especially tough on Kentucky's corn crop.

Heat and humidity are again building in Kentucky and the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for western counties in the commonwealth. The warning is from 10 a.m. Monday through 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Weather Concerns
9:50 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Weather Service Issues Red Flag Warning for Fire Threat

Low humidity and windy conditions are creating a critical fire danger in some parts of the Commonwealth today. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for an area that includes the cities of Owensboro, Madisonville, and Hopkinsville until 7pm.

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Tennessee Valley Weather Warning
8:06 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Weather Service Warns of Threat of Tornadoes in Tennessee Valley for Wednesday

The National Weather Service says conditions are right today for the possible development of tornadoes and damaging wind over parts of the Tennessee Valley to the Southern Appalachians. The areas most likely to experience this activity include Northern Alabama, Northern Georgia, Southern and Eastern Kentucky, Northern Mississippi, Western North Carolina, and much of Tennessee.