Severe Thunderstorms to our North…

Looking to our north, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a new severe thunderstorm watch for west-central and central Tennessee, valid until 11 PM this evening. An intense line of thunderstorms is moving southeastward out of the Paducah Kentucky area, with several reports of wind gusts exceeding 65 MPH, including a 70 MPH wind gust at the Carbondale Airport in southern Illinois. This line will affect the Clarksville, TN, area within the next 30 minutes.

We will continue to watch this line of storms as it progresses southeastward. The Storm Prediction Center has kept all Alabama counties out of the watch, as it appears that conditions favoring severe weather will remain to our north. However, a few strong to severe storms are possible later this evening across extreme northern Alabama if the line of storms maintains its intensity.  The line of storms is expected to weaken before making it to our viewing area, but we will continue to watch events unfold.

Isaac Williams
WVUA-Weather

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Forecast Discussion Update 4:06 PM

The August heat has arrived right on time! Temperatures today reached the middle 90s and the heat index topped 100 degrees just after lunchtime. While our area has dealt with excessive heat, folks to our north in the Blue Grass State need a break in the rain. Major Flash Flooding is taking place in the Louisville area. The National Weather Service confirms that six inches of rain occurred in a three hour period. Some isolated thunderstorms have developed over areas east of I-65 and this activity will gradually diminish overnight.

Tomorrow will be another hot and humid day, with a mix of clouds and sunshine. A shower or thunderstorm will be possible in the afternoon. The chance for showers and thunderstorms will linger tomorrow night and into the day on Thursday as an upper air disturbance moves our way. Some storms may be severe with large hail, gusty winds, and frequent lightning. Highs will be in the 90s, with lows in the 70s.

An upper air ridge will build overhead by Friday and Saturday. This will set the stage for more sizzling heat. Highs will be rising into the middle to upper 90s over the weekend. A stray shower or storm can’t be ruled out, although most areas will remain dry. We will have very little relief from the heat through Monday. Expect more afternoon heat index values in the 100-105 degree range. We will have more forecast details first at four, and at five, six, and ten!

The Dog Days of Summer: We’re entering the dog days of summer and we’re asking viewers to send in pictures of their dogs beating the heat. Last year we had so much fun with this and we want to do it again. We will begin showing pictures during our weather segments on Monday. Please send your pictures to: wxpics@wvuatv.com

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist