First of all, thanks to all of you who are reading this blog and posting your weather reports on Facebook and Twitter during our wall-to-wall coverage last night. Chad Sewich and I were on from 10:30 p.m. until 2:45 a.m., so about 4 hours and 15 minutes of coverage. Byron Douglas also came in early and fielded reports, along with the Sunrise crew. Lots of team work by our staff, but we rely on you to be our eyes and ears in your communities. Often times, it is your report of damage or wind that will help the NWS make the decision to issue a warning, so never hesitate to post your weather observations on our pages. Be sure to give a location and time. Pictures are great, too...of course, in an overnight event that's a tough order to fill !
Here is a graphic showing all the severe weather reports from the outbreak. Given the strength of the winds in the atmosphere and the way they came together over the Tri-State, I was pleasantly surprised that we had relatively low impact from the storms. Of course, some communities, like Dunmor in southern Muhlenberg county were hard-hit, but the damage was much more isolated than I thought it would be.
You can see that it was predominantly a wind event with just a handful of tornadoes reported across the Mississippi valley. Here in the Tri-State, we had a number of wind damage reports, power outages and a pole barn destroyed by fire from a lightning strike. If you would like to read the detailed storm reports, here is a link to check out:
We did pick up 1.25" of rain at Evansville Regional Airport to bring the January rainfall up to 6.65", well above the usual 3-4 that we get on average for the month. Owensboro's airport picked up 1.40" of rain in the storms. There were many areas that had quite a bit more than that. Here is a graphic from the Kentucky mesonet---a network of weather observing station operated by UK. You can see widespread heavy rainfall recorded since midnight in all of our Kentucky counties.
This is a cool site that you should bookmark if you like to follow the weather over Kentucky. Here is a link: http://www.kymesonet.org/
Overall, I believe we dodged a bullet for the first widespread severe weather event of the year. For now, you can relax and bundle up as temperatures will plunge into the low teens over the next couple of days. I hope you tried out our new free streaming service through the 14NEWS app. We have heard a lot of great feedback, and I am certain this will be a great tool for both severe weather and news