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Nicer weather ahead this week

Cincinnati Forecast - July 27th, 2014-slide0
Mike Groenke

A seasonably strong jet stream plowed into the Ohio Valley today causing some areas to get hit with some nasty storms. A funnel cloud was reported northwest of Columbus along with 60 mph winds and Ping-Pong ball sized hail. Here in the Tri-State, early evening storms only caused minor isolated wind damage. Morning rain and clouds prevented instability from reaching the forecast higher levels and poor mid-level lapse rates (the rate at which the temperature drops as you go up) kept any widespread severe weather at bay. Some tornadic weather did occur near Lake Cumberland in Kentucky today and eastern Tennessee.

The cold front has crossed the region and you will begin to feel the better air as early as Monday morning. Dew point temperatures will drop below 60 degrees (threshold at which it feels muggy) and highs will only be in the middle 70s! With a deep upper level trough overhead in the jet stream, a few isolated instability showers may develop during the peak heating of the day. These should be few and far between however and will quickly diminish once the sun sets.

The trough of low pressure will be quite persistent for the most of the week meaning a return to excessive heat is not in the cards. Temperatures will slowly moderate back into the low 80s by the end of the week. Moisture will slowly creep back in allowing for a chance for a few scattered thunderstorms to return to the forecast by the end of the week as well. Have a great Monday!

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