Will the "Run for the Roses" be hampered by rain this year?
Louisville, Ky., home of the Churchill Downs racetrack, could see thunderstorms in the area Saturday. The high for the day is forecast at 75 degrees with a southerly wind of 8-16 mph.
Mudders, horses known for running well on muddy tracks, could be at an advantage if a significant amount of rain falls in the area.
Out of 135 years of the event, 61 Derby Days have experienced some form of precipitation (45.2 percent), although not necessarily at the time of the race, according to the National Weather Service.
Despite that relatively high percentage of precipitation, the Kentucky Derby has never been canceled by weather or for any other reason.
The 136th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled to take place at 6:24 p.m. this Saturday, May 1.
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast starting on Sunday evening.
A new storm will form over the weekend across the Plains and will spread snow and ice eastward through the Midwest.
Storms will continue to affect the West through this weekend and into next week with rounds of precipitation for some needy areas as well as trouble for travelers.
While much of central and eastern North America is still locked in a deep freeze, the warmth cascading across the Pacific Northwest in recent weeks has sparked the early flowering of sakura blossoms in the region.
Harrisburg, IL (1999)
A thunderstorm wind gust to 80 mph causing a roof to be blown off a house and a car to be blown off the road.
New England (1717)
First of a series of storms of The Great Snow which finally left about 36" on ground, held Boston snowbound for 3 weeks. Great barometric depression moved across Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois. Lowest pressure 28.71" at Springfield, IL.