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.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are monitoring an area of thunderstorms near Palau for potential tropical development.
Strong and severe thunderstorms from Canada and the northern Plains will shift into the Midwest and Ohio Valley in time for the weekend.
Former Typhoon Matmo continues to wreak havoc across portions of China.
Stormy weather will be the theme for the weekend across the Midwest and Ohio Valley with several chances for severe thunderstorms.
A tornado touched down and wreaked havoc at Cherrystone Campground in Virginia on Thursday morning, causing two fatalities and leaving 36 injured.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
Rowan, NC (1996)
4" of rain in 45 minutes.
Southern California (1996)
7-10 foot swells on the beaches from a powerful storm south of Tahiti. Life guards had to make more than 500 rescues due to the rough surf.
Los Angeles, CA (1891)
Heat wave; 109 degrees.