Warm and dry, then not as warm but still dry.
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games is getting the kind of weather it wants, even if it's not what the region needs.
And, because there has been a little more than an inch of rain since the end of July, the long-awaited visitors from around the world will see a Bluegrass that has a distinct tinge of brown.
"It looks like it's going to be for the most part dry, with above normal temperatures ... then temperatures closer to normal," said Tom Priddy, a meteorologist with the University of Kentucky's Agricultural Weather Center.
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This usually is the driest time of the year in Lexington, but storms with lightning and rain are even more likely this year with the warm, dry weather, Priddy said.
Amy Walker, a spokeswoman for the Games, said there are contingency plans to deal with all kinds of bad weather and that steps have been taken to offset some of the effects of the good but dry weather.
"For aesthetic reasons, we would have loved to have our rolling hills of bluegrass be a little more colorful, but for the competition venues, we have watered the courses," Walker said. "If you see the cross-country course, for example, there's a lovely strip of green grass, and the rest of the open area for spectators is not quite that lovely."
In some areas, water trucks are being used to keep down the dust kicked up by dry conditions and Games-related construction, she said.
Officials have planned for every contingency they could imagine, Walker said, including having extra judges lined up in case that Icelandic volcano acts up again, blocking flights from Europe.
In case some stormy weather manages to intrude on the sunny blue skies, Walker said, people from the National Weather Service will be on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park to provide adequate warning.
If there's a passing shower, competition will continue. If there is lightning or other severe weather, competition could be postponed, with a goal of making it up on the same day.
Spectators would be warned by public address systems in the venues and entrances, by a text-message system they can sign up for at the park, or by tuning a radio to 1620 AM. Notices about severe weather also will be on the Games' Web site and sent to local media.
Walker said a little rain "would be a good thing," but she would prefer to see it Wednesday or Thursday, before the Games begin.
The forecast for Wednesday offers a 20 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. Thursday's forecast calls for one of those bright yellow suns we have become so familiar with lately.