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Ky. Division of Water, National Weather Service to co-host national drought forum in September at WKU

Scientists and policymakers from across the nation, including those from the Kentucky Division of Water, will gather at Western Kentucky University’s Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green on September 17-19 to address topics and issues associated with drought. The biennial U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) forum will address administrative issues, incorporate the latest scientific advances in drought...

As Kentuckians welcome cooler temperatures and dryer air, exactly how hot has it been during July?

By Stuart A. Foster Kentucky State Climatologist At the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, the official source of temperatures collected by the National Weather Service for the city, the average temperature through the first 21 days of July has been 81.1 degrees, or 2.4 degrees above normal. Taking a closer look, however, tells a different story. The average daily high temperature has been...

After record rainfall in 2018, most Kentucky cities nearing new milestones for 2019 precipitation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Several Kentucky cities had their wettest year ever in 2018 and, according to the latest data from the National Weather Service, rainfall this year in some areas is ahead of last year at the same time. Last year, Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort and Jackson all set records for annual precipitation, while the Huntington/Ashland area had their second-wettest year and Covington...

March is Severe Storms Preparedness Month in Lexington, get ready with these tips to remain safe

The one thing Kentucky residents can be sure of is that the weather is ever-changing and unpredictable. That’s particularly true in the spring when the seasons change and severe storms can be at their worst. It’s why Lexington Emergency Management designates the entire month of March as Severe Storms Preparedness Month. “As we’ve experienced over the past several weeks, Kentucky weather can...

National Weather Service: Winter Weather Advisory for Lex area — expect and prepare for snow

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Lexington area effective tonight through Saturday morning. The warning extends to portions of south central Indiana, east central and north central Kentucky. Snow is expected with accumulations of 2-4 inches. Expect slippery road conditions, especially on secondary roads that are untreated. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow...

National Weather Service reports three tornadoes touch down in central, southern Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The National Weather Service in Louisville has confirmed three tornadoes touched down Monday night in central and southern Kentucky. 
The strongest was shortly before 11 p.m. CST in Adair County, an EF-1, based on the scale that ranks tornadoes from EF-0 (weak) to EF-5 (catastrophic), with top winds estimated between 100 and 105 miles per hour.    Damage in Adair County...

Weather report: Rains will continue through Sunday, more flooding with river high of 59.4 ft by Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Earlier this month Eastern Kentucky suffered flooding due to heavy rain and now the central and western parts of the state are on the radar over the next week.   Joe Sullivan, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Louisville, said much of the problem is not being able to dry out after the repeated bouts of rain. 
“Much of the Ohio River Valley has had over...

PSC advising customers to seek payment plans, heating assistance as cold temps lead to higher bills

Prolonged and severe cold in December and January has led to sharply higher electric bills for customers across Kentucky, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) says. For many customers – particularly those who heat entirely or primarily with electricity – bills received from late December through January have been much larger than those for the previous billing period. That is because...

State opens Emergency Operations Center in advance of impending winter storms

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management opened the State Emergency Operations Center Tuesday evening with impending winter storms bearing down on the area. KYEM Spokesperson Monica French says, “Officials urge people to stay tuned to their local media for watches and warnings,” said KYEM spokesman Monica French. “This storm has the potential of dropping heavy...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Winter weather poses many risks; some tips for cold weather safety

With temperatures below freezing, and in some cases near zero, throughout this week, Department for Public Health (DPH) officials emphasize the importance of limiting exposure to the cold and taking steps to prevent hypothermia. The National Weather Service is reporting bitterly cold air will enter the area this evening, lowering temperatures and increasing risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Precautions...

Strong winds, heavy rain from remnants of Hurricane Harvey will enter Kentucky late in the week

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky will be receiving some strong winds and heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey on Thursday and Friday. “But it’s not going to be like what Texas or Louisiana got,” said John Gordon with the National Weather Service office in Louisville. “It’s also not going to be like Hurricane Ike in 2008, with 70- to 80-mile-per-hour winds that came flying...

Several days of below freezing temperatures could result in damage to Kentucky crops

Kentucky has enjoyed a mild winter which has resulted in many trees, plants and crops beginning to sprout and bloom before their usual times. The forecast for the next several days is not good news for those early bloomers. Meteorologists for the University of Kentucky Agricultural Weather Center are predicting low temps to reach into the 20s for at least five days in the upcoming week. “The National...

Safety first the theme for Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky March 1-7

Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Fayette County and Lexington Emergency Management recognizes March 1-7, 2017 as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.” Patricia Dugger, Lexington Emergency Management Director, said, “Weather is always a threat in Kentucky. Each year our citizens face the threat of severe weather from storms that create tornadoes...

Statewide tornado drill scheduled in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week

Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Lexington Kentucky Emergency Management recognizes Feb 22 – 28, 2016 is “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.” “Severe weather is always a threat in Kentucky,” said Pat Dugger, Director of Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management. “Already in 2016, Kentuckians have experienced historic snow falls,...

Season’s first major winter storm at hand; most of state expected to be impacted by snow, ice

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is bracing for a major winter storm, which is approaching the Commonwealth and is expected to hit the Bluegrass region overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Kentucky as the weather event approaches the Commonwealth. Click for larger image (Map from WKYT.com) “Over the next 48 hours, a major winter storm is expected to impact...

Sirens will sound across Kentucky Tuesday
as part of Severe Weather Awareness Month

  March is “Severe Weather Awareness Month in Kentucky,” and as part of the state’s preparedness activities a statewide tornado drill will be conducted Tuesday, March 10.   At approximately 10:017 a.m. (EDT), the National Weather Service, partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management, the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee and Kentucky Broadcasters Association will issue a...

It’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week – do you know what to do when danger strikes?

  By Meghan Evans AccuWeather.com   The National Weather Service has declared that June 22-28 is lightning safety awareness week.   Each year, 51 people are killed and hundreds more are injured by lightning in the United States, according to the National Weather Service.   Two-thirds of those deaths occur while people are engaging in outdoor leisure activities, according to National...

Fast track forecast for Kentucky Derby following multiple days of wet weather

  By Alex Sosnowski AccuWeather.com   After multiple days of wet weather at Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby, weather conditions will begin to dry out this late this week in time for the 140th annual event.   Through Monday of this week, the storm in its strong phase has delivered more than 2 inches of rain. Sloppy track conditions resulted from the heavy, persistent rainfall....

Two storms will morph into one, threatening severe weather; advisories, watches in effect

AccuWeather.com     Uncommon February thunderstorms will stretch from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast, threatening severe weather.   Two storms will morph together in the Central states Thursday, creating a drastic change in weather for some locations in the Midwest.   While snow will bring blizzard conditions to Minnesota and Wisconsin, thunderstorms will be brewing only a few hundred...