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By: Justin Manship
By: Justin Manship

It's been a while since I took the time to answer viewer e-mail here in the Corner, so let's do a little catching up.

It's been a while since I took the time to answer viewer e-mail here in the Corner, so let's do a little catching up. Our first e-mail is from Roger in Morgantown...

Dear Chris, I notice each night the weather segment shows the high and low years for temperature extremes for our area. Is it possible to get the listing of the record highs and lows for each day throughout the year?

I recently bought a copy of the Jerry Hill book about Kentucky weather. (I worked for Mr. Hill as part of work/study at the University of Kentucky about 1970. The job was recording the daily weather station charts from the University farm. My degree was in agriculture though.)

The tables in the book I found humorous were the monthly record highs and lows across the state. It turns out that 67% of the record daily lows for each month have occured since the year of my birth in 1951. What's really neat is that 83% of the record daily highs for each month occured before 1951. (tables A8,A9 pp. 170-171). That points toward Kentucky cooling! Forget global warming, I'm staying here.

I've noticed for some time that the daily record highs seem to be 1925 or berfore.

Best wishes, Roger Southerland Morgantown


Roger...A great resource to find daily climate data in almost every city or town in the country can be found from the National Climatic Data Center. When you go there, you can pick the daily high (maximum), low (minimum) and other data you need to fill your curiosity. The link to the NCDC website is http://www7.ncdc.noaa.gov/CDO/normals

Next we hear from Janice in Glasgow... I hear a lot about "the digital conversion" but I don't quite understand what it's all about. I've been told I won't be able to pick up Channel 13 anymore after February 17th of next year. I can't do without WBKO so what am I supposed to do?

Janice Glasgow


Well Janice, this subject has a lot of people confused and even upset. WBKO is not going off the air but will soon be changing the way we broadcast our signal. Since we began in 1962, WBKO has been broadcasting an "analog" signal on VHF channel 13. Starting February 17, 2009, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has mandated that every broadcast TV station (not just WBKO) must convert their broadcast signal to "digital" which will provide a much cleaner picture and better quality sound.

For us, this means we also will need to replace the antenna that sits atop our broadcast tower in Richardsville. For that reason, we are now working toward making the transition to the new digital signal earlier than the February 17th deadline. There will be a period of time later this year in which we will permanantly cease broadcasting on our regular or "analog" channel 13 signal that you now receive. If you receive us on Insight Cable, your signal will not be interrupted. We are working right now with other cable systems in our viewing area to make sure they are able to pick up our current digital signal so they can continue broadcasting us through your cable box and into your TV. When the new digital transmitter and antenna are installed, you will then be able to see WBKO at DIGITAL channel 13 using either a converter box hooked to the TV you now own or by purchasing a new Digital-ready TV set. If you currently watch WBKO through a local cable system, you won't have to do anything in order to pick up our new digital signal.

Once the conversion takes place, if you own a regular (analog) TV set, you will no longer see WBKO when you go to channel 13. In fact, you won't see any other channel either. It will all be static. That is why you must purchase either a digital converter box for your current TV or buy a digital TV set.

There is a great website that has been designed to answer all of your digital TV questions and where you can also apply for a DTV converter box coupon to help you out. The website is DTVanswers.com DTVanswers.com.

Stay connected here at WBKO.com for more information about our eventual conversion to digital television and what it means to you. And keep those e-mails coming! CA
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