We Won't Stop Til We Get to the Top!

We're countin' 'em down! Shane has his nominees lined up for South-Central KY's Top 10 Weather Events of 2008!

It's almost Christmas, which of course means another year has almost come and gone.  For me, that means it's time to reflect on the year that was, and my, oh my...WHAT A YEAR IT WAS!!!   Big storms, big snows, big temperature fluctuations...you name it, we had it.  It was the kind of year that presented many challenges for us weather forecasters, not to mention those with agriculture and horticulture interests.  Though we didn't have the extreme heat the previous year brought us, we still managed to slip into the clutches of drought yet again.  But 2008 did bring us some enjoyable weather, with a nice stretch of "Indian Summer" in early November and a May that was mainly void of severe weather until the very end (rare for us). 

The nominees for the Top 10 Weather Events in South-Central KY for 2008 (in no particular order):

--Mid February Ice Storm (1/4" to 1/2" of ice across northern portions of viewing area with significant icing snarling traffic in Bowling Green)

--March 7-8 Winter Storm:  This one brought 3-12" of snow across the WBKO viewing area, with Bowling Green receiving its biggest 24 hour snowfall since 1998 (5" total)

--Park City Tornado on January 10th

--Severe Weather/Tornado Outbreak April 10-11 (Damaging winds in Bowling Green on night of the 10th, several tornadoes in Clinton County on the 11th)

--Remnants of Hurricane Ike produce 50-75 mph wind gusts across the area, producing significant wind damage north of Bowling Green

--Icing/Snow on December 15-16 (2-4" of snow in Ohio, Grayson Counties, .1 to .3" of ice for much of South-Central KY)

--Super Tuesday Outbreak on Feb. 5 (Deadliest Outbreak in South-Central KY since 4/3/74 with numerous strong tornadoes touching down in Muhlenberg, Allen, Monroe Counties)

--January 29:  Widespread Straight-line wind event with every county in viewing area under severe t/storm warning at one point

--Low of 7 degrees in Bowling Green on morning of Dec 22nd (coldest since 1/31/04)

--Record high of 72 degrees tied on Dec 19th (day's record previously set in 1895)

--No triple digit summer heat (a story in itself after last year!)

--Snow flakes on the eve of October 24 in Bowling Green and some eastern sections (earliest known instance since 1993)

--Minor icing on morning of December 23

--Moderate to Severe Drought late summer into fall

--Severe storms with isolated wind damage on the night of May 31 (west of Bowling Green)

--June 4th Severe storms (eastern portions)

--June 26th Severe storms (northern portions)

--July 22 Isolated Severe storms (roof taken off farm supply store in Edmonton)

Chris, Jason, and I will each pick our Top 10 from the list above.  Those that don't make each forecaster's list will fall into the "honorable mention" category.  We'll tally these up and return next week with our picks of the best--and worst--weather events of 2008.  Until then, have a Merry--and safe--Christmas!

Shane

 

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