The Best--and Worst--of 2008

The rankings are in! Find out what weather events Shane and his colleagues believed were worthy of the "Top 10" in South-Central KY for the past year!

Okay, the results are in!  It's time now to look at the weather episodes each of us in the First Alert Storm Team thought belonged in "Top 10" for 2008.  As you might expect, there were differing opinions amongst the three of us.  I might also add that since Jason is the newest member of the team (joined us in May), he was absent for many of the events first mentioned in my post last week. 

Allright, here is my "Top 10 for 2008":

10.  Single Digit Lows on the Morning of December 22nd (Bowling Green's low of 7 was coldest here since January 2004)

9. Park City Tornado on January 10th (EF1 in NW Barren County)

8. Snow and Ice on December 15-16 (Up to 4" of Snow in Ohio and Grayson Counties, with .1 to .3" of ice Elsewhere)

7. Widespread Straight-line Wind Damage on Night of January 29th (Wind Gusts of 70+ mph in Several Locales)

6. Severe Weather/Tornado Outbreak of April 10-11th (Damaging Winds in Bowling Green on the Eve of the 10th with Four Tornadoes Touching Down in Clinton County on the 11th)

5. Remants of Ike Produce 50-75 mph Across the WBKO Viewing Area with Significant Wind Damage Mainly North of Bowling Green

4. Ice Storm in Mid February with Up to 1/2" of Ice in Northern Portions of the Area

3. March 7-8th Winter Storm (A General 3-12" of Snowfall Across South-Central KY, with 5" in Bowling Green the most in the city since 1998)

2. Moderate to Severe Drought Reappears Late Summer/AutumN

And My Number One  Local Weather Event for 2008:

THE SUPER TUESDAY OUTBREAK OF FEBRUARY 5th.  This one easily tops the list for me, as there were several severe, heavily damaging, long-tracked tornadoes across the region that night.  Not only was it the worst severe outbreak ever for February in the U.S. in terms of dollars and cents damage and number of twisters, it also produced numerous fatalites, including seven right here in our area.  It was a grim reminder that a. Tornadoes CAN happen late at night, and b. They can happen any time of the year. 

Now for Chris' "Top 10":

10. Low of 7 Degrees in Bowling Green on Dec. 22nd

9. Park City Tornado of Jan. 10th

8. Icing/Snow on December 15-16th

7. Widespread Wind Damage on January 29th

6. Mid-February Ice Storm

5. Severe Weather/Tornado Outbreak of April 10th-11th

4. March 7th-8th Winter Storm

3. Moderate to Severe Drought

2. Remants of Ike Producing High Winds/Damage

And Chris' Number One Local Weather Event for 2008:

THE SUPER TUESDAY OUTBREAK OF FEBRUARY 5TH.  Needless to say, that was a LONG night here in the Weather we hope not to see the likes of for a long time. 

Last but not least, here's Jason's take on the year:

10. Record-Tying High of 72 Degrees on December 19th

9. Low of 7 Degrees on December 22nd

8. Moderate to Severe Drought Late Summer/Fall

7. Remants of Hurricane Ike Bring Damage

6. Severe Weather/Tornadoes of April 10th-11th

5. March 7th-8th Winter Storm

4. Park City Tornado of January 10th

3. Super Tuesday Outbreak of February 5th

2. Ice/Snow on December 15th, 16th

And Jason's Number One Local Weather Event for 2008:

SEVERE STORMS ON THE NIGHT OF MAY 31ST.  That one, Jason?  Where did that come from?  Oh, I know.  That did make the list of nominees in last week's post, though neither Chris nor myself ranked this event in our Top 10.  Jason's reasoning?  It was his first coverage of severe weather for WBKO shortly after he arrived in Bowling Green just a few weeks prior.  Hey, in this business, we never forget those "baptism by fire" moments when we are forced to go on the air for big storms shortly after we start.  Nothing like on-the-job training!  As for that event, there were some very strong storms late that night mainly west of Bowling Green.  Those storms are also noteworthy in that we had received very little severe weather during the month of May prior to that night. 

So that's everyone's take on the "Top 10 of 2008".  Personally, I might have ranked "Ike" higher for us had the damage been more substantial in Bowling Green proper (it was BAD for our neighbors upstate).  However, 2008 gave us more than our fair share of wild weather.  When asked about 2007, I always describe it as "extreme".  When asked about this past year from now on, "crazy" will come to mind.  Patsy Cline would have been proud, indeed.  Feel free to drop a line in the comment section above and let me know if you agree or disagree with how we've rated this past year's events. 

Here's to '09!


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  • by Kristy Location: Allen Co on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:44 PM
    I firmly agree that the Super Tuesday Outbreak should rank as the #1. I've noticed in the 15 yrs. that I've lived in Allen Co. that usually during a storm, most of the damage hits around us. But that night it not only tore right through our county, it tore a hole in our community, a hole that we have been working on repairing ever since that night. I know of many people that lost so much during this storm and the impact of it was absolutely devastating.
  • by Anonymous Location: Monroe Co. on Jan 7, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    I have to agree with Shane and Chris. Super Tuesday was the worst. I have never seen so much damage in my life. Close friend of mine lost everything. But glad to say her family were in the basement and was unharmed.
  • by Rex Holiday Location: Bowling Green on Jan 5, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    I've been afraid of the weather only twice in my adult life: in Alabama in '83 and here in '92. Like I told my wife, a native Alabaman, "it's Kentucky; if you don't like the weather just hang on a minute."
  • by Amanda Location: Franklin on Jan 1, 2009 at 04:25 PM
    I do agree with yours and Chris' assesment that the outbreak of tornadoes on February 5th was at the very top of the list. I am a Macon County native, and when I went back home that weekend to help out where I could it broke my heart to see the damage wrought. I was one of the lucky ones who didn't lose anybody close to me, but one of my friends lost a very close buddy of his and is still healing. I went back on Christmas, and you can still see where the path was, even though the mess is cleaned up now. I will never forget how I felt as I was driving through Lafayette that first time after the outbreak. Unbelievable.
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