WKU Climatologist on Katrina's Impact

By Jon Hardison | 

Many South Central Kentuckians were taken by surprise when inland tropical storm warnings came down for our area.

But one local climatologist says we shouldn't be surprised.

"Just because a hurricane strikes the coastline, it doesn't mean that we're home free. This is not the first time that a storm has moved slowly across the state and dropped 4 inches plus in a 24-hour period of time. So we hope to learn more and deal with these situations better. But just because we're in Kentucky, we're not getting away, we still have our own problems as well," said Dr. Michael Trepasso, a climatology professor at Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Trapasso says there are several reasons why this hurricane season has been especially busy, but it can't necessarily be blamed on global warming.