Local Weird Weather Isn't a First

By: Stuart Peck Email
By: Stuart Peck Email

Temperatures in the mid-60's are uncommon this time of year for Kentucky, but how is South Central Kentucky's unusually warm winter effecting your life? And what is causing it?

WBKO's Stuart Peck sat down with Kentucky's state climatologist to talk about the warming condition.

In Denver, Colorado residents are digging out from a third snow storm in weeks, but in Kentucky and all along the east coast residents are enjoying temperatures in the 50's and 60's.

According to Stuart Foster, Kentucky's state climatologist, the unusual weather can be attributed to El Nino in the Pacific. Foster also said just because our weather now is warm doesn't mean it will stay that way.

"We talk about the average temperature being warmer than normal, that does not mean we're not going to get some spells of cold weather; it does not mean we won't get some snow or heavy rain like we've had over the last day," Foster said.

According to Foster, Kentucky is experiencing dryer than normal weather that could last for the next couple months. He also said the warmer weather isn't necessarily a bad thing.

"One thing they imply is our heating bills will be a little bit lower this winter and people certainly will be pleased about that. It should mean that our school children don't miss as many days of school. It should mean we don't have to send road crews out as often," Foster said.

Foster also said Kentucky's warmer than usual January is not a first. He said in January of 1907 the state had nine days with temperatures of 70 degrees or higher.

"The bottom line is the best way to kind of predict what's coming up is to look at what's been happening in the past," Foster said.

Foster said he doesn't forsee any agricultural problems with the warmer temperatures, although he said we may see colder temperatures later in the season which could be a problem for the crops.


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