Eastern Kentucky Weather

It'll Do!

Waking up to a few showers in the region was a welcome sight! As I mentioned yesterday... it didn't amount to very much at all. Now it appears we'll stay mainly dry throughout the remainder of the forecast.

Here's basically what has happened over the last few days. A front moved through on Tuesday and brought our chance of rain to the region. Not only was there rain involved with the front... it also had some much cooler air that has really pushed its way into Kentucky.

Now the low is sitting around the Great Lakes region and will spin some energy around it for a couple of days. The big question with the low is whether or not it will produce rainfall or mainly clouds?!?!

As I see it... this low and most of the energy will be located well to our north. We'll be on the out skirts of this one so the rain possibility is down pretty low. What we will be in the forecast is the cloud cover. There will be quite a few breaks associated with the low... but some pretty cloudy periods through each day. That should be the way the middle and latter parts of the work week go. Though it would be very easy to court the idea of some rain in this situation for any given day this week... I just think we'll be too far away from the best energy.

Cooler temperatures are something that we will not be so far away from. That low will keep the winds coming in from the north and that will keep it on the chilly side.  The cooler air will fill the air around us and if we aren't careful... fill up our homes too! I have teased a head to this since last week and now I am pretty sure that's exactly what we are going to get around here.

You are looking at the 40-45 degree range for Thursday morning. This is about where I'll stack all of my chips at! There has been some indication that a few of you might get a taste of the 30s. I am not sold on that... yet! I do feel confident that this will be a very cool spell for the folks here in the mountains. Expect a warm up towards the weekend and then temps take another hit next week. And by hit it could really chill you to the bone next week! That's a discussion for another time.

That's honestly the most interesting thing that is going on around here this week. Next week is looking a little more active though. I'll have more on that later this week!

FALL COLORS

I really don't think that there will be a great period of time for us to enjoy the fall colors since it has been so dry around here. A lot of the leaves have already fallen from the limbs and now we just sit and watch them pile up on the ground. So the fall color tour may not be as good as it could have been! However, below is the fall colors map for Kentucky and here is a link to Color FALL Kentucky

Week 1 Sept. 24-30, 2008

I have also borrowed some Fall Facts from the state's website so enjoy them here!

Fun Fall Facts

1. Why do leaves change color?

Leaves change color when the chlorophyll disappears from the leaves due to shorter fall days. As the green fades, the small amount of yellows and oranges that were always there appear. Bright reds and purples are mostly made in the fall as the glucose trapped in the leaves turns red with the sunlight and cool nights. The brown color, as in oaks, is made from wastes left in leaves.

2. What is a “harvest moon”?

The full moon occurring nearest to the autumnal equinox. The harvest moon will be September 15, 2008. This year the equinox is September 22, or the first day of autumn, when the day and night are of equal length.




3. Why do we carve pumpkins?

Carving pumpkins was credited to immigrants that came to America during the Irish Potato Famine. Traditionally, they carved turnips, potatoes or beets and put a burning lump of coal or candle inside to represent the souls of the departed and placed them in windows to welcome the deceased. As turnips were not as readily available in America, they began using pumpkins. Today the pumpkin is a universal symbol of Halloween.

4. Bats aren’t just for Halloween

Did you know that bats are the only mammals that can fly? The wings or hands of a bat have very long finger bones covered by strong skin. Bats are warm-blooded and are covered with fur. Nearly all bats are helpful; with nearly 1000 different species bats are responsible for controlling pest insect populations, pollinating flowers, and dispersing seeds. One insect-eating bat can catch 500-1000 insects in one hour!

5. Corn and early settlers

Corn, or maize, is a domesticated plant with its origin in the Mexican western Sierra Madre. It reached southern New England approximately 1,000 years ago. Early settlers to the United States probably would have died their first winter if the Native Americans had not provided corn to cook and eat. Corn was prepared into bread, porridge, soup, fried corn cakes and pudding.

C-Ya Bye

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