Eastern Kentucky Weather

Nothing Scary About This 7-Day... Unfortunately!

We can't seem to keep the activity going aorund here. We get some rain last week and then some wintry stuff early this week and now zzzz....zzzzzz.....zzzzzz

When I sit down to write posts to this blog I am always trying to think of how we can make it interesting. Sometimes I like to think that I accomplish that, but others I am sure it can be as boring as the weather pattern coming our way. Sure there is something out there ready to make a move on Kentucky, but that won't be around for a while. I will tease a head to it though.

We have some big highlights coming up in this period:

  1. Halloween
  2. Time Falls Back
  3. Election Day

For Halloween (I know a lot of the kiddies have already been out and Trick-Or-Treated on Thursday night, but there are still many more to go) I am thinking that it should be a comfortably chilly one. Temps hanging in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Want to see what scared me as a kid? These three gentlemen below!!!!! Especially, Freddie! Now as an adult I own all of the Friday the 13th Flicks and all of the Nightmare movies. Halloween... I just never ran into them anywhere to purchase!

Time falls back on Sunday morning. So that means we all get an extra hour added onto the weekend. It also means that if you haven't set your clock back by one hour... if you get up at you regular time and head out to church or where ever you will be early. That's what I need to do for life... I am always late for everything.

Finally, the election is right around the corner and I'll just tell you... it is about time!!!! Forecast shaping up to be a nice one! Over the course of history, the relationship between the weather on Election Day, and the results have been analyzed and dissected by political strategists, pollsters, pundits and, of course, members of the media. Is the relationship between the weather and voter behavior fact, fiction or a mix of both?

Voter turnout in Florida is being closely monitored this year. Huge lines in Florida for early voting led Gov. Charlie Crist to issue an executive order extending early voting hours statewide from eight hours a day to twelve.

The Sunshine State decided the 2000 election, and rain on that fateful day may have played a role in the controversial outcome that splits the nation to this day.According to at least one electoral weather study, better weather eight years ago could have given the state to Democrat Al Gore.

Republicans may be praying for bad weather on Tuesday, even though the gap between John McCain and Barack Obama appears to be closing. RealClearPolitics.com reports today that the polls put Obama ahead by anywhere from 3 points to 15 points over his GOP rival.

The common belief is that bad weather hurts Democrats, because more Democrats live in cities and either walk or take public transit to polling stations. A rainy or snowy election day could discourage many Democrat voters from standing in long lines at busy urban polling places.

There may be some truth to the theory. In 2005, a team of political scientists led by Professor Brad Gomez of the University of Georgia completed a ground-breaking study titled "The Republicans Should Pray for Rain: Weather, Turnout, and Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections," published in the June 2007 issue of the Journal of Politics.

Despite the tongue-in-cheek title, the study found the weather "may have contributed to two Electoral College outcomes, the 1960 and 2000 presidential elections," and "poor weather is also shown to benefit the Republican party's vote share."

The research team analyzed the impact of the weather on voter turnout in 14 U.S. presidential elections and concluded that rain reduced voter turnout by a rate of just under 1 percent per inch, while voter turnout dropped by almost one-half of one percent for each inch of snow.

The study concluded that had it not been a bright and sunny day in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey on Nov. 8, 1960, Richard Nixon would likely have defeated John F. Kennedy to become the 35th President of the United States.

Here's a fun article from the Washington Post.

I like this picture... the way this is clipped together it makes it look like they are determined! One of this two fellas will be leading our country come January and we'll find out which one on Tuesday/Wednesday. Unless it turns out like Election 2000... let's hope not... hahaha

 

The entire 7-Day Forecast that I put together Thursday evening has basically the same thing on it each day. Highs in the 60s with lows in the 40s. That lasts through Wednesday. So no major changes anywhere this week. By next Thursday we are finally talking about something again. Rain returns to the commonwealth of Kentucky. Of course it will take it a while to get here, but it's really the most interesting thing going on weather wise around here!

This is what Thursday evening looks like and this reall isn't that impressive.

C-Ya Bye

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