It's Nice Out There

Tuesday was one of those days, here in Hazard, that I consider awesome. It wasn't too hot... it wasn't too cold! I feel like I am retelling Goldie Locks and The Three Bears.

If anyone has an issue it was probably in Pike or Martin Counties. Those folks had to deal with the cloud cover longer than the rest of us did. That kept temps down early in the day, but a late rally pusjed them into the 50s like everyone else.


I think we'll all get in on the 60 degree action by Wednesday. Some areas will probably amaze me with the recorded high temps. I'm not thinking 75 or anything, but there could be a few well in the 60s by the afternoon hours.

I expect the wind to pick up a little Wednesday and even more by the time Thursday gets here.


The next storm system will bring warmer temps into KY, but along with the warm stuff... there will be rain!

Watch the rain come into play above!

When I first started watching the rain chances for this timeframe... I was thinking maybe it would wait until Friday morning. The new data is a little more aggressive and is trying to put the rain back in the region by Thursday afternoon or evening.

                 GFS Thursday Afternoon                                          WRF Thursday Afternoon


                 GFS Thursday Evening                                            WRF Thursday Evening  

These two look like they have gotten to like each other and are starting to pick up on the other's characteristics. You know... like when you are around someone a lot and you pick up on their catch phrases!

What I am taking away from this data and the other stuff is that the clouds will arrive during the morning and maybe even Wednesday night. By the time the afternoon rolls around it looks like we'll have another round of rain back in town. This first disturbance won't cut temps down a lot, but it will bring them down some. Just remember that there will be rain coming our way for the end of the week. It will hang around through part of Friday.

The first part of the weekend looks excellent. Highs near 60 again and partly cloudy skies. Notice I only said the "First Part" of the weekend. Another rainmaker arrives for Sunday.

Now for some comments:

Posted by: Wondering Location: Pikeville, KY
Jim, what is your take on this Spring's weather as compared to last years? We got so much flooding and high wind damage last year, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about what's in store for us this year...especially after such a rough winter.

Wondering... I do think it will remain wet for a little while. With that in mind... flooding could be possible! I am not saying there is a higher chance this year from other years. It's always a threat! I think precip amounts will be above normal for spring. 

Posted by: Julia Location: Langley
Hey Jim, Just wondering what your take is on the old-timer's winters: Blackberry Winter, Dogwood Winter, Locust Winter, Whippoorwill Winter, Redbud Winter and even Linsey-Woolsey Britches Winter (which I had never heard of...LOL) I heard my dad and grandpa talk about the others, but never that one.

Julia... As we already know... we have these little spells where the cold returns after we have reached spring. They are all tied to whatever is ready to bloom. Here in the eastern United States, especially the Appalachians, most of that seasonal lore was named, and is still used by the old-timers today. Dogwood Winter occurs about the time the dogwoods bloom, usually between mid-April and mid-May, varying from year to year. In some areas, Blackberry Winter and Dogwood Winter occur at the same time, while those living two or three states away may experience two distinct, separate cold snaps. Locust Winter generally isn’t as long or cold as Blackberry Winter. There’s also Linsey-Woolsey Britches Winter, a term not used so much anymore, and then the last gasp of cold weather is Whippoorwill Winter. Linsey-Woolsey Britches Winter was once a popular term, back when winter clothing was homespun of linen/wool, and winters were harsher. It was the last time in spring that you’d need "long johns" before trading them for short sleeves, and it usually came about the time of Blackberry Winter. You made me do a little research on that, but I hope this helps!

C-Ya Bye

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