Governor Steve Beshear declared a Kentucky in a State of Emergency. Many were without power for weeks and some even lost their lives trying to heat their homes. Fayette County schools were closed the remainder of the week, and other school systems doubled that. In the midst of all the destruction, and in the midst of all the chaos, I found beauty out of the mess. It was then that what drove me most when it came to meteorology changed from hurricanes to winter storms, as what I experienced was a whole new level of extreme weather.
Derek Price who currently lives in Lexington also has a vivid memory of the storm.
"I was living in E'town at the time. Practically nowhere had Internet access except the library, and I lost cell reception for a while. My parents drove up from Muhlenberg County to use my shower. It was crazy."
Below are some of the picture you guys shared with me, as well as those of my own from the storm.
I would definitely like more of your stories and pictures. If you have any, feel free to comment them on this post.
Now I’ve gotten questions all winter, and even some tonight saying, hey, we haven’t had an ice storm in about 6 years. Are we due for another?
I can’t truly answer that question, but I know that 6 years prior to the 2009 storm, a much more serious icing event took place in February, 2003. In February 1998, a major snow event hit the area. There’s no way to say whether or not we will feature an ice storm again in the near future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we did see a major storm across the region this year, because it IS Kentucky, and it’s been a while since the last “big one” as some of you call it.
There is, however, something that catches my attention for Super Bowl Sunday.
I first shared this potential in my last blog post recapping the Friday night snow event across the state. I still wouldn’t trust models this far out, but they continue to show a system for Sunday night into Monday, and one that COULD be pretty strong. The GFS is just one of many forecast models showing this potential.
Have a good one.