WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon March 19, 2012
A Warm Welcome to Spring
Monday is the last day of winter, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at today’s forecast. This winter ranks as one of the top 10 lowest for snowfall in Kentucky.
Thanks to solar flares and La Niña, temperatures have been unseasonably mild. And forecaster David Shallenberger of the National Weather Service in Jackson, says we can expect more of the same.
"Even now, three months out ahead, all of Kentucky is under a 40 percent chance for temperatures above normal," said Shallenberger.
Despite the lower snowfall this winter, there has been plenty of precipitation.
“Since January 1st we’ve had 12.41 inches and the normal amount is 9.76 inches. So we’re actually above normal," Shallenberger noted.
Tuesday marks the first day of spring, but already Kentucky has seen its share of severe storms. The National Weather Service reports 15 tornadoes have touched across the Bluegrass State this year.