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REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
153 PM EST THU MAR 5 2015

IT IS HARD TO DESCRIBE THE PUMMELING THAT EASTERN KENTUCKY HAS
UNDERGONE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. DAILY RECORD RAINFALLS WERE
RECORDED YESTERDAY IN BOTH JACKSON AND LONDON. AT THE END OF THE
DAY YESTERDAY...JACKSON RECORDED 2.36 INCHES AND LONDON RECORDED
1.79 INCHES OR RAINFALL. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD AT JACKSON
WHICH WAS 0.91 INCHES AND THE OLD RECORD AT LONDON WHICH WAS 1.19
INCHES.

IT STARTED RAINING EARLY ON WEDNESDAY AND BY THURSDAY MORNING 24
HOUR RAINFALL TOTALS EXCEEDED 2 INCHES. WILLIAMSBURG REPORTED
2.56 INCHES THIS MORNING WITH A HEAVY SWATH OF RAIN EXTENDING FROM
WHITLEY COUNTY EAST INTO PIKE COUNTY.

OVER THE PAST 48 HOURS RAINFALL TOTALS OVER A LARGE PORTION OF
EAST KENTUCKY EXCEEDED 3 INCHES. OVER THE PAST 48 HOURS...THE
HEAVIEST RAIN FELL ALONG AND NEAR THE HAL ROGERS PARKWAY FROM
KNOX COUNTY THROUGH KNOTT COUNTY. THIS RAIN FELL ON SUPER
SATURATED GROUND. SOME OF THE GROUND STILL HAD SEVERAL INCHES OF
SNOW PACK ON IT.

THIS PUT MANY CREEKS AND STREAMS OUT OF THEIR BANKS. OUR RIVERS
IN MANY LOCATIONS CRESTED AT LEVELS NOT SEEN SINCE 2002. THE
RIVER AT ELKHORN CITY CRESTED AT 18.51 FEET. THAT WAS THE 7TH
HIGHEST CREST ON RECORD AND THE HIGHEST THE RIVER HAS BEEN SINCE
1984. THE RIVER AT PINEVILLE CRESTED AT 1016.45 WHICH RANKS AS THE
3RD HIGHEST CREST. THIS IS THE HIGHEST THE RIVER HAS BEEN IN
PINEVILLE SINCE 2002. THE RIVER AT PIKEVILLE CRESTED AT 40.40 FEET
AND NEVER BUSTED INTO THE 10 HIGHEST RECORDED CREST. IT WAS
HOWEVER THE HIGHEST THE RIVER HAS BEEN SINCE 1984.

BEFORE RESIDENTS WERE THROUGH DEALING WITH THE ONGOING FLOODING
PROBLEMS...WE GOT POUNDED BY A SIGNIFICANT SNOW STORM. THE
SOAKING RAINS MADE A QUICK CHANGE OVER TO SNOW DURING THE EARLY
MORNING HOURS. SNOW FELL HEAVY AT TIMES BEFORE ENDED DURING THE
AFTERNOON HOURS. SNOW TOTALS THIS MORNING RANGED FROM 1 INCH UP TO
14 INCHES. ALONG AND NORTH OF THE MOUNTAIN PARKWAY SNOWFALL
AVERAGED 7 TO 9 INCHES. PARTS OF NORTHERN FLEMING COUNTY RECEIVED
14 INCHES OF NEW SNOW. THE WEATHER OFFICE RECORDED 3 INCHES FOR
THE DAY WITH AREAS TO THE SOUTHEAST RECEIVING AROUND 1 INCH.

RIVERS WILL START RECEDING THIS EVENING AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME MORE DRY. FRIDAY MORNING LOOKS TO BE VERY
COLD WITH LOWS AROUND OR JUST BELOW ZERO. HIGHS ON FRIDAY SHOULD
REACH THE LOW 30S WITH A WARMING TREND TAKING PLACE AS WE HEAD
INTO THE WEEKEND.

ON THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY...AN UNUSUALLY COLD AIR MASS HAD
INVADED EASTERN KENTUCKY BACK IN 1960. THE LONDON CORBIN AIRPORT
ESTABLISHED RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS
BETWEEN THE 4TH AND 8TH OF MARCH. IN FACT...THIS OUTBREAK OF COLD
WEATHER LED TO A WHOPPING 15 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 9TH OF THAT
MONTH. ADDITIONALLY...TEMPERATURES REMAINED BELOW NORMAL FOR MUCH
OF THE MONTH THAT YEAR...MAKING IT THE COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD.

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DBS


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