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REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
302 PM EST TUE FEB 2 2016

CLOUDY AND/OR FOGGY CONDITIONS WERE PRESENT ACROSS EASTERN
KENTUCKY THIS MORNING. 7 AM TEMPERATURES WERE GENERALLY
MILD...WITH READINGS MOSTLY RANGING FROM THE MIDDLE 30S TO THE
MIDDLE 40S. NORMAL LOWS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR ARE IN THE MIDDLE
20S. WARM AIR AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING FRONT...PUSHED TEMPERATURES
TO NEAR RECORD READINGS. MID AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES WERE MOSTLY IN
THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 70S. TYPICAL HIGHS FOR EARLY FEBRUARY ARE IN
THE MIDDLE 40S. IN FACT...THROUGH 3 PM...THE JACKSON WEATHER
OFFICE HAD A HIGH OF 74 DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS
GROUNDHOG DAY RECORD OF 73 DEGREES FROM 1989.

THERE IS A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT AS A
STORM SYSTEM MOVES THROUGH THE REGION. VERY STRONG WINDS ARE
EXPECTED WITH THIS SYSTEM WHETHER A THUNDERSTORM OCCURS OR NOT. LOOK
FOR WINDS OF 40 TO 45 MPH AT TIMES WITH 50 TO 55 MPH POSSIBLE AT THE
HIGHER ELEVATIONS THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. SOME LINGERING
SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED INTO WEDNESDAY...WITH COOLER AIR ARRIVING LATE
IN THE DAY. TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE 30S WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND ONLY
REACH THE 40 TO 45 DEGREE RANGE THURSDAY.

WEATHER FOLKLORE...GROUNDHOGS DAY.

WHEN LOOKING BACK AT THE TRADITION OF GROUNDHOGS DAY...THE HISTORICAL
RECORD APPEARS TO SHOW A BLEND OF A COUPLE OF WEATHER RELATED
FOLKTALES. EUROPEANS PUT GREAT STOCK IN FEBRUARY 2ND...OR CANDLEMAS
DAY...ON THE CHURCH CALENDAR AS A WEATHER INDICATOR AT THE HALFWAY
POINT BETWEEN THE WINTER SOLSTICE AND THE SPRING EQUINOX. IF THE
WEATHER WAS CLEAR ON CANDLEMAS DAY....IT WAS SEEN AS THE HARBINGER OF
SNOWY WEATHER TO COME...WHEREAS CLOUDY CONDITIONS HELD THE PROMISE
THAT THINGS WOULD IMPROVE IN THE WEEKS TO COME.

GERMANS ADDED ANIMAL LORE TO THEIR CANDLEMAS STORY...SAYING THAT IF
THE WEATHER WAS SUNNY ENOUGH TO SCARE A BADGER BACK INTO ITS HOLE
THERE WERE MORE WINTRY DAYS TO COME.

AS THE EUROPEAN IMMIGRANTS CAME TO AMERICA...THEY BROUGHT WITH THEM
THEIR CUSTOMS AND FOLKLORE. LIKE MANY THINGS IN AMERICA...A BLEND OF
THE TRADITIONS WAS ACCEPTED...AND WITH BADGERS BEING SCARCE IN THE
NEW WORLD...THE GROUND HOG WAS THE ACCEPTED SUBSTITUTE...THUS
GROUNDHOGS DAY WORKED ITSELF INTO AMERICAN CULTURE.

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL IS LOCATED IN PUNXSUTAWNEY PENNSYLVANIA. SINCE
1887...HE HAS SEEN HIS SHADOW 101 TIMES...NOT SEEN HIS SHADOW 19
TIMES...AND RESULTS HAVE NOT BEEN RECORDED 9 TIMES. PUNXSUTAWNEY
PHIL HAS FORECASTED ACCURATELY 39 PERCENT OF THE TIME. AT 725 AM
THIS MORNING...PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL EXITED HIS BURROW AND DID NOT HIS
SHADOW...WHICH MEANS A PREDICTION OF AN EARLY SPRING.

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CARICO


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