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Ending Record Wettest Year, Windy New Year's Day!

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Updated: 12/31/2011 10:54 pm
Saturday, December 31st, 2011: Closing Out the Wettest Year With A Dry Evening, Then A WINDY, Colder New Year's Day

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope 2012 brings you good health, peace and joy.  I do appreciate that you stop by the weather blog - we don't take you for granted!

We're closing out the record wettest year here in Lexington and Frankfort.  We've talked about it plenty, but now we know - with confidence - what the exact numbers will be in the record books.  The new standards have been set in Lexington and Frankfort for most precipitation in a year.

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As we turn the page from 2011 to 2012, we'll be quiet and dry at midnight.  Temperatures will remain nearly steady, hovering in the lower 40s in most areas thanks to a bit of a breeze from the south.  Skies will be mainly clear across central and eastern KY through the first couple of hours of 2012.

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The quiet, uneventful weather will not last long, though!  During the first morning of the new year, winds will rapidly increase as a strong (but moisture-starved) cold front rolls through the Bluegrass and pushes into eastern Kentucky.  A few spotty showers or sprinkles will accompany the front in some areas, but ALL areas will see a gusty breeze that shifts from the south, to the southwest, and eventually blows from the west during the afternoon on New Year's Day.  Winds will gust over 40 mph across the Bluegrass Region, and over 35 mph in eastern Kentucky.

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In light of this, Wind Advisories have been posted for the Bluegrass Region, and a Lake Wind Advisory (small step down from a true Wind Advisory) has been posted for parts of the Lake Cumberland Region and into the foothills of east-central Kentucky.  These advisories are in effect on Sunday during the daytime hours.

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That wind will be a wind of change, delivering a major cooldown.  Late-morning or midday highs on Sunday will be in the middle 40s, but we'll fall through the 30s late in the day, and into the 20s on Sunday night.  Monday's high will only be around 30°, and we'll be in the teens on Monday night and Tuesday night, with Tuesday's high only around 25°.  Snow showers and squalls will be pretty persistent, especially in eastern Kentucky, on Monday evening and Monday night, with light accumulations likely in eastern Kentucky!

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After a quiet start to the snow season, and a fairly mild December, 2012 will bring a jarring change.  BUNDLE UP, and Happy New Year!

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Geoff

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Geoff Cornish - 1/4/2012 7:03 AM
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Hey Tom, Good to hear from you. Thanks for the snow photo. I'm sorry that I didn't your see this message, or the comment you left back in late December, until now. I am revisiting the discussion with our webmaster regarding enabling comments on the current post, so I don't miss your messages in the future.

Tom36 - 1/2/2012 10:19 AM
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Hey Geoff, I still have not figured out how to post on the current blog posting. But on another note today I have seen some decent snow showers today. http://www.flickr.com/photos/68244668@N06/6620343783/
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