6:34pm

Mon June 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Hot, Hot and More Hot

Many say the un-official start to summer is Memorial Day.  If you agree with that premise, then it’s already been a pretty hot summer.  A weather specialist at the University of Kentucky says it’s hard to say what comes next.  Many Kentuckians may already be thinking about fall, dreaming about cooler temperatures.   Summer doesn’t officially arrive until June 21st, but a great deal of hot humid weather has already come to many Kentucky communities.

Temperatures could top 90 this week.  University of Kentucky Agricultural meteorologist, Tom Priddy says hot weather now is no predictor of what Kentuckians will experience the remainder of the summer.

“If you look at the last 116 years of weather data, and then try to pick an anomaly year, it doesn’t always work out that the weather that we’ve had up to this point says really anything about the weather we’re gonna have,” said Priddy.

Unfortunately, tragic tornadic weather this year has resulted in much loss of life in a number of communities across the country.  Priddy says it hard to predict storm activity this summer across Kentucky.

“If you look at the last 116 years of weather data, and then try to pick an anomaly year, it doesn’t always work out that the weather that we’ve had up to this point says really anything about the weather we’re gonna have,” added Priddy.

One of the keys to survival in such a storm, is to get to a low spot, preferably a basement, as fast as possible.  University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist, Tom Priddy says don’t worry about household windows.

“Close your windows or open you windows before an advancing tornado.  Don’t worry about your windows, whether they are open or closed.  It’s gonna do the damage whether those windows are open or closed,” explained Priddy.

Unseasonably warm temperatures are predicted this week with highs in the 90’s.