Commonwealth Journal

Local News

February 28, 2013

Winter without snow rare for Pulaski County

Somerset —  

“It’s very, very unusual.”
  Shawn Harley, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Jackson, was talking about “The Winter Without Snow” in the Somerset area.
  Today is the first day of March, start of meteorological spring, and, so far this winter, there has not been enough snow in and around Somerset to cover the grass. Harley said his records show Somerset recorded four-tenths of an inch of snow in February.
  Humble Reporter, this newspaper’s country columnist, has recorded six rabbit trackers but one would have to be awfully hungry to have tracked a rabbit in the dustings of snows he counted.
  Pulaski countians have been lucky, that is if you don’t like snow. Several other areas of Kentucky have seen snow this winter, specifically western, northern and eastern sections of the state. 
  It’s not too late to get snow. The calendar says the official spring season doesn’t start until March 20 and some of the biggest snows in history have fallen in March.
  Think March 9, 1960, when Somerset and Pulaski County were completely smothered with 15-20 inches of snow. Then, “The Great Blizzard of March 1993” shut down everything around here with 13 inches of wind-blown snow. There were drifts higher than your head.
  Snow is all over the weather forecast for the next week or so. However, Harley says folks around Somerset won’t get much snow; not enough to cover the grass.
  The forecast sounds a bit ominous. Showers changed to snow Thursday night, frosting the ground in places and covering rooftops and car tops.
  Some light snow accumulations are possible last night and again Saturday night, especially on ridges. Slippery road conditions will be possible during early morning commutes.
  There is nothing in the weather forecast that sounds like spring, at least for the next week. And, a parting shivering thought: The latest spring snow in history fell in May – that’s right – May. Six inches of snow fell in Pulaski County on May 19, 1894.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Mayor Girdler.jpg Bill puts freeze on occupational tax funds

    An addition to the late-passed Kentucky Transportation Cabinet budget contains an Easter egg of sorts that could have a substantial impact on Pulaski County — although Somerset’s mayor is downplaying it.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brenzel and LCRH sign cmyk.jpg Brenzel steps down as LCRH CEO

    Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH) has announced that CEO Mark Brenzel has decided to step down from the top leadership position.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • recycling.ht.jpg Science Hill elementary students promote recycling

    For one group of Science Hill Independent students, taking out the trash isn’t something they avoid.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • carrie dixon-wiese.jpg Local housing facility subject of $349,000 lawsuit

    A local housing facility is the subject of a lawsuit in U.S. Eastern District Court, with several major entities named as defendants — though the Somerset city attorney notes that’s actually more for their protection.
    The defendants listed included the City of Somerset, Somerset Independent Board of Education, and Pulaski County government, as well as the company Somerset East Mt. Vernon Associates, Ltd.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Last rescue adopted pic.jpg Last of dogs rescued from Nancy kennel is adopted

    The last of 27 dogs housed at a Louisville animal rescue center after they were taken from a western Pulaski County puppy mill in a January raid has found a permanent home.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pulaski gets small share of road money

    Some $200 million worth of road-building projects in Pulaski County during the past decade likely is the reason this county got only a tiny share in the two-year road plan hammered out by the General Assembly during the session that adjourned late Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • LaDonna Hurd.jpg Local firefighter dies from injuries suffered in fall at skating rink

    The community’s move to rally around a local volunteer firefighter, nurse, and single mother injured while roller skating has taken on a more tragic note.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • LAKE-FISHING FOTO.JPG Rising lake levels are improving area fishing conditions

    The rising level of Lake Cumberland is covering banks that have been bare for seven years and increasing habitat for game fish such as bass, bluegill and crappie.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ebenstein, Jacob.jpg Local man receives 12 1/2 years in DUI death of teen

    An entire courtroom on Thursday was moved to tears by parents who spoke of the loss of their 19-year-old son during a sentencing for the man who pleaded guilty in his death.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • City agencies dealing with gas leak

    From the Somerset Police Department:

    If you use East University Drive between KY 1247 and KY 39 or live in the area, your drive may be affected by a gas pipeline leak.

     

    April 17, 2014

News Live
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks