Mountain Weather Journal

The Mountain Weather Journal has been discontinued but past editions of the newsletter from the National Weather Service Office in Jackson, KY are archived below.  The newsletters include articles and information of interest to residents of eastern Kentucky, including articles on notable past weather events, tips you can use to stay safe during times of severe weather, and information regarding the products and services offered by YOUR National Weather Service.   

  • Fall 2009 - Including articles on The Ridge and Valley Split — Temperatures, Winter Weather Information, Low Level Wind Shear: Invisible Enemy to Pilots, and IFLOWS.
  • Spring 2009 - Including articles on upslope snowfall, the origins of the phrase "it's raining cats and dogs", and aircraft icing.
  • Spring 2008 - Including articles on East Kentucky River Flood Climatology, the 2008 Wayne County tornado, and the Edward T. Earhart Memorial Scholarship.
  • Fall 2007 - Including information on the CoCoRaHS program, a review of the unseasonably warm summer of 2007, and information on a new product called the Graphicast being issued by your National Weather Service.
  • Spring 2007 - Including a report on the Winter of 06/07 and articles on Storm Based Warnings and the dangers of leaving children and pets in vehicles during the summer months.
  • Fall 2006 - Including articles on the future Kentucky Mesonet, the Fall Severe Weather Season, Incident Meteorologists, and the devastating floods of 1977.
  • Spring 2006 - Including articles on how the weather affects your garden, tips you can use during the Fire Season, and a review and pictures from our 25th Anniversary Celebration.
  • Fall 2005 - Including articles on the record warm summer of 2005, tips on how you can beat the heat, new radar displays on the internet, and how to set up your own weather station at home.
  • Spring 2005 - Including tips on how you can stay safe in a Flash Flood, Thunderstorm, or if a Tornado strikes, and an article on the flooding caused by hurricanes Frances and Ivan during September 2004.
  • Fall 2004 - Including articles on the cool and wet summer of 2004, Turn Around Don't Drown, and a review of the Memorial Day Weekend Severe Weather Outbreak.
  • Spring 2004 - Including details about our new Lake Wind Advisory program and a lowering of our Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Warning criteria, and articles about the flooding of February 5th and 6th, 2004, a review of the Super Tornado Outbreak of 1974, and tips on how to make a homemade barometer.
  • Fall 2003 - Including articles on the snow and brutal cold of January 1994, a recap of the cool and wet summer, and an article titled "The Eloquence of Ice" from one of our coop observers.
  • Spring 2003 - Including articles on a recent severe weather outbreak containing softball sized hail, winter weather safety tips, the Advance Hydrologic Prediction Services (AHPS), and news from the Coop Program. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.