A strong low pressure system moved north of the region on Thursday. This system was unusually deep for the month of December. Consequently, winds picked up as the low came close to our region. The map below indicates the peak wind gusts measured by area automated observing sites as well as from the Kentucky mesonet.
Below is an image of just one of many trees that fell as a result of the strong winds felt across the area.
This was down across N Central Ave. in Campbellsville, KY. Courtesy of John Humphress.
Below is a summary of the wind reports for the day.
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY 1133 PM EST THU DEC 20 2012 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 1200 PM NON-TSTM WND GST BOWLING GREEN 36.97N 86.44W 12/20/2012 M53 MPH WARREN KY ASOS BWG ASOS REPORTED 53 MPH WIND GUST 0115 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG LEWISPORT 37.93N 86.90W 12/20/2012 HANCOCK KY TRAINED SPOTTER 15 INCH DIAMETER TREE DOWN. 0157 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG JASPER 38.39N 86.94W 12/20/2012 DUBOIS IN EMERGENCY MNGR A FEW LOCATIONS WITH TREES DOWN IN DUBOIS COUNTY. 0215 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 5 W EDMONTON 36.98N 85.71W 12/20/2012 M55 MPH METCALFE KY MESONET 0242 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG BRANDENBURG 38.00N 86.18W 12/20/2012 MEADE KY AMATEUR RADIO BUSINESS SIGNS TORN OFF AND FLUNG IN BRANDENBURG. 0255 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 5 SW HARDINSBURG 37.72N 86.52W 12/20/2012 M55 MPH BRECKINRIDGE KY MESONET 0304 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG CORYDON 38.21N 86.13W 12/20/2012 HARRISON IN BROADCAST MEDIA TREES DOWN IN HARRISON COUNTY 0325 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 8 W ELIZABETHTOWN 37.70N 86.02W 12/20/2012 M51 MPH HARDIN KY MESONET 0355 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 3 NNE COLUMBIA 37.14N 85.29W 12/20/2012 M51 MPH ADAIR KY MESONET ADAIR COUNTY MESONET REPORTED 50.6 MPH WIND GUST 0403 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 2 SSW HIGHVIEW 38.12N 85.64W 12/20/2012 M50 MPH JEFFERSON KY NWS EMPLOYEE NWS OFFICE UNOFFICAL OBS REPORTED 50 MPH WIND GUST WITH A TREE DOWN ON POWER LINES IN THE LOCAL AREA 0420 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 4 N BLACK GNAT 37.36N 85.46W 12/20/2012 M51 MPH TAYLOR KY MESONET TAYLOR COUNTY MESONET REPORTED 51.2 MPH WIND GUST 0430 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 4 WNW FINCHVILLE 38.16N 85.38W 12/20/2012 M50 MPH SHELBY KY MESONET SHELBY COUNTY MESONET REPORTED 50.1 MPH WIND GUST 0451 PM NON-TSTM WND GST LOUISVILLE 38.22N 85.74W 12/20/2012 M51 MPH JEFFERSON KY ASOS SDF ASOS REPORTED 51 MPH WIND GUST 0503 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG LOUISVILLE 38.22N 85.74W 12/20/2012 JEFFERSON KY EMERGENCY MNGR TREES REPORTED DOWN AS WELL AS POWER OUTAGES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY BY METROSAFE 0515 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 6 ENE KEENE 37.97N 84.53W 12/20/2012 M50 MPH FAYETTE KY MESONET FAYETTE COUNTY MESONET REPORTED 49.8 MPH WIND GUST 0515 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 3 SW LANCASTER 37.58N 84.62W 12/20/2012 M51 MPH LINCOLN KY MESONET LINCOLN COUNTY MESONET REPORTED 51.4 MPH WIND GUST 0545 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 3 NNW WINCHESTER 38.03N 84.21W 12/20/2012 M50 MPH CLARK KY MESONET CLARK COUNTY MESONET REPORTED 49.5 MPH WIND GUST 0604 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG CAMPBELLSVILLE 37.35N 85.35W 12/20/2012 TAYLOR KY EMERGENCY MNGR EM REPORTED TREES DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTY 0635 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 3 NNW WINCHESTER 38.03N 84.21W 12/20/2012 M56 MPH CLARK KY MESONET CLARK COUNTY MESONET REPORTED 56.3 MPH WIND GUST 0655 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 3 ESE MILLERSBURG 38.28N 84.10W 12/20/2012 M52 MPH NICHOLAS KY MESONET NICHOLAS COUNTY MESONET REPORTED 52.2 MPH WIND GUST 0713 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG 1 NNE FORKS OF ELKHORN 38.23N 84.79W 12/20/2012 FRANKLIN KY PUBLIC TREE REPORTED DOWN VIA TWITTER AT THE CORNER OF SWITZER ROAD AND COLSTON LANE JUST OUTSIDE OF FRANKFORT 0744 PM NON-TSTM WND GST LOUISVILLE 38.17N 85.74W 12/20/2012 M53 MPH JEFFERSON KY ASOS SDF ASOS REPORTED 46 KNOT WIND GUST 0824 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG LEAVENWORTH 38.20N 86.35W 12/20/2012 CRAWFORD IN TRAINED SPOTTER TREE REPORTED DOWN ON STATE ROAD 62 0847 PM NON-TSTM WND GST LOUISVILLE 38.17N 85.74W 12/20/2012 M60 MPH JEFFERSON KY ASOS SDF ASOS REPORTED 52 KNOT WIND GUST