The December 20th Wind Event

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


Return to News Archive

USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.