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ural year 2002; eather review a year that saw an end to 'ears of below normal rainfall, flash flooding and river Some of the most hail damage in recent Eastern Kentucky in ear- , a severe weather outbreak in i early winter storm was active as far as snow s go, as three significant snows The first was on January ow pressure tracked gulf coast states, northeast- the Appalachian Moun- storm produced mainly with four to 10 inches report- Eastern Kentucky. During of the storm, snow fell at one and two inches The second snow storm from the evening of the 18th as an upper level sed the area. Four to 3w was reported cffthe Mountain _,  y. A third storm on the 19th i;'!i iX:n: w i ttPee C!a!!i rent as along the Virginia and Ten- ,,,,I " borders saw significant ice ..... aulations. Along and north of sts t :ountain Parkway snowfall to- nc nged from six to nine inches, bur to six inches in counties to I:i ut h and 25th of January saw .'st widespread flash flooding the region. Many counties , and south of the Daniel Boone " "a . ^al? Y saw streams use out of their un t, lwit h many roads being dam- . ,]ruary saw a little bit uie eO r , q ter _ le. LOcally, bear snow t t0_l n . - Y of four alWaY" .m cues tell in Letcher.. Jac ks on, r, .,11 ! tt and Owsley counties on the "d a low from the Gulf Coast 'thel .h i msltracked up the Eastern Sea- ch another active month 'c a was :r t Md front stalled out over the ',( ,V t ,f I mt rl ib T From the 17th to the 20th, sive waves of low pressure  inundating rains. The heavY- Is on the 17th and 18th fell in mberland and Kentucky Riv- ns and initially resulted in ooding of small streams and On the 17th and 18th signif- iish floodi'ng occurred in Har- amy; 8.84 inches fell in the the 17th through the 19th. Between me late evening hours of the 17th until the 23rd, parts of the Cumberland River were in flood. This was the worst flooding on the Cumberland River in 25 years. A total of $26.5 million dollars in damage was reported. Three hun- dred residents lost their homes and five bridges were destroyed and sev- eral vehicles were swept away in the flood waters. The Kentucky River was also in flood from the 18th to the 21st, with over $300,000 in damage in Perry County. The last round of heavy rain brought flooding to parts of the Licking River Basin. On the 20th the Licking River flooded, caus- ing $500,000 in damage in Rowan and Fleming Counties; 75 percent of the homes in the community of Farm- ers were damaged. March ended with severe thun- derstorms over the northeastern ar- eas of the region and on the 29th, which produced mainly large hail. One storm did produce a brief torna- do touchdown at Haddix in Breatbitt County. March ended up as the wet- test month of the year across Eastern Kentucky. At the Jackson Weather office, 7.96 inches of rain fell. With 6.39 inches falling at the London- Corbin Airport. Other locations such as Williamsburg, Somerset and Har- lan saw nearly a month later, on April 28th, several lines of severe thunderstorms crossed the region. They brought with them widespread wind damage and large hail. Base- ball size hail was reported in Wolfe County as well as at Bronston's in Pulaski County There were $40,000 of damage to vehicles and homes. May began with two rounds of severe weather on the I st and 2nd. On the first, golfball to softball size hail fell in Rockcastle, Pulaski and Laurel Counties. It resulted in a total of $39.5 million in damage. Several thunderstorms produced large hail during the late morning and after- noon of the 2nd, but the bigger story was the heavy rains that produced flash flooding. Flash flooding on the Big Sandy and the Kentucky River Basins on the 2rid turned into a river flooding from late on the 2rid until the 4th. Flooding on the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River was composed by heavy rains that fell in the head- waters of the basin in West Virginia. The most significant flooding was in Martin and Pike counties. One death occurred in Pike County on the 2nd when a motorist attempted to cross a flooded bridge. A total of $5.8 mil- lion of damage was reported in Floyd, Owsley, Martin and Pike counties. On the 7th, isolated severe thunder- storms moved across Eastern Ken- tucky. One storm briefly oroduced a weak F0 tornado near Corbin in Lau- rel County. It resulted in $55,000 in damage. After these May outbreaks, only isolated severe weather occurred during the summer months. The costliest weather event of the summer was flash flooding that oc- curred on July 2nd. Heavy rain from thunderstorms caused $500,000 of damage in the Dorton area of Pike County and $200,000 of damage occurred near Fl.ming-Neon in Letcher County. The rest of the sum- mer and early fall featured generally tranquil weather. On November 10th, a powerful storm system moved into the great lakes region and pushed a strong cold front across Eastern Kentucky. Temperatures soared into the upper 70s ahead of the system, but no tor- nados were reported in Eastern Ken- tucky. Wind damage and large hail was reported in many areas from these storms. The most significant damage occurred in McCreary Coun- ty about two miles east of Pine Knot. Straight line winds of 80 to 90 MPH destroyed the fellowship hall of a church, damaged the roofs of several homes and downed numerous trees. Miraculously there were no injuries. The first major winter storm of the season came on December 4th. An area of low pressure moved from the Gulf Coast states headed into the Tennessee Valley and Appalachian Mountains. Snowfall totals of four to five inches were reported in the London and Somerset areas as well as along the Tennessee border and in Harlan and Letcher counties. A total of six inches was reported at Monti- cello, in Wayne County. During the evening hours, the precipitation changed to rain freezing rain and sleet falling in areas just to the north, such as London, Jackson and Pre- stonsburg. Further to the north an area of heavy snow fell along and north of Interstate 64. The greatest snowfall during the second round of heavy snow was eight inches in Flem- ing C6unty. Here are some specific facts and figures for rainfall and temperatures at Jackson Following the driest year on record at Jackson, 2002 ended as the first year in the past four with above normal precipitation. The 2002 yearly rainfall total at Jackson was 52.59qnches, which was 3.21 inches above normal. 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The highest tem- perature was 93 degrees, which oc- curred on the 6th and 10th of Sep- tember London had 24 days with readings of 90 degrees or higher. The highest temperature during 2002 was 94 degrees recorded August 4th and again on September 9th. The average for the year was 56.9 de- grees at Jackson, which was 1.0 de- grees above normal. The average temperature for the year was 16.6 degrees at London, which was 0.6 degrees above normal. Another year of above normal rainfall combined with normal snow- fall this winter would be welcomed and would help keep water tables at normal levels and streams flowing at normal rates. However, looking ahead at the first three months of 2003, near to slightly above normal temperatures are expected along with below normal precipitation. PTA Open House to be held Feb. 13 at BCHS The PTA Conference will be held at BCHS, Thursday, February 13, from 6-8 p.m. It is an open- house event, and all students and parents are encouraged to attend. 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