climate

ShowYourStripes.Info

The stripes kind of look like those old packs of Fruit Stripe bubble gum. Each stripe represents a year. The colors, shaded from cool navy to scarlet, indicate annual average temperatures.

Together, the stripes reveal patterns of warming trends across the globe over the last 100-plus years.

Climate Scientist Ed Hawkins created the graphics to start conversations about the warming world and the risks climate change poses in different regions.

Kentucky Unlikely To Meet New Climate Change Goal

Oct 10, 2018
Kyeland Jackson

Kentucky has just 12 years to drastically reduce its reliance on fossil fuels to do its part to save the planet from the worst impacts of climate change, according to a new report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change.

Monday’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says humankind is already living in a warming world and the planet is on track to be 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than pre-industrial levels around 2040, according to the report.

Rising global temperatures contribute to Kentucky’s weather variability increasing the risk of droughts, heat waves, extreme storms and heavy rainfall.

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Thursday is the first official day of summer in theory, but in practice Kentuckians have already been feeling the heat.

Warmer days and longer summers are a symptom of rising temperatures across the planet and Kentucky too, is hotter than it used to be.

Kentucky’s average temperature increased 1.41 degrees over the last 30 years, according to the latest climate data analyzed by the Associated Press.

Kentucky Mesonet

The Kentucky Mesonet is adding its 70th station created through a partnership with the Pulaski County community. The new weather station will be located at Northern Elementary School in Somerset. Installation of that station is expected to begin later this spring. 

Stuart Foster is the state climatologist and director of Kentucky Mesonet and the Kentucky Climate Center. He said locating a weather station at a school offers educational opportunities.

Kentucky Mesonet

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin presented his State of the Commonwealth on Tuesday. He suggested 70 programs that could be eliminated from the state budget.

One of those is the Kentucky Mesonet based at Western Kentucky University.  Rhonda Miller spoke with state climatologist and director of the Kentucky Mesonet Stuart Foster about the implications of the governor’s recommended budget cuts on farmers, businesses and individuals across the state.


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It’s going to be a hot next few weeks in Louisville, with temperatures projected to reach the upper 80s or 90s almost every day.

Flavio Lehner says to get used to it.

Lehner, a post-doctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is the author of a study on summer temperature projections. Using climate forecasting data, he and his colleagues found that if carbon dioxide emissions continue on their current pace, it’ll translate to hotter summers for most of the globe.

“Towards the end of this century, under a scenario where we continue emitting greenhouse gas unabated, you will see a very large chance that basically every summer in most parts of the world will be as hot or hotter than the hottest we’ve seen up to date,” Lehner said.

"The effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans," and the world is mostly "ill-prepared" for the risks that the sweeping changes present, a new report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes.

Kentucky state climatologist Stuart Foster who directs the Kentucky Climate Center and the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU has been named the new president of the American Association of State Climatologists.