2009 year-end weather in review


by Ben Pine


Posted on December 31, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 1 at 12:00 PM

(WHAS11)  Once again, another year has passed with some memorable, historic, and disastrous weather events around Kentuckiana.  Ohio valley weather is often interesting, this year was no different.  Here is a look at the top five weather events of 2000.  I think you will probably guess what will be number one.  Here we go, by chronological order!
If winter storms are headaches, this was a major migraine. 

Number One:  The historic January 27 and 28 ice storm, which brought some of the worst destruction in decades over Kentuckiana.  The inch-thick ice left a record number of people without power.  In Kentucky, more than 700,000 were in the dark, with some left powerless for more than a week.

Cleaning up took months, all the way up to the Kentucky Derby!  You can still see the scars left in our forests and old neighborhoods to this day, and will for years to come.  Many of us would soon forget about these ice storm images, so we’ll move on.

Number Two: This even occurred on February 11; a mini wind storm, compared to what we had with Ike just months earlier.  This was our windiest day of the year, with sustained winds of 35-40 mph, and gusts to 60 mph.  With trees and power lines down, thousands were once again left without electricity. 

Number Three:  Not all of our memorable weather events were necessarily bad.  This event occurred over the entire month of July, but began with the waterfront Independence Day festival.  The unseasonably cool and wet weather is what we’re talking about.  For the first time ever, we never hit 90 in July; this was the 2nd coolest July on record.  This was the coldest July on record for the entire Midwest!

Number Four:  The flood.  The skies simply unloaded the morning of August 4, 2009; too much, too quickly was the problem.  Over 6” of rain fell in MSD’s rain gauge in just 2-and-a-half hours near Shively.  The flood stretched across the metro, streets were like rivers, neighborhoods like lakes, and homes like islands. Even our basement here at WHAS11 couldn’t hold back deluge. 

Number Five:  Another flood!  September 20 brought the metro flood’s bad younger brother, just across the river.  Clark County suffered the worst with more than 6” of rain falling for the day, and numerous water rescues as a result.  There was even a weak EF -1 tornado thrown in the mix in Clark County on that very soggy Sunday. 

After watching that, you might be surprised to hear me say, the weather in 2009 was actually, all in all, fairly quiet compared to other years, except for those really, really big events, you saw there.  Our 2009 was also just plain wet.  We are ending up with nearly a ten-inch surplus for the year; thanks in large part to the 2nd wettest June on record, and the 5th wettest October.

Following is a link to the National Weather Service year in review: