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wayne hartMeteorologist Wayne HartCENTRAL CITY, Ky. (4/9/14) — As reported by SurfKY News April 2, veteran television meteorologist Wayne Hart will make a special appearance 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Central City Convention Center.

SurfKY News talked to Hart about the event and his view of what type of weather area residents can expect for this spring and summer.  

"This will be a class more for the general public and to discuss severe weather awareness," Hart said. "We'll stress that as we get into tornado season, the one thing to remember is, unfortunately, we usually don't see a tornado before it hits. We often get nighttime tornadoes in Western Kentucky. We did have the unusual outbreak of daytime tornadoes back in November, but those were highly unusual. The one that hit on Super Tuesday of 2008 in Muhlenberg County developed in the late afternoon. So again, it was hard to see. You really need to pay attention to television and radio to stay on top of bad weather. Sirens are great, but if you are indoors or around a large amount of noise, you may not hear the siren."  

Hart said when comparing preparedness in his coverage area of western Kentucky, southern Indiana and southern Illinois, people in Kentucky seem to be slightly more prepared.

"I think that western Kentuckians have had more than their share of severe weather over the past few years, as compared to the rest of the tri-state," Hart said. "I think people in this area have gotten the message. Bad weather will happen, and you need to have a game plan. A perfect example was the Hopkins County tornado in 2005. It was an F4 tornado and we had no fatalities. When you look at the record books, it's hard to find a tornado of that magnitude that has not had fatalities."

As far as the future of weather forecasting, Hart said that short-range predicting is getting better.

"Short range weather forecasting is really getting better and better," Hart said. "We are pretty well able now to predict accurately what the weather will be for the next week or two. But when it comes to long-range forecasting, there is still a great deal of work to be done. The snow and ice storms from this past winter are a perfect example. Not many long range predictions showed just how severe the weather was going to be."

There is one bit of long range predicting Hart was willing to make though.

"We will experience an El Nino in the Pacific later this summer going into the fall," Hart said. "This could be a strong one. But it will not be a factor for us in the tri-state until we move into late summer and early fall.  The good news is for the short term, it looks like our wet weather is moving out of the area for the immediate future."

Hart is the Chief Meteorologist for WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW Eyewitness Weather.

The weather preparedness class is free and open to the public at CCCC, 320 Golden Tide Avenue, Central City.

To find out more about the event call (270) 757-2345.

Paul McRee
SurfKY News Reporter

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