Winter Weather Advisory #004: Expires 2 FEB 2018 (18:00 Eastern)

01 FEB 2017 – Valid until 06:00 PM 2 FEB 2018

A private Winter Weather Advisory encompasses most of Central, Western, Northern, and Eastern Kentucky, beginning Thursday night, through the afternoon, Friday, and possibly extending in to Saturday.

Precipitation is already occurring in Western Kentucky, and will likely accumulate up to 5 inches in some areas particularly around the bluegrass region and South Eastward. Most areas West of I-75 will be looking at 1-3 inches.

Wind Statement: Wind will likely be mild, gusting to 10-12 mph.

Activation: Kentuckians are encouraged to submit reports and photos of ice and snow impacting travel through the night. You can use Twitter #kywx, #ekywx, and for those in Eastern Kentucky, you can tag @EKYVost

Travel Impact: Please give yourself additional travel time to account for warming your vehicle up. Make sure you keep enough fuel in your vehicle in case of an emergency, this will allow you to run your vehicle for heat longer. Additionally, there may be ice and snow on roadways. Use caution, or preferably stay home!
*ICE* Ice is a threat with this storm, especially once roads freeze.

You can view weather resources and view live traffic conditions at: Weather Resources RWIS

Kentucky-wide reporting for weather and disasters.

Hello everyone!

I am pleased to announce that we had a very successful meeting with an Australian-based safety-oriented company last night. They are very eager to learn about what problems face the current environment of reporting things here in Kentucky, and want to help change the way weather is handled here in Kentucky.

So what exactly are the current struggles?

At the present time, we are struggling to sift reports from people around the state during weather events. There is the VOST Team, which relays social media posts to the National Weather Service, but we miss things sometimes. And many times, people don’t know what tags to use, or who to tag in them. We rely on phone calls, HAM radio nets, Twitter, and Facebook; we even still use email for photos! It’s time consuming, leads to many low-quality reports, and is slow.

So here’s how we are looking to improve this situation for the commonwealth:

The general public will be granted, on a limited basis, the ability to “say something”, when they “See something.”

Imagine having a barrage of people reporting photos of storm damage. Let’s say for instance, someone reports a “Tree on Powerlines.”

Not only will it be geo-tagged, but a photo can be included right there. Designated prioritizers can assign a priority to the reports, and the Power Company, and the city would be notified of this issue.

EMS & Fire: Know where the roads are blocked much quicker than waiting for dispatch to try to decipher what’s going on.

Utilities: Power and Water companies can be set up to automatically be notified of certain events such as trees on power lines, or water emergencies.

Emergency Managers: Know whats going on in your locale. You’ll be able to watch all of your resources as they respond, and you’ll be able to take corrective actions based on what you see!

NWS: Know where the most amount of damage is occurring in real-time, and be able to directly ask users followup questions, and even mark areas to investigate the day after.

News Outlets: You will have access to all of what’s going on! Pick and choose where to focus your reporting resources, and see photos before you even get there. No more wasted trips.

General Public: Do something good for your community, know where not to go, and watch in real-time as responders mark that they are on their way to take care of the issue.

We are looking to get it set up to be able to report things such as Hail, Rain Totals, Floods, Storm Damage, Snowfall totals, Tornado Reports, and much more!

With any luck, we will begin rolling it out in the next few months for a limited trial for some counties. If it works well, we anticipate all of Central and Eastern Kentucky to be included by 2019, and all of Kentucky to be included by 2020.

Want to discuss it? Leave a comment below!

Winter Weather Advisory #003: Expires 16 JAN 2018 (11:00 Eastern)

15 JAN 2017 – Valid until 11:00 AM 16 JAN 2018

A private Winter Weather Advisory encompasses most of Northern, Central, Western, and Eastern Kentucky, beginning Friday afternoon, through the early morning Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.

Precipitation is already occurring, and will likely accumulate up to 4 inches in some areas.

Wind Statement: Wind will likely be mild.

Activation: Kentuckians are encouraged to submit reports and photos of ice and snow impacting travel through the night. You can use Twitter #kywx, #ekywx, and for those in Eastern Kentucky, you can tag @EKYVost

Travel Impact: Please give yourself additional travel time to account for warming your vehicle up. Make sure you keep enough fuel in your vehicle in case of an emergency, this will allow you to run your vehicle for heat longer. Additionally, there may be ice and snow on roadways. Use caution, or preferably stay home!
*ICE* Ice is a threat with this storm, especially once roads freeze.

You can view weather resources and view live traffic conditions at: Weather Resources RWIS