MADISON COUNTY —
The month of March has proved to be a grab bag of weather conditions for Madison County.
Area residents saw a temperature high of 71 degrees March 10 and a low of 17 degrees on March 22.
Monday, the fifth day of spring, Eastern Kentucky University students marched headlong through swirling snow propelled by 31 mph wind gusts. The temperature high (if you could call it that) was 35 degrees, while the wind chill made it feel more like 20 degrees, according to weather reports.
“What’s up with this snow?” one Eastern student was overhead saying to another.
“I don’t know man, this is messed up,” his friend replied.
News reports say one Ohio prosecutor has indicted famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil on an “unclassified felony” charge of “misrepresentation of early spring.” The prosecutor is even seeking the death penalty.
Tradition has it that winter will continue for six more weeks if on Feb. 2, the rodent fails to see his shadow and retreat to his lair. Phil saw his shadow this year, but his prediction was inaccurate.
Yet, weather reports haven’t always been so chilly this close to April.
On this day in 1929, Lexington experienced a record high of 86 degrees, and 88 degrees in Louisville.
On March 25, 1884, an F2 tornado touched down in Harrison County where 18 of the community’s 20 homes were damaged, according to National Weather Service records.
However, on this same day in 1843, a second major snowstorm in days hit the eastern half of the country, producing snow from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico. Eastern Tennessee was buried under 15 inches of snow, the NWS said.
Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@
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