Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Kentucky Public Service Commission: Ice Storm Outages Top 607,000 Customers
Chicago Tribune: Blogging the Blago impeachment trial
ComputerWorld: Google unveils tools that can show if your ISP is giving you what you paid for
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
8:09pm: The Herald-Leader is reporting that at least 525,000 Kentuckians are without power. This storm will rank as one of the worst storms of any type Kentucky has seen in recent years. By the grace of God, Letcher County and much of SE Kentucky was spared the worst. Continue to PRAY for those affected by the storm.
While this will be my final update on the storm on this particular blog post, I will continue coverage of the aftermath in my regular "trio" posts. Thanks to all of you for following this major event.
5:10pm: Louisville's LG&E has said that it will take 7-10 days to restore electricity to storm-affected customers in its service area.
4:19pm: Precip has left the Commonwealth at long last. The Winter Weather Advisory has been canceled. Apparently, the moisture left before the bulk of the cold air arrived. The Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for the area will continue until 5pm. Since the precip has ended, I have taken down the maps for this post.
2:12pm: Precip winding down here in Letcher County. Temps are hovering in the low 30s. Despite the storm, the Girls' All 'A' high school basketball tourney is going on at EKU, but all games are played in one delayed session instead of the usual two sessions. Sports writer Mike Fields from the Herald-Leader has more here.
1:32pm: The number of outages keep rising. At least 473,000 are without power here in the Commonwealth. This does not include city-run utilities or rural co-ops who are affiliated with TVA.
1:12pm: The snow has arrived in Letcher County...school buses are on the roads. Stay safe.
12:26pm: As you can see by the above radar, the rain-snow line is approaching Letcher County. PRAY for those affected by the storm.
11:55am: The National Weather Service office in Jackson has lost power. All warnings, watches, etc. normally issued by NWS Jackson are currently issued by the NWS office in Wilmington, Ohio. Blue Grass Airport in Lexington has lost power and is operating on generator power.
11:42am: The Letcher County School System will be dismissing at 12:30pm due to the anticipated wintry weather.
11:36am: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Letcher County until 6pm...1-3 inches of snow expected along with light ice accumulation on the ridges from light freezing rain. The AP is reporting that at least 375,000 customers are without power statewide, making this the second largest series of outages in Kentucky's history. 600,000 were without power in September after the remnants of Hurricane Ike moved through the state.
11:02am ET: Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for most of Eastern Kentucky until 5pm.
9:51am ET: Moderate to heavy rain falling here in Isom. 60 degrees in Whitesburg, but according to WeatherBug, Hazard's temperature dropped to 44.
9:14am ET: Quoting a state official, the Associated Press is reporting that at least 174,000 Kentuckians are without power. Roads in Lawrence County are open only for utility and emergency crews.
6:29am ET on Wednesday: 60,000 Kentuckians are without power. PRAY for those without power. 54 degrees at WXKQ near Whitesburg, 61 in Hazard according to WeatherBug, but 32 at the National Weather Service office in Jackson. Warm air has moved into far SE Kentucky. While the GFS still indicates 2-3 inches of snow, NWS Jackson is stating that due to the warm ground temps, accumulating snow will be unlikely.
10:52pm ET: New forecast for Letcher County indicates snow and sleet accumulation of only one inch with the next batch of moisture tomorrow. This will be my final report for the night. Barring any extremely major developments, storm-blogging will resume tomorrow morning.
9:47pm ET: 8.7% of Kentucky Power's customers are without power due to the winter storm. View the outage map here.
7:56pm: Dry slot over SE Kentucky at this time. NWS Jackson is not going along with TG--they are forecasting up to two inches of snow and sleet with the second wave.
5:45pm: WKYT's TG Shuck is forecasting 3-5 inches of snow for the higher elevations when the second wave of low pressure moves in tomorrow.
3:41pm ET: Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the entire Commonwealth.
3:28pm ET: New forecast discussion has been released by NWS Jackson. The Herald-Leader has more about the storm here.
1:52pm ET: Winter storm warning canceled for areas south of a line from Somerset to Hindman, including Letcher County. All other counties remain under the warning until 7am tomorrow morning.
1:22pm ET: Chris Bailey recently posted his latest thoughts about the storm.
11:40am ET: NWS Jackson has the latest forecast.
11:33am ET: GFS run indicates a potential 4-8 inch snowfall total with the next wave of moisture. Up to 10 inches possible to our north. But is the GFS overstating the totals? We'll see.
10:03am ET: It is all rain here in Isom. It appears the worst weather has moved to the north of us.
8:43am ET: Road conditions continue to improve here in Letcher County according to Kevin. Fog is rolling in.
7:53am ET: Very small icicles on trees and power lines around my house in Isom. Temp is still 33 degrees.
7:38am ET: Radar indicating rain-mix line roughly along Kentucky Route 80 with the mix-snow line roughly along I-64. WXKQ's Kevin Day is reporting that most Letcher County roads are wet with some slick spots.
6:28am ET: The temperature at the studios of WXKQ-FM just outside of Whitesburg is at 33, just above freezing.
5:44am ET on Tuesday: The storm has arrived. Reports of icy, treacherous roads throughout the state, including here in Letcher County, where schools are CLOSED. Power outages are being reported in Western Kentucky. Chris Bailey has more here.
11:20pm ET on Monday: WYMT's Jim Caldwell has some thoughts on the storm here.
10:59pm ET on Monday: The following is from the latest forecast discussion from NWS Jackson:
"THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT FORECAST TO KEEP UP WITH ALL OF THE CHANGES IN PRECIPITATION TYPES DURING THIS WINTER EVENT. HAVING JUST TAKEN A QUICK LOOK AT THE NEW NAM WRF THAT IS COMING IN...IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE SYSTEM IS MOVING A LITTLE FASTER WITH THIS NEW RUN. I DID AN EXTRAPOLATION OF THE LEADING EDGE OF THE PRECIPITATION ECHOS FROM THE RADAR...AND THIS WOULD ALSO AGREE WITH THE EARLIER ONSET TIME. THE INITIAL PRECIPITATION TYPE LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE SOME FREEZING DRIZZLE...THEN MIXING WITH SLEET BEFORE GOING OVER TO SNOW. THERE WILL BE SOME VARIANCE GOING FROM NORTH TO SOUTH...WITH THE NORTHERN AREAS MORE LIKELY TO SEE SNOW. WILL WAIT TO SEE THE NEW GFS BEFORE MAKING ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES...BUT I AM LEANING TOWARD MORE FREEZING RAIN AND LESS SNOW SOUTH OF JACKSON."
Click on the blue words for definitions of those terms. If this scenario plays out, expect power outages. If I do not update throughout the day tomorrow it is due to:
1) Power or computer failure
2) Server problems at Blogger
3) Health or other personal issues
I pray that you have made the necessary preps for the storm. While preparing for this storm is very important, there is something more important to think about during any type of storm. Billy Graham states that:
"[T]here are clouds of suffering for each one of us, but God says, “I come to you in the thick dark cloud of suffering,” By faith you can see His blessed face in the storm. God has His plan and purpose in all suffering."
Our ultimate trust is in the Lord.
7:59pm ET on Monday: The live-blogging of the storm begins. The above image is from the National Weather Service in Jackson. It--and this blog--will be updated with the latest info during the storm. There is a WINTER STORM WARNING that is in effect for Eastern Kentucky beginning at midnight tonight. In addition, due to the potential for heavy rain during the storm, a FLOOD WATCH will be in effect beginning tomorrow morning for parts of the region. Click here to get the latest watches and warnings. Post your thoughts about the storm in the comments section.
Monday, January 26, 2009
National Weather Service: WINTER STORM WARNING begins at midnight for Eastern Kentucky
AP via Lexington Herald-Leader: Water service restored to most in Hazard
Sporting News: Alabama reportedly fires Mark Gottfried
KyPolitics.org: BREAKING: Mongiardo pressured to resign following candidacy announcement
National Weather Service: FLOOD WATCH from Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning (I will begin blogging of the winter storm tonight.)
BBC: Editorial row engulfs Wikipedia
As we get closer to what could be one of the biggest winter storms in years here in Kentucky, here are three links to find out more:
Sunday, January 25, 2009
National Weather Service discussion: WINTER STORM WATCH continues; still a lot of uncertainty
The Atlantic: Why the Bush years weren't so bad
AP via Sporting News: Ramon Harris day-to-day after fainting
National Weather Service: WINTER STORM WATCH Monday night through Wednesday morning for Eastern Kentucky
AP via WKYT: Ramon Harris Released From Hospital, Returning To Lexington
Bristol Herald-Courier: UVa-Wise Enjoying Booming Growth
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Lexington Herald-Leader: BREAKING: UK's Harris collapses, is taken to hospital
Voice of America: Egyptian Negotiators Meeting with Hamas Delegation over Cease-Fire
Computerworld: Microsoft extends Windows 7 beta download deadline
Friday, January 23, 2009
Christian Institute (UK): BBC portrays pro-lifers as murderous terrorists
AP: Suspected US missile strikes kill 18 in Pakistan
Fox News: Music City Voters Defeat “English First” Amendment
Wall Street Journal: First Embryonic Stem-Cell Trial Gets Approval From the FDA
Fox News: Obama to Lift Ban on Overseas Abortion Funding
Wall Street Journal: Churches Oppose President in Bolivia Referendum
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Times of London (UK): Backlash begins as Israel split over success of war in Gaza
AP: `Benjamin Button' leads Oscars with 13 nominations
The Courier-Journal: Ky. auditions give 'Idol' dramatic start
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Christian Science Monitor: The role of religion under Obama
Voice of America: Obama Calls Mideast Leaders About Gaza
Guardian (UK): British Government forced to bail out major Olympic projects
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Fox News: Bush Commutes Sentences for Two Former Border Patrol Agents
Lee Webb: Billy Graham's Grandson to Succeed D. James Kennedy
Business Courier: Reds pick Coke over Pepsi for ’09 season
Fox News: Responsibility is the Theme of Obama's Inauguration Speech, Aides Say
Christian Today (UK): BBC presenter says it’s difficult to speak about God
Carrie Grosvenor: New Director, More Changes on The Price is Right
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Jerusalem Post: PM: We reserve right to renew Gaza op if attacks don't stop
Bloomberg: U.S. Warns Against Eating Products With Peanut Butter
Lexington Herald-Leader: Kenny Perry '08 Ky. Sportsman of the Year
Saturday, January 17, 2009
John Piper: How Barack Obama Will Make Christ a Minister of Condemnation
BBC: Israel 'to announce Gaza truce'
AP via Jerusalem Post: Iraqi police: Christian killed 'execution-style' in Mosul
Voice of America: Israel Pounds Gaza With New Strikes
Bloomberg: Circuit City Starts Going-Out-of-Business Sales at U.S. Stores
PC World: Protecting Against the Rampant Conficker Worm
Friday, January 16, 2009
Ron Jones: Open Letter to President-Elect Obama
Voice of America: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Eloquence Endures
Cornell Basketball Blog: Recruiting News: Former Kentucky Wildcat Trades Blue for Cornell Big Red
Kentucky Weather Center: The Frozen Bluegrass Tundra
Bloomberg: Bank of America Receives $138 Billion of Rescue Funds
AP: Test: Some peanut butter at Ga. plant contaminated
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Fox News: BREAKING: U.S. Airways Plane Crashes in New York City's Hudson River
National Weather Service: Wind Chill Advisory for Eastern Kentucky from 7pm until 9am
eWeek: Google Cuts Recruiters, Video, Notebook, Catalog Search and More
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
AP: BREAKING: 'Fantasy Island' star Ricardo Montalban dies at 88
Daily Telegraph (UK): Osama bin Laden calls for jihad against Israeli forces in Gaza
AP via Fox News: New Illinois House Votes to Impeach Governor
Albert Mohler: The Idol of Our Many Understandings -- Bishop Robinson at Prayer
Kentucky Politics: BIG BUZZ: Tim Couch considering run for public office
Lexington Herald-Leader: Meeks breaks Issel's mark, Cats thump Vols
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Voice of America: Israel Pushes into Gaza City
Bloomberg: Gazprom Resumes Gas Flow Through Ukraine to Europe
Lexington Herald-Leader: UK's Jarmon says he'll return for senior season
Monday, January 12, 2009
It is with deep sadness that I report that my friend, Chad Gilliam, a fellow member of the Whitesburg High School Class of 1998 and a Facebook friend, died at a Marine base in Kuwait while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was 29. The following excerpt is from the Associated Press via Nashville TV station WTVF:
"...The Department of Defense said Tuesday that 29-year-old Lance Cpl. Chadwick A. Gilliam of Mayking, Ky., in Letcher County, died Jan. 3 at a U.S. military base in Kuwait. Gilliam was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C. A statement from the department said the official cause of death is pending the results of the autopsy."
I remember Chad very well. He joked around with me occasionally and he was a very good person to hang out with. PRAY for his family, his friends, and his fellow soldiers during this sad time. PRAY for the entire military as they continue to defend America's freedoms. I will post more information as soon as I get it.
UPDATE on Wednesday at 6:38am: Funeral arrangements are now set for Chad Gilliam. Visitation will be from 6-10pm on Friday at Letcher Funeral Home on Main Street in Whitesburg. Funeral will be Saturday at noon the the funeral home. WYMT in Hazard has more here.
UPDATE on Wednesday at 12:57pm: The Lexington Herald-Leader has posted an AP story which states that Gilliam died of "an apparent cardiac arrest." You can view the story here.
UPDATE on Friday at 8:55am: The day of the funeral has changed. It is now scheduled for Monday at noon at Letcher Funeral Home with visitation on Sunday. Governor Steve Beshear has ordered flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff on Monday in honor of Chad.
UPDATE on Monday at 6:39pm: Chad's funeral took place today in Whitesburg. WYMT has more here.
L.A. Times: Bush OKs Obama's request for $350-billion balance of bailout fund
International Herald Tribune: Israeli public broadly backs the war against Gaza
WVLT (Knoxville): Goody's lays off most of corporate associates, to file for Chapter 7 Tuesday
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I finally have internet access restored after an extra-long outage. Regular blogging will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, it's Open Thread time. Post your thoughts about anything---keep it civil and clean. :)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
NY Times: U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site
Jerusalem Post: Obama won't deal with Hamas
Lexington Herald-Leader: Cats turn back Vanderbilt 70-60
National Weather Service: Freezing Rain Advisory until 10am for Eastern Kentucky
OneNewsNow: Hamas and others seek to 'wipe out' state of Israel
AP: Formals, face lifts, free stuff: It's Globes time
Friday, January 9, 2009
Jerusalem Post: UN passes Gaza cease-fire resolution
Compass Direct: Egyptian wins rare legal victory to convert to Christianity
Kentucky Weather Center: Winter Ready To Rock and Roll
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Fox News: Obama Certified as Next President of the United States
Jerusalem Post: Israel wary of binding UN Security Council resolution
Wall Street Journal: Obama Pushes for Digital-TV Delay
Jerusalem Post: IDF: Israel holds Lebanese gov't responsible for attack on Northern Israel
Christian Post: Group Lists Top Ten Christian Bashing Moments in America
L.A. Times: Florida-Oklahoma won't end the debate
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
National Weather Service: Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 7pm Wednesday until 10am Thursday
TriCities.com: Heavy Rain and High Water Prompts Evacuations In Big Stone Gap
Voice of America: Israel Warns Residents Along Gaza-Egypt Border of Air Strikes
Times of London (UK): Fighting resumes immediately after three-hour Gaza lull
Fox News: Report Raises Questions About Burris' Relationship With Blagojevich
Computerworld: Report: Microsoft to do free Windows 7 upgrades
National Weather Service: Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory until 1:15pm for parts of East Kentucky; Winter Weather Advisory from 7pm tonight until 7am Thursday
Times of London (UK): Israel calls bombing halts to allow Gaza aid convoys
Lexington Herald-Leader: Stumbo elected speaker of the House
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Voice of America: Controversy Arises Over Alleged Hamas-Iran Ties
Chicago Tribune: Roland Burris is turned away at Senate
Bleacher Report: East Kentucky Miners' Kevin Keathley Named CBA Coach Of The Month For December
Times of London (UK): Forty-two killed after Israeli shell hits UN-run school in Gaza
Albert Mohler: The Suburbs -- Hollywood Image and Mission Reality
Washington Post: TV Converter Program Runs Out of Funding
Monday, January 5, 2009
Voice of America: Bush Speaks Out on Gaza Crisis
Wall Street Journal: U.S. First Lady Secures Book Deal With Scribner
USA Today: Consumers who flip on digital TV converters now see more
Bill Kristol: Why Israel Fights
David Brody: Malia and Sasha Head to School: Pictures and Prayers!
AP via Fox News: Arkansas Scientists Developing Breast Cancer 'Vaccine'
Voice of America: Israeli Offensive Against Hamas Militants Continues Into Tenth Day
Wall Street Journal: Funny Business in Minnesota
AP: Frist decides against 2010 Tenn. gubernatorial bid
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Times of London (UK): Israel splits Gaza in three as soldiers battle Hamas
NY Times: Lawmaker in Kentucky Mixes Piety and Politics
Lexington Herald-Leader: Cats must prove they can pass road test
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Last month, I mentioned the retransmission consent conflict between Tri-Cities NBC affiliate WCYB and Hindman, Kentucky-based TVS Cable. The conflict was over a carriage fee in order for TVS Cable, which serves several Eastern Kentucky counties, to continue to carry WCYB. In a message included with the latest billing statement, TVS Cable said the following:
"A 30 day extension through January has been extended for Channel 5 (WCYB) to stay on the system. We will notify you as to whether it will remain on after January."
I hope a long-term agreement is reached. WCYB is a legendary station in the Mountain Empire and Tri-Cities regions and is very dominant in the Nielsen ratings. I will post updates as necessary.
Jerusalem Post: BREAKING: 'Dozens of Hamas gunmen killed in clashes with IDF troops'
Fox News: Media Glare a Blessing or Curse for Obama?
Canadian Press: NHL's Winter Classic American ratings increase 12 per cent
BBC: Bush says Hamas to blame for Gaza
AP: John Travolta's 16-year-old son dies in Bahamas
Lexington Herald-Leader: Jenkins' fumble return lifts UK to Liberty Bowl victory
Friday, January 2, 2009
Times of London (UK): Gaza rockets put Israel’s nuclear plant in battle zone
AP via Lexington Herald-Leader: Purchase of Kentucky Speedway completed
Lexington Herald-Leader: Who'll want the Liberty Bowl more?