John Belski, WLKY

John Belski


Louisville, KY, United States

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Past articles by John:

ON THIS DAY: 5 years ago, nearly 200 semis stranded after I-65 hammered with snow

Although the snowstorm in early March of 2015 was not a record for Louisville, for areas just to the south, it was the biggest snowstorm ever. → Read More

Belski's Blog - Huge change in the March forecast

Updated March 1.......For the second month in a row, the Climate Prediction Center has made massive changes in the monthly forecast.Going into February, the initial outlook was for below normal temperatures and then that was changed 10 days later to above normal. Louisville finished the month 1.6 degrees above normal.This has been going on all winter. On December 1 the long range weather experts… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Thursday update on rain totals and severe chances

Updated late afternoon, Thursday, January 9.............Here is the latest on the rain and severe chances over the next 2 days.Saturday morning's weather map has a deepening low over NE Arkansas that will move northeast during the day.Although there will be some rain for Friday, the highest chance is Friday night into early Saturday evening. Even that will not be a continuous rain. Depending on… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Is winter getting ready to start?

Updated Thursday, January 9.........In Louisville, we have not had much winter so far. On November 11-12 we had an inch of snow.The high on November 12 was 31.Low low temp on November 13 was 16 degrees. That is the coldest so fa this season.The coldest high temperature for all of December was 38 and the low temp for the month was 21.So far January is averaging 10 degrees above normal. Today is… → Read More

Belski's Blog - 4th warmest winter in Louisville

Updated January 8.............It has been a very mild winter in Louisville. Meteorological winter runs from December 1 to February 29. (It's Leap Year this winter).Since December 1 the average temperature in Louisville has been 44.3 degrees.Comparing that with the top ten warmest winters ever in Louisville.....We are currently tied with 1883 for the 4th warmest winter ever. It is interesting to… → Read More

Belski's Blog - A billion animals killed by the fires in Australia

Updated Tuesday, January 7.........Unprecedented heat and drought in Australia have resulted in the worst fire season ever for that country. So far over 13 million acres have burned in the last several months with the fires continuing to rage out of control in some areas. In 2019 in the U.S., 4.6 million acres burned.The rain that fell yesterday is gone..High temperature forecast for… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Anniversary of a big Louisville snow

Extreme snow in some parts of the U.S. from this storm → Read More

Belski's Blog - Winter Weather Advisory for parts of Kentucky

Updated Monday, January 6 at 3:00 PM......A fast moving weather system will bring some snow to parts of eastern and southeastern Kentucky Tuesday morning. No advisories are in effect for any portion of the WLKY viewing area.In the map above, the Winter Weather Advisory is in purple and includes.......RichmondLibertyStanfordLondonSomersetPrestonsburgHazardPikevilleThis is a relatively minor event… → Read More

Belski's Blog - 10 day rain forecast

Updated Sunday, January 5.........It is nice to see the sun out there today after more than a week of cloudy or mostly cloudy skies. The weather looks quiet for the next few days before another big rain-maker moves into the Ohio Valley...... too warm for snow.Here is the Friday forecast from the Weather Prediction Center.....Widespread rain is expected with severe storms possible in the warm… → Read More

Belski's Blog

I was cleaning out some closets at home and found some extra copies of my weather folklore book.... Backyard Weather Folklore. This was a total surprise to me that there were any left as this has been out of print for a couple of years. Now you can take advantage of this..The book is a weather folklore reference guide with over 1,600 weather folklore sayings and each one is graded for… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Updated 28 day forecast

Updated Friday, January 31........Every day the Climate Prediction Center updates the 6-10 day and the 8-14 day precipitation outlooks.Every Friday the CPC updates the 15 to 28 day outlook.Today is Friday so here is their forecast through the end of the month.==========The next 7 days1 day out of the next 7 is forecast to have below normal temperatures.===========Days 8 to 14TemperaturesHigh… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Some records set in the past week

Updated Friday, January 3......Maybe not so much in the Ohio Valley, but there have been some unusal weather records set this past week.First we start off in Australia where widespread drought and heat have spawned record bush fires that have burned over 12 million acres. These fires in Australia have burned more than 5 times the area of the Amazon fires for all of 2019.On December 17, the… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Updated January forecast

Updated Wednesday, January 1......10 days ago the Climate Prediction Center issued their initial forecast for January.THe forecast was for below normal temperatures across the Great Lakes into New England. The only above normal east of the Rockies was Texas and south Florida.Now here is the new and final January temperature outlook........Wow! Gone is the below normal over the Great Lakes and… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Snow totals this season

For the U.S. → Read More

Belski's Blog - Top 5 weather local weather events of 2019

2019 was a year of limited severe weather, but lots of heat and rain at times.Here are the top 5 local weather events of 2019.=====5) Christmas Day high of 69 degrees. It had never been this warm on Christmas Day in Louisville. Along with the sunshine it was so unusual to see so many people outside on Christmas.=====4) After a record rainy year in 2018, it looked like the same thing might happen… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Comparing this winter with 2014-2015

Updated December 30.........The photo above was taken in February of 2015 after a snowstorm in southern Hardin Co.Going into this winter, one of the analog winters that was being looked at as far as similar wind and ocean patterns was the winter of 2014-2015.After the recent warm spell, I have heard a number of people thinking that's it for the winter. It is not going to be a big deal at all… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Extremes of the decade in weather

As the decade of the 2010's comes to an end, here is a look back at the Louisville area weather extremes from 2010 to 2019.Highest temperature: 106 in 2012Lowest temperature: -6 in 2015Rainiest year: 68.83" in 2018Snowiest winter: 27.6" in 2014-2015Tornadoes: 10 in Jefferson Co. This is the highest total for any decade for Louisville.Highest level on the Ohio River: 35.7 feet in 2018. This was… → Read More

Belski's Blog - January weather outlook

Updated December 19......The Climate Prediction Center has issued their initial January weather outlook. This will be updated and revised on December 31.For temperatures......The north central and northeast U.S. are forecast to have below normal temperatures. Most of the Ohio Valley is in the equal chances for above normal, below normal or normal. One thing to note is that the closest current… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Cold blast for the 11th and 12th

Updated Friday afternoon, December 6........7 of the last 12 days in Louisville have had above normal temperatures and that trend will continue into Monday with with highs in the 50's.On Monday a cold front will move through setting the stage for cold weather into mid-week.The Tuesday morning weather map from the Weather Prediction Center has rain ending with a chance for light snow in… → Read More

Belski's Blog - Final winter forecast from WeatherBell

Now that we are into meteorological winter we have been reviewing the final winter forecasts.This last one is from WeatherBELL. They consistently have the most accurate winter outlook of the private weather companies.Are they always correct? No, but they are almost always correct.Are they more accurate than the Climate Prediction Center? YesAre they more accurate than The Weather Channel?… → Read More