Stuart Foster State Climatologist Calls 2016 a “Roller Coaster” Year By Stu Johnson (KPR) • Dec 29, 2016 Brian Jackson/123rf Stock Photo The Commonwealth’s state climatologist says predictions for the early part of 2017 indicate higher-than-normal precipitation and temperatures. Drought Could Stress Local Water Supplies By Stu Johnson (KPR) • Nov 14, 2016 NC DC.NOAA.GOV Officials in some Kentucky communities may need to gauge their local water supply levels closely in the weeks ahead. Drought, Warm Temperatures Fueling Kentucky Wildfires By Lisa Autry • Nov 11, 2016 Kentucky Division of Forestry Dry conditions and unseasonably warm temperatures have caused a rash of wildfires across Kentucky. Nearly 30,000 acres of forest and grassland have burned in the eastern half of the state. Feast or Famine for Rainfall in Kentucky By Associated Press • Jun 5, 2012 wikipedia.org Last year was Kentucky’s wettest on record going back to 1895, bringing widespread flooding to some areas last spring.