10 Facts All Kentuckians Can Relate To When It Comes To Bipolar Weather

10 Facts All Kentuckians Can Relate To When It Comes To Bipolar Weather

Some of y'all have never experienced all the seasons in one single day and it shows.

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As someone who has grown up in Kentucky all of my life, I know all too well how messed up our weather can get. No matter how long you live here, the weather changes will ALWAYS confuse you. While the high-temperature count is probably because of global warming, part of you will always blame it on Kentucky. From summer temperatures in January to snow on Derby to all the seasons in a single day, you can never count on the weatherman to be right here in the bluegrass state. If you've lived here for quite some time, you'll know that all of these facts are true when it comes to our Kentucky weather.

1. You'll be freezing cold in the morning, but will be sweating bullets by 3 p.m.

Experiencing all the seasons in a single day? Yeah, we weren't kidding.

2. You can never plan for the weather days in advance

The forecast is bound to change at least 20 times before then.

3. Snow in May is honestly always a possibility

snow in spring

Believe it or not, snow has made its appearance on Derby before.

4. The humidity is ALWAYS too much

If there just wasn't any humidity, sitting out by the pool would be sooooo much more enjoyable! Prayers for everyone's hair on high humidity days.

5. Snowing one day and 70 degrees the next? Sounds about right!

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Sometimes Mother Nature just wants to make sure we're paying attention.

6. Your sinuses will forever and always be messed up

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Allergies exist in the winter, only in Kentucky.

7. Your skin can't figure out if it should be super dry or not

With so many temperature changes, I think my skin has HAD IT with all of the lotion you keep applying.

8. When it rains, it pours...all day long

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Torrential downpours all day long? You bet!

9. And sometimes, it just totally disregards the weatherman entirely

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Wearing rain boots all for there to be no rain? Sounds like a Kentucky thing to do!

10. Consistent weather patterns in other states always throw you for a loop

Wait...you all don't have drastic weather changes overnight? This is new.

If you're not one to like consistency, the bluegrass state will have your back. Consistent and predictable weather patterns are a foreign concept to most Kentuckians. Despite the odd weather, there are so many more things to love about our beautiful state. Odd weather will still bring around the same beautiful Kentucky sunsets and sunrises that make my home state the prettiest one out there. Even though it can be a pain to wear 15 layers one day and shorts the next, most Kentuckians would agree that we wouldn't change a thing about our beautiful home.

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The Locavore Movement

Why we need to support a sustainable environment
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In communities, citizens demand fresh and seasonal crops- rather than shipped food from non-local businesses. Through these local transactions, the well-being of the farmers, the customers, and their environment will be positively influenced. The locavore movement supports a healthier generation while promoting a strong and sustainable environment and economy in the local community.

In a localized economy, producers will efficiently allocate their resources to the consumer demand of their farming market. With local markets, the community’s economy will boost and in effect, create jobs and create affordable prices to consumers. In Jennifer Maiser’s Weblog, she reports a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, “a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy” (Maiser). Therefore, local purchases are more beneficial than non-locally owned business purchases because the money is circulated into their economy. By cycling money in a local economy, “it would allow farmers to make a decent living while giving consumers access to healthy, fresh food at affordable prices” (Roberts). The externalities of having a local economy will provide income to local producers -as well as encourage employment- and meet consumer demand: taste and preferences. Ultimately, the localvore movement will sustain a healthy relationship between producers and consumers in a local community; money will be generated through transactions that secure the farmer’s revenue and their ability to provide food that their customers demand.

Individuals that hold fresh and nutritious foods of high value will inherently and naturally be in favor of the locavore movement. With produce from nearby farms, opportunities for people to physically handle and manage the food are minimal; this immediately adds to the draw of a “farm-to-table” journey for the produce. There are no gimmicks or hidden tricks to exaggerate the taste of a product, as the food gets picked from the farm, sits on a shelf or table at a market and ends on a plate as part of a healthy and fresh meal in a seamless and natural progression. Jennifer Maiser writes that “produce that you purchase at your local farmer’s market has often been picked within 24 hours of your purchase. This freshness not only affects the taste of your food, but the nutritional value which declines with time” (Source A). Individuals concerned with the nutritious value and overall quality of their food will support this locavore movement for its focus on health in foods and the peace of mind in knowing their food was grown naturally and organically on farms, not manufactured in factories. Alisa Smith and JB MacKinnon write that “food begins to lose nutrition as soon as it is harvested. Fruit and vegetables that travel shorter distances are therefore likely to be closer to a maximum of nutrition” (Source B). If one eats produce bought at a farmer’s market, which is likely right off the vine as Jennifer Maiser stated above, the individual is consuming nearly maximum nutrition that that food has to offer. With a growing number of people looking harder at the nutritional value of what they put into their bodies and consciously caring more about the quality of their food, the locavore movement is gaining momentum for the its emphasis on fresh, natural and locally-grown produce that is picked and subsequently eaten within a small amount of time.

The locavore movement benefits the environment through the ultimate limitation of greenhouse gases and other forms of pollution being released into the air. The “farm-to-table” process highlights that eating local is better for air quality and pollution rather than eating organic food. Web Blogger Jennifer Maiser states “In a March 2005 study by the journal Food Policy, it was found that the miles that organic food often travels to our plate creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying organic” (Source A). The benefit of eating food that is grown and produced locally is that there is a very minimal time buffer between when the food is harvested to when it is served on a plate. Organic food travels many more miles, in which the trucks that carry these foods expose harmful emission into the air. In a chart that explained the total greenhouse gas emissions by supply chain tier associated with household food consumed in the US, Source D concluded that locally grown chicken, fish, and eggs have more a positive impact on the climate than dairy products and red meat. A more health-conscious generation will support the locavore movement without hesitation due to the less harmful effects on the environment as opposed to organic foods.

In conclusion, the locavore movement will secure a sustainable economy and environment in local communities that aims to create a healthier generation. The benefits of the movement overpower alternative sources of food, whereas foods like organically grown fruits and vegetables or produce imported from faraway lands detract from strides in limiting humans’ impact on the environment and diminish the health and nutritious value that lies in freshly picked produce. To oppose the locavore movement would be to promote excess handling of food before arriving at the market, support the emissions of greenhouse gases that strangle and throttle the planet Earth and the biodiverse species that call it home and divert necessary funds away from local farmers, the true backbone of the American economy.
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Dear Mother Nature, We're Cold And Ready For Spring!

Where is spring and all the fun, warm weather activities it has to offer?

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It begins to set at the same time of year, around the end of February, the overall frustration with the post-January, pre-spring winter blues. Mornings are dark and cold, nighttime starts at 4 p.m., and the motivation to do anything is just nonexistent. Which brings up the question of where is spring and all the fun, warm weather activities it has to offer?

Come December, the holiday season brings out the love of winter the strongest, everyone is merry, spending time with loved ones, ice skating, drinking hot cocoa, cuddling up to watch movies, and just overall taking advantage of the cold weather. However, the weeks following New Years is when the mood starts to change and happiness begins to plummet people seem to fall into a post-holiday funk and the cold weather sure as hell doesn't help. It seems like the month of January is centuries long, I don't know if it's because it has 31 days or if the cold weather somehow stretches out the month, but making it through January is an accomplishment in itself. January is basically Winter in its own, so when it ends, people are more than ready to shake off the snow and get into some warmer days.

Then, February second rolls around and people are eagerly scoping the news to watch a groundhog predict our fate as they anxiously hope for him to not see his shadow and an early spring arrives at last. At least that is what happened this year. It seems that year after year the groundhog sees his shadow, gets scared, sprints back into his hole and we are left with six more weeks of winter, but this year told a different tale. The groundhog saw his shadow and ultimately it was predicted for an early spring. This prediction alone has sparked warm weather anticipation epically. People went straight to online shopping for bathing suits and shorts, rather than sweaters and boots.

Now, it may just be Virginia's wishy-washy weather but I somehow believe mother nature is playing tricks on us. One day will be 65, the next will snow, the next will rain and be 42, and the next will be 75. I even think the early spring prediction made Valentine's day for singles a little more bearable, because the 15th, the day after Valentine's day, was sunny and in the 60s. So mother nature, when is the inconsistency going to stop?

I think I speak for most when I say that we are ready for some spring weather. Ready for no jackets, shorts, getting in your car without having to clear it off first, longer days, flowers in bloom, and baby animals running around. Not to mention actually enjoying walking places in the warm spring breeze, rather than speed walking bundled up in 5 layers with a wind-chill that chaps up your face. It's something about warm weather that just makes people nicer, and overall puts us in better moods. Even on my most stressful day, if I walk outside and its anywhere above 60 and sunny, I automatically feel at ease.

I am not asking to fast forward to summer I am just ready for some mood enhancing, sunny, spring weather to make its way on over and terminate the winter blues.

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