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Blue Grass Field meteorologists, 1959

Posted on September 3, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Dix Newton, right, the chief meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau at Blue Grass Field in Lexington, and Art Hall inspected a transmissometer in December 1959. A transmissometer measures ceiling, visibility or visual range day and night through the use of a photoelectric cell and a rotating beam. The photo ran with a story highlighting the weather in Lexington in 1959. The highest temperature that year was 95, and the lowest recorded was 4 below zero. Newton had a five-man staff, working around the clock, making weather observations, advisories and forecasts. Newton came to Lexington from Cleveland as chief of the Blue Grass Field weather office in January 1947. The local bureau had been in existence less than three years at that time. He remained in that role until his death in 1965. Published Jan. 10, 1960, in the Sunday Herald-Leader. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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