About Us
The Kentucky Climate Center is a participant in the National Climate Services Partnership and is the American Association of State Climatologists Recognized State Climate Office (ARSCO) for Kentucky.
We are located in the Department of Geography and Geology on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Our main office is in Room 340 of the Environmental Sciences and Technology Building shown on the campus map.

History
The Kentucky Climate Center was created in 1978 under a memorandum of agreement among Western Kentucky University, the National Weather Service, and the National Climatic Data Center. The agreement re-established the position of State Climatologist for Kentucky that had been a federal position until 1973.

In 1998, the Kentucky Climate Center became a founding member of the Applied Research and Technology Program of Distinction (ARTP) in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering.

In 2002, the Kentucky Climate Center was recognized as the State Climate Office for Kentucky by the American Association of State Climatologists as part of the National Climate Services Partnership.

Organization
The Kentucky Climate Center includes the Office of the State Climatologist, the Kentucky Mesonet, and the Climate Research Laboratory.  These collectively provide a range of service, research, education, and outreach functions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
 
Purpose
The Kentucky Climate Center strives to:

Conduct research and disseminate information of climatic variability and change, influences of the natural environment upon human activity, and impacts of human activity upon the natural environment.

Promote understanding and appreciation of the natural environment and its importance to society.

Work with the public and private sectors to promote sustainable development.