The Kentucky Climate Center is 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.
The Kentucky Climate Center provides climate services, conducts climate research, and engages students in projects that build upon classroom learning, helping to prepare them for the workforce or pursuit of advanced degrees.
Under its umbrella, the Kentucky Climate Center is home to the State Climate Office of Kentucky, the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU, and the Climate Research Lab.
The Kentucky Climate Center is created through a memorandum of agreement among Western Kentucky University, the National Weather Service, and the National Climatic Data Center (now known as the National Centers for Environmental Information). The agreement re-established the position of State Climatologist for Kentucky that had been a federal position until 1973.
The Kentucky Climate Center becomes a founding member of the Applied Research and Technology Program of Distinction (ARTP) in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering at Western Kentucky University.
The Kentucky Climate Center is recognized as the State Climate Office of Kentucky by the American Association of State Climatologists as part of the National Climate Services Partnership.
The Kentucky Climate Center receives funding through the National Weather Service to begin develop of the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU.