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John Gordon from NWS Louisville and Dr. Stu Foster from the Kentucky Mesonet spoke at the KCJEA (Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association) Annual Winter Conference at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington, KY this afternoon.  Both spoke about how valuable the Kentucky Mesonet is to the state of Kentucky.  In particular, the Kentucky Mesonet provides valuable observations that help NWS Louisville forecasters in many ways.  For example, the data goes into weather models which help forecasters determine the 7-day forecast.  Also this dense network of observations of near real-time data is monitored and analyzed closely during periods of inclement weather and aides in warning decisions.  The Kentucky Mesonet plays a key role in forecasting weather and weather hazards for the citizens of Kentucky.