Evansville, Indiana Experiences Record Low Barometric Pressure
Today on the morning show, Chad and I chatted with Ron Rhodes from Eyewitness News 14 about this interesting weather we've had the past several days. Gloomy clouds, lots of rain, some sleet, and really strong winds have had me damp and shivering.
Accompanying this system has been a drop in the barometric pressure which has had many friends of mine on the struggle bus. Do you suffer from migraines or arthritis that has been especially awful? Maybe you have an old injury that has caused you more pain lately than normal. I bet you have been able to FEEL the pressure change even though you can't see it.
Record Low Barometric Pressure in Evansville, Indiana
The National Weather Service announced that yesterday Evansville, IN set a record for the lowest pressure in known history beating the former record from January 1975. Yesterday, the measurement was 985.7 MB or 29.11." It would only make sense that folks in and around the Owensboro area would also feel the effects of this drop as well. Meteorologist, Jeff Lyons shared this chart.
Folks in the comments were talking about headache flare-ups and one person said they wished the pressure could be forecasted like other aspects of the weather that way they could prepare for the inevitable creaky joints they always get. Some were even sharing that they have felt extra tired in correlation as well.
How the Weather Causes Headaches
The ideal pressure for the human body is 30" to give reference. The University of Nebraska states that,
"The most common weather-related trigger is rapid changes in barometric pressure with storms. Barometric pressure, or the weight of the air, falls when the weather is humid and rises when it’s dry. When the barometric pressure changes, it can create pressure between the sinuses resulting in a chemical imbalance and headache. A shift in weather can worsen an existing headache or migraine.
For some, weather changes or weather-related triggers can also cause an imbalance in brain chemicals, such as serotonin, prompting a migraine. Other weather-related triggers include dry air, high humidity, wind, and sun glare. Bright sunlight or cloudy days and extreme temperatures can also be triggers."
Barometric Pressure Record Low in Kentucky
According to weather.gov, Kentucky's lowest measurement was "28.82” on January 25, 1978 at 9:20pm. The only other times Lexington’s barometer fell below 29” were on February 28, 1902 and March 3, 2023 when it bottomed out at 28.93” on both dates."