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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, University of Kentucky Ag Weather Center - 10/10/2018

Unseasonably warm and dry for much of the Bluegrass State over the past 7 days. Showers and thunderstorms were mostly scattered at the start and midpoint of the workweek. Then summer-like conditions provided very warm and muggy weather with only isolated showers and thunderstorms for the remainder of the workweek and weekend. Western Kentucky missed out on much of the rainfall and averaged less than a tenth of an inch, while the rest of the state was around a half. Temperature-wise, highs jumped into the upper 80s to low 90s at times across the state. Normal high temperatures for the first week of October are in the low to middle 70s. Kentucky has now seen six straight weeks of above normal temperatures.

Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was 14 degrees warmer than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 84 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 12 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 67 degrees in the West to 65 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 16 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 18 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at GREENVILLE 6N and the extreme low was 54 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.47 inches statewide which was 0.33 inches below normal and 59% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.09 inches, Central 0.48 inches, Bluegrass 0.65 inches and East 0.65 inches, which was 0.73, 0.36, 0.09 and 0.14 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E to a high of 3.88 inches at LEXINGTON APT.

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