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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 11/19/2019

A slow moving cold front worked through the region on Monday. Precipitation started out as rain, but eventually transitioned to snow that evening and overnight as arctic air pushed into the area. One to two inches of snow was common across much of the state. Otherwise, the most notable highlight was the extreme drop in temperatures. Highs stayed in the 20s for much of Kentucky on Tuesday and then dropped into the teens and single digits that night. The Kentucky Mesonet station in Henderson recorded the lowest temperature of 2 degrees. Following Tuesday, temperatures went on the uphill climb, eventually ending up in the upper 40s to middle 50s on Sunday. Dry conditions prevailed with the rain/snow on Monday being the only precipitation event for the week.

Temperatures for the period averaged 35 degrees across the state which was 13 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 44 in the West to 49 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 16 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 11 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 22 degrees in the West to 25 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 17 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 10 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 69 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 2 degrees at HENDERSON 5E.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.24 inches statewide which was 0.65 inches below normal and 27% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.24 inches, Central 0.26 inches, Bluegrass 0.19 inches and East 0.27 inches, which was 0.82, 0.67, 0.58 and 0.54 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.01 inches at BOWLING GREEN 4E to a high of 0.43 inches at LEBANON 8NW.

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