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Well Above Normal Temps and Below Normal Rainfall
By: Tom Priddy, University of Kentucky Ag Weather - 05/15/2018

It might be a month early, but it felt more like summer for much of the period. Temperatures and humidity gradually increased throughout the week. The Bluegrass State started with highs in the upper 60s to middle 70s on Monday and ended with middle 80s to low 90s on Sunday.

The livestock heat stress index even increased into the danger category for short time periods late in the week during the afternoon and early evening hours. The summerlike conditions led to the first time since late February/early March that the Commonwealth had consecutive weeks of above normal temperatures. Other than some occasional isolated showers and storms through the workweek, Kentucky was dry for the majority of the period. In fact, the state was almost an inch below normal for the week.

Temperatures for the period averaged 71 degrees across the state which was 8 degrees warmer than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 84 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 8 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 60 degrees in the West to 58 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperatures ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 91 degrees at MAYFIELD 6SW and the extreme low was 43 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.15 inches statewide which was 0.95 inches below normal and 14% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.10 inches, Central 0.22 inches, Bluegrass 0.11 inches and East 0.17 inches, which was 1.06, 0.94, 0.91 and 0.89 inches below normal.

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