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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 06/12/2018

Through the first half of the work week, Kentucky saw dry, cooler, and noticeably less humid conditions, resulting in quite the difference compared to past weeks. Saying that, it turned into a rather short-lived break as heat and humidity returned over the second half. Highs on Friday peaked in the upper 80s to low 90s statewide, warmest temperatures across Western and Central Kentucky. This helped push the state to a sixth straight week of temperatures averaging above normal. While mostly dry conditions continued through Friday, an unstable atmosphere led to scattered to numerous showers and storms over the weekend. The highest coverage was seen on Sunday as multiple storm complexes progressed through Kentucky. Just like previous weeks, heavy rainfall, lightning, and occasional gusty winds continued to be the main hazards. Much of the rainfall on Sunday evening occurred after the data cut-off for this period and will be reflected in the report next week.

Temperatures for the period averaged 73 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 83 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 64 degrees in the West to 58 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 49 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.21 inches statewide which was 0.86 inches below normal and 20% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.26 inches, Central 0.12 inches, Bluegrass 0.23 inches and East 0.23 inches, which was 0.76, 0.96, 0.86 and 0.85 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 1.25 inches at HENDERSON 5E.

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