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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 07/09/2019

The weather this past week followed a repetitive pattern. Each day started with mostly to partly sunny skies, but by late morning to early afternoon, clouds were on the increase. Peak heating brought diurnal rounds of scattered to numerous showers and storms, mainly of the pulse variety and dissipating shortly after sunset. While severe weather was minimal, a moist and very unstable air mass led to torrential downpours, frequent lightning, and occasional gusty winds. Overall, the repetitive pattern led to a state rainfall average of 1.35 inches for the week, over a third of an inch above normal. As an extension to the last week of June, highs remained in the middle 80s to low 90s throughout the week. High dew points pushed peak heat indices into the middle 90s to around 100 at times and kept the livestock heat stress index elevated in the danger category.

Temperatures for the period averaged 79 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 88 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the West to 67 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 96 degrees at PADUCAH ASOS and the extreme low was 64 degrees at MT STERLING AWOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.35 inches statewide which was 0.36 inches above normal and 136% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.41 inches, Central 1.48 inches, Bluegrass 0.67 inches and East 1.83 inches, which was 0.41, 0.49, -0.29 and 0.81 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BURLINGTON 4S to a high of 5.00 inches at SOMERSET.

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