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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 08/13/2019

As summer heat continues, attention over recent weeks has turned toward increasingly dry conditions for some areas of the state. A couple frontal boundaries moved through the Lower Ohio Valley this past week, sparking isolated to scattered storms. Rainfall accumulations were limited to mainly two areas of the state: Western/West Central Kentucky and the Northern Bluegrass/Northeastern Kentucky. Between the two (North Central Kentucky extending into Southeastern Kentucky), very little, if any rainfall was seen. Overall, this pushed the state to a second straight week of below normal rainfall. In addition, the US Drought Monitor introduced a large area of 'Abnormally Dry Conditions' for North Central Kentucky, which has missed most of the rainfall over the past couple weeks.

Temperatures for the period averaged 76 degrees across the state which was near normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 87 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 67 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree 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 LOUISVILLE APT and the extreme low was 53 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.33 inches statewide which was 0.58 inches below normal and 36% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.48 inches, Central 0.25 inches, Bluegrass 0.32 inches and East 0.25 inches, which was 0.4, 0.64, 0.57 and 0.75 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E to a high of 1.60 inches at MOREHEAD 4NE.

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