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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 11/05/2019

After a record breaking dry September, the Bluegrass State has seen exceptionally wet conditions throughout October. That was no different for end of the month as a frontal boundary interacted with multiple disturbances to spark a couple rounds of widespread showers this past Wednesday and Thursday. Overall, the state averaged 1.73 inches, marking the third week out of the past four that the state has averaged over an inch. A large swath of area running from South Central Kentucky to the Northern Bluegrass received between 2 and 3 inches. Preliminary data suggests this month will place in the top 5 wettest October's on record. Following the passage of the cold front on Thursday, an unseasonably cold air mass settled into the area. The growing season essentially ended this past weekend with three straight days of below freezing temperatures. Most saw lows drop into the middle 20s to around 30.

Temperatures for the period averaged 48 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 55 in the West to 62 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 11 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 38 degrees in the West to 39 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 22 degrees at HARTFORD 3E.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.73 inches statewide which was 0.96 inches above normal and 225% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.50 inches, Central 2.25 inches, Bluegrass 1.95 inches and East 1.20 inches, which was 0.64, 1.45, 1.24 and 0.49 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.61 inches at WHITESBURG 2NW to a high of 3.87 inches at MUNFORDVILLE 6E.

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