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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Matthew Dixon, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 04/06/2021

Well below normal temperatures were the big story for the week with multiple nights below the freezing mark. The week opened with frosty conditions in place on Monday morning as lows dipped into the upper 20s to low 30s. Following a brief warmup on Tuesday, a cold front pushed through the area on Tuesday night, accompanied by a round of widespread rain showers. Overall, this was the only significant rainfall event for the week with the state average at 0.90 inches. Much cooler air filtered into the area behind the boundary with three straight nights of subfreezing temperatures for much of the area. The most significant cold air arrived Thursday night/Friday morning when lows dropped into the low to middle 20s for much of Kentucky. This is about 15 to 20 degrees below normal for this time of year. Luckily, the Commonwealth saw a warming trend over the weekend, eventually back in the upper 60s to middle 70s on Sunday with plenty of sunshine.

Temperatures for the period averaged 47 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 12 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 62 in the West to 59 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the West to 33 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 78 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 19 degrees at PIKEVILLE 13S.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.90 inches statewide which was 0.11 inches below normal and 89% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.04 inches, Central 1.10 inches, Bluegrass 0.83 inches and East 0.62 inches, which was -0.06, 0.04, -0.08 and -0.34 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS to a high of 2.31 inches at MURRAY 1W.

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