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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Matthew Dixon, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 05/04/2021

Unlike the previous couple weeks, temperatures ran near to above normal for much of the period with highs peaking in the 70s about every day. Even reaching the low to middle 80s statewide on Tuesday. The one exception came Friday night when the eastern third of the state saw lows dip well into the 30s, opening the possibility of some patchy frost in valley and sheltered locations. Looking at precipitation, an active pattern setup across Kentucky on Wednesday and Thursday with multiple bouts of moderate to heavy rainfall. The highest totals were seen across Western Kentucky and locations to the northeast along the Ohio River. Following a couple near perfect days for the running of the Oaks and Derby, light rain started to return to the area on Sunday. Overall, total accumulations decreased from west to east for the week. While Western Kentucky averaged 1.60 inches, Eastern Kentucky ran below normal at 0.65 inches.

Temperatures for the period averaged 64 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees warmer than normal and 14 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 76 in the West to 76 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 56 degrees in the West to 51 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at BIG SANDY and the extreme low was 31 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.13 inches statewide which was 0.06 inches above normal and 106% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.60 inches, Central 1.14 inches, Bluegrass 1.12 inches and East 0.65 inches, which was 0.39, 0.05, 0.14 and -0.34 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.15 inches at MIDDLESBORO AWOS to a high of 4.37 inches at LEITCHFIELD 3W.

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