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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 05/19/2020

The weather pattern flipped this week, starting the period with below normal temperatures in place and ending more like summer. The period opened with northwest flow limiting highs to the upper 40s to middle 50s for portions of the state. Frost was again an issue Monday night across Eastern Kentucky as lows dropped into the middle 30s. Cooler weather stuck around midweek along with a return of widespread light showers across the region. Total accumulations were higher across Western Kentucky with some exceeding an inch, but decreased significantly farther east. After the rain moved out, southerly flow ushered much warmer air into the Ohio Valley for the second half of the week. Highs consistently rose into the upper 70s to middle 80s from Thursday onward, even turning a bit muggy over the weekend. A more active pattern accompanied the warmer temperatures on Friday and stuck around through the end of the period. Multiple rounds of showers and storms traversed the state, mostly across the northern half with a front stalled across the region. While the state averaged 0.73 inches for the week, accumulations were much higher across Western Kentucky and North Central Kentucky where many saw 1 to 2+ inches. Those totals dropped dramatically to the east as Eastern Kentucky only averaged 0.26 inches for the week.

Temperatures for the period averaged 62 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and 8 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 71 in the West to 71 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 6 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 5 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 55 degrees in the West to 50 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 87 degrees at BIG SANDY and the extreme low was 32 degrees at CARLISLE 5SW.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.73 inches statewide which was 0.4 inches below normal and 64% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.36 inches, Central 0.63 inches, Bluegrass 0.67 inches and East 0.26 inches, which was 0.18, -0.56, -0.40 and -0.83 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.03 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 2.81 inches at POPLAR BLUFF ASOS.


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