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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 06/02/2020

The closing week of May consisted of a summer-like pattern for Kentucky. The work week saw daily rounds of showers and storms, most of which isolated to scattered in nature. The one exception came Wednesday when much of West Central and Central Kentucky saw a round of widespread showers. Overall for the week, the state averaged 0.66 inches. Averages were higher for the western half of the state with help from the Wednesday event, closer to an inch. Those numbers dipped to well under a half inch for the eastern half. Warm temperatures accompanied the active pattern, peaking earlier in the week on Memorial Day when highs jumped into the middle 80s to low 90s. A big change then occurred late in the week following the passage of a cold front on Friday. Much cooler and dry conditions arrived for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday both featured sunny skies, lower humidity, and high temperatures in the 70s/low 80s.

Temperatures for the period averaged 71 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 80 in the West to 80 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 63 degrees in the West to 61 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 7 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at OWENSBORO AWSS and the extreme low was 47 degrees at OWINGSVILLE 4S.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.66 inches statewide which was 0.46 inches below normal and 59% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.99 inches, Central 0.92 inches, Bluegrass 0.32 inches and East 0.41 inches, which was 0.11, 0.24, 0.77 and 0.71 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.07 inches at HINDMAN 5N to a high of 3.46 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS.


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