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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Matthew Dixon, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 06/08/2021

Following a drier month of May, the Bluegrass State saw quite the active pattern for the start of June. The brunt of the activity fell between Tuesday night and Thursday. Just about everyone across the state saw significant widespread rainfall. A large portion of Western Kentucky saw 2+ inches. Totals decreased to the east with most in the 0.5 to 1.5 inch range. Some strong to severe storms accompanied the activity on Thursday, producing gusty winds and moderate to heavy rainfall. During this time frame, temperatures ran below normal, not seeing an increase until Friday and Saturday. Highs on Saturday reached into the middle to upper 80s under partly to mostly sunny skies. The week then closed with scattered precipitation in place on Sunday. Overall, Western Kentucky averaged 2.46 inches for the week. Those numbers decreased quite drastically to the east with Eastern Kentucky only averaging 1 inch.

Temperatures for the period averaged 68 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees cooler than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 78 in the West to 78 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 3 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 60 degrees in the West to 58 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 89 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the extreme low was 41 degrees at CARLISLE 5SW.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.65 inches statewide which was 0.55 inches above normal and 151% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.46 inches, Central 2.00 inches, Bluegrass 1.13 inches and East 1.00 inches, which was 1.39, 0.88, 0.04 and -0.10 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.24 inches at PIKEVILLE 13S to a high of 3.79 inches at CADIZ 4SW.

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