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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 06/30/2020

Exceptional rainfall fell across the Bluegrass State over this past week as the state averaged 2.25 inches. This broke a four week stretch of below normal rainfall. While the state saw numerous rounds of showers and storms through the period, the most intense activity occurred over the weekend. Several waves of storms pushed through Kentucky and as the state sat within a very moist air mass, torrential rainfall was common. One of these waves led to substantial flooding across portions of West Central Kentucky on Sunday. The three highest accumulations according to the Kentucky Mesonet on Sunday came from Ohio, Muhlenberg, and McLean Counties with totals of 4 to 6+ inches. This wave carried southeast into South Central Kentucky with numerous stations over two inches for the day.

Temperatures for the period averaged 74 degrees across the state which was 1 degree cooler than normal and 4 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 85 in the West to 81 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 67 degrees in the West to 64 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 94 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 55 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.25 inches statewide which was 1.25 inches above normal and 226% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 2.35 inches, Central 2.99 inches, Bluegrass 1.79 inches and East 1.86 inches, which was 1.36, 2.01, 0.81 and 0.83 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 7.48 inches at CALHOUN 5NW.

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