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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Matthew Dixon, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 06/22/2022

Kentucky saw the first sweltering heat wave of the summer over the course of the workweek. The heat was most oppressive early in the week with highs jumping into the mid to upper 90s. Combined with dew points in the middle 70s to around 80, heat indices peaked in the 105 to 115 range. The livestock heat stress index rose into the emergency category each day and unfortunately, there was little room for recovery at night. The only rain fell on Friday with some strong storms passing through the region, capable of producing heavy rain and damaging winds. Unfortunately, significant accumulations were hit or miss. While some topped three quarters of an inch, others saw nothing. The lack of rain is becoming an issue with most of the state running 1 to 2 inches below normal over the past two weeks. Combined with extreme heat and high evapotranspiration rates, stream flows are running below normal and shallow soil moisture is diminishing.

Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 90 in the West to 87 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the West to 67 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 7 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 98 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 44 degrees at VANCEBURG 6W.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.27 inches statewide which was 0.73 inches below normal and 27% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.38 inches, Central 0.12 inches, Bluegrass 0.29 inches and East 0.28 inches, which was 0.59, 0.88, 0.73 and 0.74 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BOONEVILLE 2S to a high of 1.74 inches at MARION 4NE.

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