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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 07/14/2020

This past week featured a 'rinse and repeat' pattern. Weather conditions were essentially the same between Monday and Thursday. Highs jumped into the upper 80s to middle 90s with humid conditions in place. Isolated to scattered storms formed each day during the heat of the afternoon hours and dissipated later in the evening and overnight. Once again, any storm that developed was capable of producing very heavy rainfall and flash flooding. The pattern changed a bit Friday and into the weekend as a couple cold fronts worked through Kentucky. The state saw several rounds of rainfall, some with widespread coverage in place. Overall, the state averaged a little over an inch for the week. This now makes the third straight week that the state rainfall average has ran above normal. Over those 21 days, data at the Ag Weather Center shows the state has averaged 4.45 inches, which is about 1.5 inches above normal.

Temperatures for the period averaged 78 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 89 in the West to 86 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from near normal in the West to 1 degree cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 70 degrees in the West to 66 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 95 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 61 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.12 inches statewide which was 0.13 inches above normal and 113% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.24 inches, Central 1.21 inches, Bluegrass 1.27 inches and East 0.77 inches, which was 0.26, 0.21, 0.30 and -0.23 inches respectively from normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS to a high of 4.05 inches at HARRODSBURG 3N.

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