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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Matthew Dixon, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 07/20/2021

Kentucky saw another active week with multiple rounds of showers and storms. Just like the previous period, each day featured some amount of rainfall coverage. The highest coverage occurred early in the week and again on Friday/over the weekend with a cold front slowly progressing across the area. Storms were again capable of producing frequent lightning, gusty winds, and torrential rainfall, which in some cases led to localized flooding. The state rainfall average has now run above normal for three straight weeks, which is the first time that has happened in 2021. Over that three-week period, the state has averaged 4.96 inches, which is about 2 inches above normal over that time span. Just to put into perspective, normal rainfall for July in Kentucky is 4.86 inches.

Temperatures for the period averaged 77 degrees across the state which was near normal and no change to the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 85 in the West to 84 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 70 degrees in the West to 68 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 2 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and the extreme low was 64 degrees at LOUISA 1S.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.56 inches statewide which was 0.56 inches above normal and 156% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.62 inches, Central 1.70 inches, Bluegrass 1.85 inches and East 1.09 inches, which was 0.64, 0.68, 0.87 and 0.06 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.08 inches at BARBOURVILLE 3E to a high of 3.40 inches at PADUCAH ASOS.

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