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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 07/28/2020

Kentucky saw a typical summer-time weather pattern throughout the week with a warm, moist, and unstable air mass in place. Heat was accompanied by daily rounds of storms during the heat of the afternoon. Rain coverage was a bit more pronounced this period. In doing so, other some isolated spots, most of Kentucky saw at least a half inch. The state average 1.25 inches for the week, slightly above normal for this time of year. Just like recent weeks, if caught under a storm, 1 to 2+ inches was common. Looking at data from the Ag Weather Center over the past 30 days, rainfall has been plentiful for most of Kentucky over that period. The state has averaged 5.46 inches, higher accumulations across Western and Central Kentucky (averages of 7.11 and 6.61, respectively) and lower across Eastern Kentucky (4.01 inches). Some localized areas have been much drier compared to the surrounding area. This includes portions of SE/NE Kentucky and the southern Bluegrass, which are roughly 1 to 2 inches below normal over the past 30 days.

Temperatures for the period averaged 79 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 90 in the West to 88 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 1 degree warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 71 degrees in the West to 69 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 4 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 5 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 97 degrees at PEABODY and the extreme low was 64 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.25 inches statewide which was 0.29 inches above normal and 131% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.33 inches, Central 1.40 inches, Bluegrass 1.08 inches and East 1.19 inches, which was 0.42, 0.43, 0.13 and 0.19 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.02 inches at LEXINGTON 7S to a high of 4.16 inches at BOWLING GREEN 5S.


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