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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 08/11/2020

Above normal rainfall has been the trend the past couple weeks, but that came to a halt over the first full week of August. Other than portions of Central Kentucky, rainfall was lacking for most of the state. Kentucky averaged about a quarter inch for the period, most of which coming over the first half of the week with the passage of a weak cold front. Coverage was lacking, staying isolated to scattered in nature. Behind the frontal passage, Kentucky saw a break in the heat and humidity with fall-like conditions in place. High temperatures only rose into the middle 70s to around 80 on Tuesday and Wednesday. This was accompanied by some unseasonably cool nights with some seeing lows in the mid to upper 50s. These temperatures are more typical of mid to late September in Kentucky. Saying that, the break did not last long as heat returned for the weekend, along with isolated to scattered storms across the western half of the state on Sunday.

Temperatures for the period averaged 72 degrees across the state which was 4 degrees cooler than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 83 in the West to 84 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 5 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 2 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 63 degrees in the West to 63 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 92 degrees at KOOMER RIDGE and the extreme low was 53 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.26 inches statewide which was 0.67 inches below normal and 28% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.40 inches, Central 0.37 inches, Bluegrass 0.11 inches and East 0.15 inches, which was 0.49, 0.53, 0.79 and 0.86 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at ALBANY 1N to a high of 2.71 inches at EVANSVILLE ASOS.

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