McLean County, KY Weather And Climate Synopsis


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Updated Thursday Evening, January 17, 2019

......Heavy Rain and Flooding Saturday...Sharply Colder Saturday Night with Winter Mix and then Snow...
.........Bitter Cold Sunday thru Monday Morning with BRRR Wind Chills....

Light showers will push off to the east this evening and overnight, leading to dry conditions for the end of the work week. Kentucky will see similar temperatures tomorrow with highs low to middle 40s.

A much stronger system will bring more substantial rain, heavy at times, Friday night into Saturday. Widespread rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are expected and could lead to localized flooding on creeks, streams, and low-lying areas, along with rises on some rivers.

A changeover to snow is expected from the northwest Saturday afternoon and evening as much colder arctic air arrives behind a strong cold front. Gusty northwest winds will result in wind chill readings in the single digits by late Saturday night and Sunday morning. Some snow accumulation is possible Sunday.

Temperatures plummet 20 to 30 degrees Saturday night and bitter cold temperatures continue into Monday morning. Livestock Cold Stress will plunge into the Emergency Category during this period.Wind chills Sunday will only be from 5-15, and from 3 below to 5 above zero early Monday morning.

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Regional Hourly Observations For MCLEAN County, Kentucky
Issued at 800 PM EST THU JAN 17 2019
WESTERN AND SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY
  
CITY           SKY/WX    TMP DP  RH WIND       PRES   REMARKS
PADUCAH        CLOUDY    46  41  82 NW7       30.07R                  
HENDERSON      CLOUDY    45  43  93 NW6       30.08R                  
OWENSBORO      CLOUDY    44  42  93 W6        30.06R                  
HOPKINSVILLE   CLOUDY    46  46 100 NW6       30.05R FOG              
BOWLING GREEN  CLOUDY    47  45  93 SW5       30.06S FOG              
GLASGOW        RAIN      44  43  97 SW3       30.05R                  

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Current Agriculture, Lawn & Garden Weather Conditions in Kentucky
Based on observations at 800pm EST, Thursday January 17, 2019

Across Kentucky...temperatures are near 46 degrees west, near 43 degrees central, and near 39 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, cloudy central, and light rain east. In the west, relative humidity is near 82%, and the dew point is near 41 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 89%, and the dew point is near 40 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 100%, and the dew point is near 39 degrees. Current drying conditions are poor west, poor central, and poor east. Tobacco stripping conditions are favorable west, favorable central, and favorable east. There is patchy fog central. Visibility is less than one mile east. Winds are from the northwest at 7 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 8 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are variable at 5 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to light rain. The livestock cold stress index is in the no stress category west, no stress category central, and no stress category east. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 47 degrees at Bowling Green. The lowest temperature is 39 degrees at Jackson and Covington.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook For MCLEAN County, Kentucky
159 PM CST Thu Jan 17 2019

 DAY ONE  This Afternoon and Tonight

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Friday through Wednesday

Locally heavy rainfall is possible Friday night into Saturday. 
Isolated thunderstorms may enhance rainfall totals along the 
Tennessee and Arkansas borders, in far southeast Missouri and 
western Kentucky. Refer to the Special Weather Statement for
additional details.

Very gusty north winds will bring in Arctic air to the region,
changing rain to snow Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. 
Some accumulating snows will be possible, especially north of the
Ohio River, where the wind could also result in some blowing snow
that reduces visibilities at times. Refer to the Special Weather 
Statement for additional details.

The strong winds and cold air will result in wind chills in the 
single digits and lower teens by Sunday morning, and wind chills
may again be in the single digits to mid teens Monday morning as
well. 

 SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT  

Spotter activation is not anticipated at this time.

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7-Day Forecast For MCLEAN County, KY
252 PM CST Thu Jan 17 2019

TONIGHT
Cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY
Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s. North winds around 5 mph in the morning shifting to the east in the afternoon.

FRIDAY NIGHT
Mostly cloudy. Rain after midnight. Lows around 40. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.

SATURDAY
Rain. Highs in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph in the morning shifting to the northwest 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.

SATURDAY NIGHT
Mostly cloudy. Snow

possibly mixed with rain in the evening, then a chance of snow after midnight. Lows around 20. North winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

SUNDAY
Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s.

SUNDAY NIGHT
Partly cloudy. Lows around 15.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY
Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s.

MONDAY NIGHT
Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s.

TUESDAY
Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain in the morning, then rain likely in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

TUESDAY NIGHT
Rain likely in the evening, then snow

possibly mixed with rain after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

WEDNESDAY
Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow in the morning, then a slight chance of rain and snow in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s.

THURSDAY
Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For MCLEAN County, Kentucky
                             KENTUCKY                                                                     
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                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   JAN 23-27 JAN 25-JAN 31    JAN       JAN-MAR                      
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   Temperature:      Below        Below      Below      Below                      
 Precipitation:      Above        Below      Below      Below                      

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Drought Status For MCLEAN County, Kentucky
(Based on the latest Palmer Drought Severity and Crop Moisture Indices)
WESTERN   KY CLIMATE DIVISION

Hydrological Drought (PDSI) Situation:
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Current Long-term Hydrological Moisture Status: NEAR NORMAL           (PDSI=   1.70)
Rainfall Needed:  0.00 inches ABOVE NORMAL


Crop Moisture (CMI) Situation:
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Current Short-term Crop Moisture Status: Favorable, Except Still Too Wet In Spots     (CMI=   1.28)
Change From Previous Week: DRIER      SOILS ( -0.11)

Note: Due to rainfall variability within each climate division, check Precip Reports/GIS Estimates and the Kentucky Climate Summary for the latest moisture information for this county.

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Kentucky Climate Summary
Kentucky Climate Summary
For the Period 01-10-2019 to 01-16-2019

Temperatures for the period averaged 32 degrees across the state which was 1 degrees cooler than normal and 14 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 39 in the West to 36 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 8 degrees cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 29 degrees in the West to 27 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 49 degrees at BURKESVILLE 3W and the extreme low was 13 degrees at HINDMAN 5N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.61 inches statewide which was 0.25 inches below normal and 71% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.60 inches, Central 0.59 inches, Bluegrass 0.67 inches and East 0.60 inches, which was 0.3, 0.33, 0.07 and 0.29 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at WHITLEY CITY 3N to a high of 1.00 inches at CINCINNATI.

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Almanac Information
Thursday January 17, 2019 the 17th Day of Year

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SUN
Declination -20.590000
Distance 0.999725 AU
Rise 07:52 EST Set 17:45 EST
Transit Meridian 12:48 EST
Civil Twilight Begins 07:25 EST Ends 18:13 EST

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Normal Max/Min Temperature for Today: 41 / 22
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Weather History...



JANUARY 17TH
HISTORICAL WEATHER FACTS
...1817...
A luminous snowstorm occurred in Vermont and New Hampshire. Saint Elmo's
fire appeared as static discharges on roof peaks, fence posts, and the hats
and fingers of people. Thunderstorms prevailed over central New England.
(David Ludlum)
...1893...
The mercury dipped to 17 degrees below zero at Millsboro DE to establish a
state record. (The Weather Channel)
...1972...
A single storm unloaded 77.5 inches of snow at Summit MT to establish a
state record. (The Weather Channel)
...1982...
Strong chinook winds caused severe wind damage in Boulder CO. Wind gusts to
118 mph was recorded on the roof of the Environmental Research Laboratories
(ERL), and a wind gust to 137 mph was measured atop the roof of the NCAR
building (in the southwest part of the city, 600 feet above ground level).
The high winds uprooted trees and damage roofs. (Storm Data)
...1987...
A winter storm spread snow from the Southern Rockies into the Middle
Mississippi Valley and southwestern sections of the Great Lakes Region, and
freezing rain across Texas and oklahoma. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16
inches at Tulia TX, with 12 inches at Wellington KS. (National Weather
Summary) (Storm Data)
...1988...
A Pacific storm battered the southern coast of California. Winds gusting to
65 mph uprooted trees in San Diego. Los Angeles reported an all-time record
low baromteric pressure reading of 29.25 inches. (National Weather Summary)
(Storm Data)
...1989...
Strong chinook winds along the eastern slopes of the Rockies gusted to 90
mph near Rollinsville CO, and reached 94 mph near Big Timber MT. Heavy snow
blanketed parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley, with eight inches reported
in Douglas County WI. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
...1990...
Twenty cities across the southeastern half of the country reported record
high temperatures for the date. Record highs included 61 degrees at
Williamstown PA and 85 degrees at Brownsville TX. Evening thunderstorms
produced large hail and damaging winds from eastern Texas to Mississippi.
(National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
...2006...
Bowling Green received 1.37" of liquid equivalent precipitation on January 
17, setting a new record for the date.  The old record was 1.25" set in 
1990. (Louisville NWS)
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