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 Kentucky Weather Summary -- 2019:
By:  Tom Priddy and Matt Dixon
     UK Ag. Weather Center

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Kentucky Climate Summary 
For the Period February 4 to February 10, 2019

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Precipitation:

Kentucky cannot seem to shake the wet pattern that has plagued the region for quite 
some time. The state averaged almost 2.5 inches for the week behind multiple rounds 
of rainfall. This was a statewide event with Western Kentucky the leader at an 
average of 3.12, while Eastern Kentucky was on the low end at 1.98. The brunt of the 
activity fell Tuesday through Thursday, leading to some flooding across the region. 
Temperature-wise, the week started out with temperatures in the 60s and 70s, lasting 
through Thursday. Behind a strong cold front, temperatures plummeted Thursday 
night with lows dipping well into the 20s and the teens on Friday night, introducing 
livestock cold stress to the Emergency category yet again.

Temperatures for the period averaged 46 degrees across the state which was 10 degrees 
warmer than normal and 14 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 51 in the West to 56 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 10 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 37 degrees in the 
West to 39 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 10 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 15 degrees warmer than normal in the 
East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 76 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S and 
the extreme low was 12 degrees at BURLINGTON 4S.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.49 inches statewide which was 1.62 
inches above normal and 285% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 3.12 inches, Central 2.81 inches, Bluegrass 2.06 inches and East 1.98 inches, 
which was 2.16, 1.85, 1.3 and 1.16 inches above normal. By station, precipitation 
totals ranged from a low of 1.11 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 4.27 inches at 
BENTON 4N. 

Summarized and averaged data for the period 20190204 to 20190210(Last 7 Days)
(Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages)

                            AIR TEMPERATURE          PRECIPITATION    ExtremeTemp
STATION              MAX  DEV  MIN  DEV  AVR  DEV  TOTAL   DEV  %NORM  HI   LO
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WEST(CD1)             51    5   37   10   44    7   3.12   2.16  325   71   16
CENTRAL(CD2)          54    8   40   14   47   11   2.81   1.85  293   75   15
BLUEGRASS(CD3)        52    8   37   13   44   10   2.06   1.30  271   73   12
EAST(CD4)             56   10   39   15   47   12   1.98   1.16  241   76   14
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STATE                 53    8   38   13   46   10   2.49   1.62  285   76   12


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Kentucky Climate Summary 
For the Period January 28 to February 3, 2019

Near Normal Temperatures and Much Below Normal Precipitation:

In typical Ohio Valley fashion, the weather changed drastically over the course of 
the week. Starting out, temperatures jumped into the mid to upper 50s on Monday. 
Behind a cold front, temperatures crashed, setting up a very cold few days as Arctic 
air built into the area. Wind chills dropped all the way down to -10 to -20 below 
zero Tuesday night and into Wednesday, pushing the livestock cold stress index into the 
Emergency category for an extended period of time. The cold continued into the first 
part of Thursday with some morning lows below zero. Luckily, a warming trend ensued 
for the rest of the week, eventually making it back in the 50s and 60s over the 
weekend. Even hitting the low 70s for some across Western and Central Kentucky. 
While temperatures were up and down, the state did not see much in the way of 
precipitation. Overall, the state averaged less than a tenth of an inch for the week.

Temperatures for the period averaged 33 degrees across the state which was near 
normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 
45 in the West to 46 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 
near normal in the West to 2 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures 
averaged from 24 degrees in the West to 22 degrees in the East. Departure from normal 
low temperature ranged from 1 degree cooler than normal in the West to near normal in 
the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 71 degrees at FORT CAMPBELL 
and the extreme low was -9 degrees at BURLINGTON 4S.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.09 inches statewide which was 0.75 
inches below normal and 11% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.08 inches, Central 0.08 inches, Bluegrass 0.10 inches and East 0.08 inches, which 
was 0.82, 0.83, 0.62 and 0.73 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at MIDDLESBORO AWOS to a high of 0.19 inches at 
FRANKFORT 7S. 

Summarized and averaged data for the period 20190128 to 20190203(Last 7 Days)
(Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages)

                            AIR TEMPERATURE          PRECIPITATION    ExtremeTemp
STATION              MAX  DEV  MIN  DEV  AVR  DEV  TOTAL   DEV  %NORM  HI   LO
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WEST(CD1)             45    0   24   -1   35    0   0.08  -0.82    9   71    1
CENTRAL(CD2)          43    0   23   -1   33   -1   0.08  -0.83    9   70    2
BLUEGRASS(CD3)        39   -3   19   -4   29   -3   0.10  -0.62   14   69   -9
EAST(CD4)             46    2   22    0   34    1   0.08  -0.73   10   69   -4
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STATE                 43    0   22   -2   33    0   0.09  -0.75   11   71   -9


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Kentucky Climate Summary 
For the Period January 21 to January 27, 2019

Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation:

Extreme cold settled over the Bluegrass State, leading to the first week of 2019 with 
below normal temperatures. The period started with temperatures in the single digits 
to middle teens Monday morning and wind chills dropping to either side of zero. The 
thermometer did go on the increase Tuesday and Wednesday, but quickly went back in 
the opposite direction with the passage of a couple cold fronts. Lows dipped into the 
low to middle teens that Thursday night, followed by highs on Friday only in the 20s. 
Rain showers accompanied the first frontal boundary on Tuesday night and Wednesday 
and combined with some other bouts of light snow accumulations, total precipitation 
averaged a little over an inch for the Bluegrass State.

Temperatures for the period averaged 30 degrees across the state which was 5 degrees 
cooler than normal and 4 degrees cooler. 

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.03 inches statewide which was 0.22 
inches above normal and 127% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.07 inches, Central 1.09 inches, Bluegrass 0.82 inches and East 1.10 inches, 
which was 0.18, 0.23, 0.11 and 0.31 inches above normal. 

             Temperature                      Precipitation
  cd     temp     norm      dev     prcp     norm      dev   percent
---------------------------------------------------------------------
   1     30.7     35.3     -4.6     1.04     0.89     0.15      117
   2     30.6     34.6     -4.0     1.07     0.86     0.21      124
   3     27.6     32.9     -5.3     0.82     0.71     0.11      116
   4     29.4     34.0     -4.5     1.10     0.79     0.32      140
---------------------------------------------------------------------
 State   29.6     34.2     -4.6     1.02     0.81     0.21      126


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Kentucky Climate Summary 
For the Period January 14 to January 20, 2019

Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation:

The Bluegrass State saw dry and cool conditions over the first half of the period, 
before a wet pattern took hold for the second. High temperatures on Monday only rose 
into the lower to middle 30s under mostly cloudy skies. That cool and dry held 
through Wednesday, before light rain showers overspread the region Wednesday night 
and into Thursday as a weak system pushed through the state. Most only saw a third 
of an inch or less. After a temporary break from the rain on Friday, a much more 
significant disturbance progressed across Kentucky for the first half of the weekend. 
Precipitation started as rain within a warm and moist air mass. Much of the 
Commonwealth saw a half to 2 inches of rainfall. Cold, arctic air rushing into the 
area behind the departing disturbance led to a transition over to snow. 1 to 3 
inches fell across Western/Central Kentucky and up into the Bluegrass. Less-so across 
Eastern Kentucky. The state finally saw some sunshine on Sunday, but highs only rose 
into the 20s. Wind chills in the single digits kept the livestock cold stress index 
in the Danger and Emergency categories.

Temperatures for the period averaged 35 degrees across the state which was 2 degrees 
warmer than normal and 4 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 41 in the West to 39 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 2 degrees cooler than normal in the West to 4 degrees 
cooler than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 33 degrees in the 
West to 31 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 8 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 8 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 59 degrees at BOWLING GREEN APT and 
the extreme low was 9 degrees at BURLINGTON 4S.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.47 inches statewide which was 0.63 
inches above normal and 176% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.50 inches, Central 1.52 inches, Bluegrass 1.34 inches and East 1.52 inches, 
which was 0.62, 0.63, 0.62 and 0.66 inches above normal. By station, precipitation 
totals ranged from a low of 0.41 inches at WHITLEY CITY 3N to a high of 2.51 
inches at ALBANY 1N. 

Summarized and averaged data for the period 20190114 to 20190120(Last 7 Days)
(Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages)

                            AIR TEMPERATURE          PRECIPITATION    ExtremeTemp
STATION              MAX  DEV  MIN  DEV  AVR  DEV  TOTAL   DEV  %NORM  HI   LO
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WEST(CD1)             41   -2   33    8   37    3   1.50   0.62  170   58   14
CENTRAL(CD2)          40   -2   33    9   36    3   1.52   0.63  171   59   13
BLUEGRASS(CD3)        36   -5   29    6   32    0   1.34   0.62  186   51    9
EAST(CD4)             39   -4   31    8   35    2   1.52   0.66  177   55   11
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STATE                 39   -3   32    8   35    2   1.47   0.63  176   59    9


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Kentucky Climate Summary 
For the Period January 7 to January 13, 2019

Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation:

The period started very warm with highs jumping into the 60s on Monday. This was 
followed by the passage of a couple cold fronts through the region later on Monday 
and again on Tuesday. Both brought gusty winds to the area, along with some light 
rainfall accumulations. Behind the boundaries, highs struggled in the 30s and 40s 
over the rest of the workweek, but with dry conditions in place. That changed yet 
again over the weekend as an area of low pressure worked through Kentucky. This 
system brought a variety of precipitation types with mainly snow Friday night and 
transitioning to a cold rain on Saturday. One to three inches of snow fell for much 
of the northern half of the state, while rain was the dominant type farther south. 
All together, the state averaged a liquid equivalent of 0.62 inches for the week, 
which was about a quarter inch below normal.

Temperatures for the period averaged 39 degrees across the state which was 6 degrees 
warmer than normal and 6 degrees cooler than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 46 in the West to 46 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 3 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 2 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 35 degrees in the 
West to 33 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 9 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 9 degrees warmer than normal in the East. 
The extreme high temperature for the period was 69 degrees at BOONEVILLE 2S and the 
extreme low was 13 degrees at HINDMAN 5N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.62 inches statewide which was 0.26 
inches below normal and 70% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 
0.62 inches, Central 0.60 inches, Bluegrass 0.67 inches and East 0.61 inches, which 
was 0.3, 0.34, 0.08 and 0.3 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals 
ranged from a low of 0.22 inches at WILLIAMSBURG AWOS to a high of 0.98 inches at 
CINCINNATI. 

Summarized and averaged data for the period 20190107 to 20190113(Last 7 Days)
(Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages)

                            AIR TEMPERATURE          PRECIPITATION    ExtremeTemp
STATION              MAX  DEV  MIN  DEV  AVR  DEV  TOTAL   DEV  %NORM  HI   LO
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WEST(CD1)             46    3   35    9   40    6   0.62  -0.30   67   67   18
CENTRAL(CD2)          47    5   33    8   40    6   0.60  -0.34   64   69   15
BLUEGRASS(CD3)        43    2   31    7   37    5   0.67  -0.08   89   66   17
EAST(CD4)             46    2   33    9   39    5   0.61  -0.30   67   69   13
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STATE                 46    4   33    8   39    6   0.62  -0.26   70   69   13


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Kentucky Climate Summary 
For the Period December 31 to January 6, 2019

Well Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation:

The Bluegrass State cannot seem to get a break from continued rainfall. Kentucky saw 
another couple of rounds this period, one coming on New Year’s Eve and the other 
later in the workweek. Both brought widespread rounds of light to moderate showers 
to the area, leading to some nuisance flooding. All together, the state average 2.14 
inches for the first week of 2019, over an inch above normal for this time of year. 
Following the unsettled workweek, dry conditions returned for the weekend with high 
temperatures back in the 50s. This warmth pushed Kentucky to a fourth straight week 
of above normal temperatures.

Temperatures for the period averaged 45 degrees across the state which was 11 degrees 
warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures 
averaged from 49 in the West to 55 in the East. Departure from normal high 
temperatures ranged from 6 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 11 degrees 
warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 38 degrees in the 
West to 40 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 12 
degrees warmer than normal in the West to 16 degrees warmer than normal in the 
East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 73 degrees at WHITESBURG 2NW  
and the extreme low was 27 degrees at CARBONDALE ASOS.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 2.14 inches statewide which was 1.25 
inches above normal and 240% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, 
West 1.95 inches, Central 2.35 inches, Bluegrass 2.11 inches and East 2.14 inches, 
which was 1.02, 1.39, 1.34 and 1.24 inches above normal. By station, precipitation 
totals ranged from a low of 1.29 inches at LOUISA 1S to a high of 3.61 inches at 
WHITLEY CITY 3N. 

Summarized and averaged data for the period 20181231 to 20190106(Last 7 Days)
(Not for Legal purposes. Departure from Norms based on climate divisional Averages)

                            AIR TEMPERATURE          PRECIPITATION    ExtremeTemp
STATION              MAX  DEV  MIN  DEV  AVR  DEV  TOTAL   DEV  %NORM  HI   LO
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WEST(CD1)             49    6   38   12   44    9   1.95   1.02  210   68   27
CENTRAL(CD2)          52    9   39   14   45   11   2.35   1.39  245   70   29
BLUEGRASS(CD3)        49    8   38   14   44   11   2.11   1.34  274   68   28
EAST(CD4)             55   11   40   16   47   13   2.14   1.24  238   73   28
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STATE                 51    8   39   14   45   11   2.14   1.25  240   73   27
 
Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky