Kentucky Monthly Weather Summary

For the Period: February 2018 Well Above Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Precipitation: * The rain just did not want to stop through February. Ending the month, the state averaged 8.91 inches, which is good for the third wettest February on record for the Bluegrass State. Based on data from the Ag Weather Center, over the 21 day period between the 7th and the 27th, the Bluegrass State averaged 7.79 inches. Putting 7.79 into perspective, normal precipitation for the month of February is 3.68, over double what we normally see. Separating the three-week period above gives a closer look at how we got to this point. Between the 5th and the 11th, the state averaged 2.32 inches, which was the most in one week since the end of August and start of September last year. With continued rainfall the following week, rivers and streams began running high, prompting river flood warnings to be issued. After soils had become saturated, Kentucky then experienced it's wettest week since early July of 2016. From the 21st through the 25th, the Commonwealth averaged almost four inches of rainfall. What made the period unique was that widespread rains fell on a daily basis. With tropical moisture in place, moderate, to at times, heavy rain led to tremendous runoff and ponding of low-lying areas. Agriculture felt a variety of impacts through the month. The latest version of the Kentucky Crop Progress and Condition Report points to some of those problems, whether it be waterlogged pastures, muddy conditions hampering mobility and feeding, or delayed management strategies. This was in addition to many area rivers flooding across the state. While it has been wet, it was warm also. High temperatures jumped into the upper 70s to low 80s on February 20th behind breezy southwest flow. Some locations broke all-time record highs for the month of February. That includes data going back to 1895. The warmth stuck with the area for much of the latter half of February. In fact, the state was 20 degrees above normal for the period of January 19th through the 25th. Overall, Feburary 2018 was the sixth warmest February on record for Kentucky.

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