Kentucky Monthly Weather Summary

For the Period: March 2016 Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation: March finished near normal for both precipitation and temperatures in Kentucky. The month roared in like a lion with strong to severe storms pushing across the area ahead of a cold front. Damaging winds, hail, and even tornadoes was seen on the morning of the first. The National Weather Service in Louisville mentioned it was the largest tornado outbreak across the area in 5 years. After a dry February, much of the area received over an inch of rainfall with this system. More severe weather followed towards the end of the month. Between the events was a period of winter-like temperatures. Leading into the cold snap, the Bluegrass State had experienced nine straight weeks of above normal temperatures. This led to winter wheat, plasticulture strawberries, peaches, and other fruit trees all in advanced growth stages for this time of the year. Because of this, Freeze Warnings were issued a little earlier than normal as lows dipped well below freezing multiple times. The most extreme cold came on the mornings of the 15th and 16th as lows dipped into the middle teens to low 20s. John Strang, UK Extension Horticulturist, goes into more detail on the extent of damage to peach buds and flowers in the latest edition of Kentucky Fruit Facts. Winter wheat impacts, injury identification, and considerations moving forward can be found in the Grain Crops Update. The image below shows low temperatures across the state over those two nights.

2016 Monthly Summary Archive


Past Years Growing Season Summary

KY Precipitation Departures

KY Temperature Departures