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Climate Summary: Above Normal Temps and Precipitation
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 04/17/2018

High pressure kept the area dry through the workweek, but with a large swing in temperatures. With the center of the high situated east of the state on Monday and Tuesday, northerly flow kept temperatures well below normal. Lows dropped into the upper 20s to middle 30s on Tuesday night, prompting Freeze Warnings and Frost Advisories to be issued. As the high moved east of Kentucky on Wednesday, breezy southwest flow led to an abrupt warm up across the area, eventually hitting the upper 70s to low 80s on Friday. While it did get warm, a combination of high winds, low humidity, and dry fuels did lead to some fire weather concerns. Kentucky soils did get a chance to dry out through Friday, but rounds of rainfall returned over the weekend. A light and steady rainfall led to a soaking 1 to 2+ inches for most of Kentucky. Overall, the state averaged 1.40 inches, which led to a fourth straight week of above normal rainfall.

Temperatures for the period averaged 56 degrees across the state which was 1 degree warmer than normal and 12 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 65 in the West to 68 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 4 degrees cooler than normal in the West to near normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 46 degrees in the West to 44 degrees in the East.

Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 86 degrees at LOUISA 1S and the extreme low was 24 degrees at BRANDENBURG 4SW.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 1.40 inches statewide which was 0.38 inches above normal and 137% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 1.56 inches, Central 1.41 inches, Bluegrass 1.37 inches and East 1.27 inches, which was 0.4, 0.37, 0.44 and 0.32 inches above normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.04 inches at MONTICELLO AWOS to a high of 3.34 inches at WHITLEY CITY 3N.

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