Kentucky Monthly Weather Summary

For the Period: March 2018 Below Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: Following the sixth warmest February on record, it seemed Kentucky was on track for yet another early start to the growing season, but Mother Nature had other plans. While the state did have short-lived bouts of spring weather, it seemed winter weather seemed to win out in the transition month. Winter cold returned on the mornings of the 8th and 9th with lows dipping into the 20s. Even had several locations in the teens. This set the stage for a major late season winter storm on the 11th and 12th. A large portion of the state's midsection received in upwards of 4 inches. The highest accumulations were seen around Lexington, Danville, and Richmond with 8 to 10 inches in spots. Even with calendar turning to spring, Kentucky saw a couple more rounds of winter weather. The more significant event occurred on the spring equinox with 5 to 10 inches of additional snowfall falling over North Central Kentucky. The good news was that temperatures quickly rose above freezing and kept most of the snowfall events less impactful. Saying that, the heavy wet nature of the snow did lead some branches to fall and corresponding power outages. The active pattern continued into the last full week of the month where the state averaged almost two inches and kept many farmers out of the fields. Grounds became saturated as a frontal boundary hung up over the area and was the focus for multiple rounds of rainfall as disturbances passed overhead. Overall, the state averaged about five inches of precipitation, which was about three quarters of an inch above normal. This marked the second straight month of above normal precipitation as Kentucky heads into the growing season.

2017 Monthly Summary Archive

            

Past Years Growing Season Summary


KY Precipitation Departures

KY Temperature Departures