Kentucky Monthly Weather Summary

For the Period: July 2018 Above Normal Temperatures and Below Normal Precipitation: The month of July opened with oppressive heat in place for the first half of the month. High temperatures routinely jumped into the 90s. The most intense period came on the 4th and 5th as highs peaked in the low to middle 90s statewide. Even had some upper 90s in spots. Combined with high humidity, heat indices topped out around 110, prompting 'Heat Advisories' and Excessive Heat Warnings' to be issued. This pushed the livestock heat stress index into the 'Danger and Emergency' on a near daily basis. Luckily, Kentucky finally saw a break from the heat over the second half of July as temperatures dropped below normal for the first time since the end of April. Kentucky ended the month with slightly below normal rainfall, but that does not tell the whole story. Totals varied widely across the state, averaging 2.21 inches across Western Kentucky and up to 5.52 inches across the Bluegrass area. This was in typical summer fashion as isolated to scattered coverage was common over the course of the month. One exception came on the 20th as multiple rounds of severe storms produced everything from torrential rainfall, large hail, damaging winds, and even a few tornadoes. Still though, Western Kentucky missed the rainfall. While Central Kentucky and points east averaged over two inches, Western Kentucky was under three tenths of an inch. The consistent dry pattern led the US Drought Monitor to push portions of the Purchase area into the 'Abnormally Dry' category.

2017 Monthly Summary Archive


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KY Precipitation Departures

KY Temperature Departures