Kentucky Monthly Weather Summary

For the Period: November 2018 Below Normal Temperatures and Much Above Normal Precipitation: Winter came a bit early for Kentuckians in 2018, as November can be best described as cool and wet this year. It seemed as though each week brought a solid soaking of rainfall. The month started with a cold front coming to stall across the Ohio River. Western Kentucky and areas northeast into the Bluegrass saw 1 to 3+ inches for the first day of November. Another frontal passage on the 5th and 6th led to statewide accumulations of 1 to 2 inches. In fact, over the first 11 days of November, Kentucky averaged 3.27 inches. Putting this into perspective, the state typically averages 3.91 for the entire month. Precipitation then took on a more wintry nature as winter cold took hold for the second half of November. On the night of the 14th and 15th, freezing rain fell across much of Central Kentucky and the Bluegrass with numerous accumulations between a tenth and quarter inch. Ice accumulations were mainly limited to elevated surfaces with warm ground temperatures in place. While this mitigated road impacts, the ice did lead to many downed limbs and associated power outages. Precipitation fell in the form of snow for extreme portions of Western Kentucky with accumulations between 1 and 2 inches. Continued rounds of precipitation later in the month led to a state average of 5.69 inches, which is about two inches above normal and ranks as the 14th wettest November on record. Kentucky year to data rainfall sits at 58.08 inches as of the end of November and ranks as the 4th wettest over that time span. Cooler temperatures returning for the second half of the month led to an average temperature of 5 degrees below normal for November and broke a six-month streak of above normal temperatures for the Bluegrass State.

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