Kentucky Monthly Weather Summary

For the Period: January 2020 Well Above Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation: After a very warm end to 2019, the start of 2020 has followed suit. The year started with three straight weeks of well above normal temperatures. Temperatures in the 50s and 60s were common. Numerous locations even jumped well into the 70s on the 11th. The Kentucky Mesonet station in Lawrence County was the highest with a temperature of 79 degrees! After the warm start, a couple cold fronts brought seasonable winter temperatures back into the fold. Highs struggled in the 20s on the 19th and began a period of seasonably cool weather over the next week. In fact, the livestock cold stress dipped into the danger to emergency categories at times for the first time this year. Despite the temporary cooler weather, warm temperatures early in the month led the way to the 13th warmest January ever recorded in Kentucky. Rainfall was exceptional early in the month as Kentucky averaged over 1.5 inches on back to back weeks. The most significant round arrived on the 10th and 11th as very strong winds accompanied 1 to 2+ inches of rainfall. Wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph were common, which did lead to some damage and power outages. Luckily, the state saw some breaks from the rainfall over the second half of the month. It was definitely not dry, but total accumulations were much lower.

2020 Monthly Summary Archive


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KY Precipitation Departures

KY Temperature Departures