Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Pattern of Weather Extremes Continues in 2013

rainbow 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (7/24/13) – The summer of 2013 is continuing a recent pattern of weather extremes, according to State Climatologist Stuart Foster.
 
Thus far, 2013 has been wetter and cooler than 2012, said Dr. Foster, director of the Kentucky Climate Center and the Kentucky Mesonet at Western Kentucky University.
 
Last summer, a dry and hot June and early July brought extreme drought conditions to parts of western Kentucky. The drought came one year after heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding across the region in April and May 2011.
 
Since 1895, 2011 ranks as the wettest year in Kentucky with an average of 63.12 inches of precipitation across the state, which is 14.22 inches above normal, based on data from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. The 2012 total of 42.98 inches ranked as 91st in the past 118 years.
 
The statewide precipitation average for 2013 based on the Kentucky Mesonet is running about 10 inches above 2012’s average year-to-date, with June and July’s rainfall above last year’s average, he said. The statewide average in June 2013 was 6.04 inches compared to 1.13 in 2012, while the July 2013 average (through July 23) was 5.84 compared to 5.26 in 2012.
 
Nonetheless, Dr. Foster noted, some portions of the Jackson Purchase region of far western Kentucky, which suffered from some of the worst drought conditions last year, have seen less abundant rainfall so far this summer.
 
As for temperatures, 2013 “has been quite a bit cooler than last year,” Dr. Foster said.
 
The statewide average temperature for July of 74.7 degrees (through July 23) is 4.5 degrees cooler than last July’s 79.2. The March 2013 average temperature of 39.7 degrees was 18.2 degrees cooler than March 2012’s 57.9.
 
“Research suggests that the pattern we are seeing may be consistent with the melting of the polar ice, warming of Arctic region and weakening of the jet stream, so that while our weather patterns certainly vary from year to year, this could be a pattern we see more frequently,” Dr. Foster said.
 
“If you look over the last several years we have seen wide ranging conditions from very wet to very dry,” he said. “I never thought that I would see water flowing through the spillway at Rough River Lake or any other of Kentucky’s reservoirs, but I saw it in 2011.
 
“While these may not be records, they challenge us as a society to adapt to those extremes both to minimize risk to life and property and to enhance our economic competitiveness in the global marketplace.”
 
Recent extremes have included heavy daily rainfall of more than 4 inches in several areas including 5.92 inches in Hopkins County on June 24, 5.40 inches in Logan County on July 5, 4.39 inches in Trigg County on June 1 and 4.09 inches in Marshall County on June 1.
 
Monthly rainfall extremes have included 12.99 inches in Logan County in July (through July 23), 11.49 inches in Hopkins County in June and 10.7 inches in Marshall County in June.
 
Temperature extremes from the Kentucky Mesonet this year for May, June and July also have been lower. The highest temperatures are: May 2013’s 89.9 degrees in Lawrence County compared to May 2012’s 95.7 degrees in Hopkins County; June 2013’s 97.2 in Fulton County compared to June 2012’s 107.2 degrees in Calloway County; and July 2013’s 93.2 degrees in Mason County compared to July 2012’s 106.4 in Hopkins County.
 
Dr. Foster said the cooler and wetter pattern could continue into August according to NOAA’s 30-day outlook.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by WKU

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Posted on 2/2/14
2/6/2014 - posted

Stock Report

button coupons
1 DOW 17,827.75
+12.81 (0.07%)    
2 S&P 2,072.83
+5.80 (0.28%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,787.32
+29.06 (0.61%)    
2/6/2014 - posted
2/6/2014 - posted
button classifieds

In Other News...

Route Chosen for Kentucky 91/Kentucky 293 Princeton Connector

KENTUCKY (11/26/14) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has selected the route for a new Princeton Connector from… Read More

Pennyrile Public Retirees Will Meet Dec. 4

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (11/26/14) — The Pennyrile Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec.… Read More
2/6/2014 - posted

Most Read This Week

November 21, 2014 7188

Man Accused of Assaulting Coach During Basketball…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
November 22, 2014 4853

One Injured in Two Vehicle Collision in Greenville

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Miria Thomas
November 21, 2014 4560

Crashing Dump Trucks in Work Zone Cause Pennyrile…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
November 21, 2014 3785

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
November 21, 2014 3597

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 21, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
November 21, 2014 3150

Swimming and Diving Closes Fall Season at Ohio…

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
November 24, 2014 3003

Two Charged for Possession of Meth After…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by MCSO/PIO Alex Piper
November 21, 2014 2862

Kentucky Employers to Save About $112 million

in General News For All Sites by Cathy Lindsey
November 25, 2014 2628

Madisonville Man Charged for Selling Cocaine

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 25, 2014 2499

Call for Help Results in Arrest for Possession of…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

November 25, 2014 1585

Protect Your Home When Traveling This Holiday…

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 26, 2014 1150

Baptist Health Madisonville Hires New Physical…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Kristy Quinn
November 26, 2014 1055

Sweet Staple of Thanksgiving

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 26, 2014 1052

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 26, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
November 26, 2014 934

Muhlenberg Set for Small Business Saturday Savings

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
November 26, 2014 781

Citizen Sounds Off About Library

in Hopkins News by Scott Rogers
November 26, 2014 758

High School Wrestling Teams Returning to…

in General Sports For All Sites by Steve LeMaster
November 26, 2014 720

Madisonville Man Charged with Selling Cocaine

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Lt. William W. Poe
November 26, 2014 711

UK Volleyball Finalizes 2015 Class with Watson

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
November 26, 2014 622

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - November 26, 2014

in Video by Crime Stoppers

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss