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April is well known for its powerful spring storms, but this year April was very quiet in the Ohio Valley. There were only three instances of severe weather in southern Indiana and central Kentucky during the month. The first was a small EF1 tornado that spun up in an isolated thunderstorm moving through Oldham County around sunrise on the 12th. Most of the damage was to trees. The next severe storm was on the 23rd when hail the size of quarters struck Middletown in Jefferson County, KY. The final storms were on the 25th near Smithfield in Henry County when trees were blown down and a barn was damaged, and near Greenville in Floyd County where a barn was destroyed.

On the 20th cold air swept into the region behind low pressure crossing the Appalachians. Temperatures fell into the middle and upper 30s in the region, with a few spots briefly dipping into the lower 30s. Clouds and wind prevented frost from forming, but some light snow was witnessed east of Louisville.


  Average Temperature Departure from Normal Precipitation Departure from Normal Snow Departure from Normal
Bowling Green 60.1° +2.4° 4.87" +0.53" 0 -0.1"
Frankfort 58.7° +3.5° 6.20" +2.51"    
Lexington 59.1° +3.8° 4.39" +0.79" 0 -0.3"
Louisville Bowman 58.0° +0.9° 7.75" +3.67"    
Louisville International 61.2° +3.2° 6.62" +2.61" 0 -0.1"



19th: Rainfall of 1.95" at Frankfort, rainfall of 1.80" at Louisville

9th warmest April on record at Lexington


Pine tree snapped by EF1 tornado in Oldham County, Kentucky, April 12, 2019

Pine tree felled by EF1 tornado in Oldham County on the 12th. Photo: NWS