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August was a quiet and somewhat cool month. It was the first cooler than normal month since May 2016 at Louisville and Frankfort. The coolest day was the 5th when daily average temperatures were around 10 degrees below normal and the mercury dipped well into the 50s.

There was almost no severe weather during the month. A few trees were blown down on the 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 22nd. Otisco, Indiana reported quarter sized hail on the 1st. A line of storms trained over Louisville on the 17th and dropped record rains on Louisville International Airport.

Fortunately, conditions were great for the solar eclipse on the 21st. Although it was a very warm, muggy day, there were only scattered clouds in the sky.

Tropical Depression Harvey approached from the southwest on the last day of the month and brought record rainfall to Bowling Green.

  Average Temperature Departure from Normal Rain Departure from Normal
Bowling Green 75.9° -1.6° 5.36" +2.03"
Frankfort 73.5° -1.7° 2.63" -0.73"
Lexington 73.0° -2.3° 5.07" +1.82"
Louisville Bowman 75.1° -2.4° 3.42" +0.11"
Louisville International 76.9° -1.5° 4.20" +0.87"



17th: Record rainfall of 2.56" at Louisville
31st: Record rainfall of 1.83" at Bowling Green


2017 solar eclipse, Bowling Green, KY, by Dan McKemy

NWS Louisville forecaster Dan McKemy compiled these images he took of the eclipse from the south side of Bowling Green in totality for 1 min. 32 sec.