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Historical Christmas Weather

 

  Louisville Lexington Bowling Green Frankfort
Highest Temperature 68° in 1893 70° in 1982 72° in 2016 70° in 1982
Highest Average Temperature 64° in 1982 64° in 1982 65° in 1982 59° in 1982
Lowest Temperature -7° in 1983 -9° in 1983 -7° in 1983 -10° in 1983
Lowest Average Temperature 1° in 1983 -2° in 1983 2° in 1983 0° in 1983
Wettest 2.09" in 1987 2.35" in 1987 2.96" in 1987 2.40" in 1895
Snowiest 4.5" in 1890 6.5" in 1935 4.5" in 1935 3.5" in 1948
Deepest Snow Cover 5" in 2004 and 1939 7" in 1935 6" in 1963 5" in 1963

 

Chances of a White Christmas

 

A car buried in the snow in Milltown, Indiana on December 22, 2004

A car buried in snow in Milltown, Indiana on December 22, 2004.  Photo:  Angela Crecelius


Note on the data presented here:
At Bowling Green and Frankfort data presented here may differ from data presented elsewhere.  That is due primarily to "time shifting," which is when observers give their 24-hour reports at 7am.  The high temperature, for example, may be given by the observer as 80 degrees on the 7am report on June 1, meaning that the 80 degree reading actually happened on the calendar day of May 31 (the previous afternoon).  Unfortunately that high temperature may have gone into the climatological record as having happened on June 1, since that is the date of the report.  Additionally, data may be time shifted for only a portion of a location's history.

An additional problem at Bowling Green is that there have been many observers over the years, occasionally simultaneously, and a difference can arise depending on which observer's data are used.

These issues are not present at Louisville and Lexington.