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Historical Leap Day Weather

 

 

  Louisville Lexington Bowling Green Frankfort
Highest Temperature 77° in 1972 75° in 1972 77° in 1972 70° in 1972 and 1976
Highest Average Temperature 62° in 1972 61° in 1972 64° in 1904 63° in 1904
Lowest Temperature 9° in 1884 13° in 1960 8° in 1884 17° in 1964 and 1980
Lowest Average Temperature 19° in 1884 21° in 1980 and 1960 16° in 1884 29° in 1984
Wettest 0.54" in 2012 1.11" in 2012 1.38" in 2012 0.98" in 2012
Snowiest 2.2" in 1912 0.5" in 1996 and 1968 3.0" in 1920 1.0" in 1920
Deepest Snow Cover 6" in 1984 3" in 1984 and 1960 3" in 1884 3" in 1984

 

LaRue County Tornado February 29, 2012

Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 29, 2012.  Photo:  NWS


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.