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Heat, Severe and Fire Weather

Excessive heat warnings persist across the Desert Southwest, while the heat and humidity lingers along the East Coast. An extensive zone of strong to severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and locally heavy rain are expected along a strong cold front from New England to the south-central Plains. Finally, elevated fire weather threats/red flag warnings are likely across the Inter-mountain West. Read More >



  Historical St. Patrick's Day Weather  



  Louisville Lexington Bowling Green Frankfort
Highest Temperature 79° in 1894 76° in 1989 and 1934 86° in 1894 79° in 1982 and 1945
Highest Average Temperature 68.5° in 1903 64.5° in 1903 70.5° in 1894 68.5° in 1945
Lowest Temperature 9° in 1900 4° in 1900 16° in 1900 10° in 1900
Lowest Average Temperature 20.5° in 1941 14.5° in 1900 27.5° in 1900 20.5° in 1900
Wettest 1.73" in 1898 1.16" in 1932 2.00" in 1919 2.30" in 1919
Snowiest 3.7" in 1970 7" in 1892 1.0" in 1958 0.3" in 1949
Deepest Snow Cover 1" in 2014 3" in 1960 2" in 1960 2" in 1937


Flooding in Milltown, IN March 21, 2008

Milltown, Indiana on March 21, 2008.  Photo:  Wade Bell

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.