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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 Thanksgiving Weather


  Louisville Lexington Bowling Green Frankfort
Highest Temperature 73° in 1896 71° in 1896 75° in 1896 74° in 1979
Highest Average Temperature 65.5° in 1896 62.5° in 1896 65.5° in 1896 62.5° in 1908
Lowest Temperature 8° in 1930 3° in 1930 15° in 1950 and 1912 7° in 1930
Lowest Average Temperature 14.5° in 1930 10° in 1930 22.5° in 1911 16.5° in 1930
Wettest 2.19" in 2010 1.17" in 1959 2.03" in 1959 1.81" in 1896
Snowiest 1.2" in 1938 4.2" in 1938 2.1" in 1950 3.5" in 1938
Deepest Snow Cover 1" in 1971, 30, 29 4" in 1938 2" in 1938 4" in 1938


Wilmore, Kentucky on Novmber 12, 2013

Wilmore, Kentucky on November 12, 2013.  Photo:  Neil, via Twitter

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.