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Tropical Depression Bertha Lifting North; Isolated Severe Across Southern U.S.; Heat Continues In West

Tropical Depression Bertha continues to weaken and lift north toward the central Appalachians and eastern Ohio Valley. Heavy rain, gusty winds and flooding are likely. Meanwhile, isolated severe thunderstorms are possible on Thursday from the Southeast to south-central High Plains. Finally, the ongoing heat wave continues in the West and will expand into the Rockies by the weekend. Read More >

The first significant snow of the season arrived on the 5th as an upper level disturbance swept overhead while surface temperatures were in the teens and 20s. One to three inches of snow accumulated.

A few days later, temperatures warmed significantly and stayed warm for much of the rest of the month. Bowling Green got to 71 and Louisville hit 70 degrees on the 12th, and temperatures throughout the region peaked in the 60s each day from the 20th to 22nd. Despite the abnormally warm temperatures, there was no severe weather in southern Indiana or central Kentucky. The closest we came was when a few trees were blown down in non-thunderstorm winds on the 10th.

 

  Average Temperature Departure from Normal Precipitation Departure from Normal Snowfall Departure from Normal
Bowling Green 44.2° +8.5° 4.16" +0.55" 0.7" -2.6"
Frankfort 40.3° +7.8° 3.94" +0.68"    
Lexington 40.2° +7.3° 4.71" +1.51" 3.3" -0.6"
Louisville Bowman 41.1° +6.6° 4.24" +0.86"    
Louisville International 41.6° +6.7° 4.21" +0.97" 2.6" -1.1"

 

Records

17th: record high of 67° at Lexington
20th: record warm low of 56° at Bowling Green

7th warmest January on record at Bowling Green and Louisville