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March roared in like a lion when we experienced our largest tornado outbreak in 5 years on the first day of the month. Between midnight and 8:30am nine tornadoes spun across the area. Six of them were north of Interstate 64, with the remaining three in the Bowling Green region. The strongest was an EF2 a few minutes after midnight in Ireland, Indiana. Fortunately there were no fatalities in any of the storms, though there were 4 injuries. Three of the injuries were in a mobile home that was rolled by an EF1 tornado with 105mph winds in Scott County, Indiana.

The month was bookended with severe weather as more rough storms plowed through the region on the 27th and 30th. The event on the 27th spawned a brief EF1 tornado in Metcalfe County.

In between the severe weather outbreaks there was quite a cold snap from the 11th to the 19th. Freezing temperatures damaged vegetation that had begun to grow in the extremely warm temperatures we experienced in February.

  Average Temperature Departure from Normal Precipitation Departure from Normal Snowfall Departure from Normal
Bowling Green 50.8° +2.4° 3.79" -0.62" T -1.1"
Frankfort 47.7° +2.8° 5.09" +0.71"    
Lexington 47.8° +2.3° 3.28" -0.79" T -1.4"
Louisville Bowman 49.6° +2.6° 3.45" -0.71"    
Louisville International 50.3° +2.5° 3.68" -0.49" T -1.4"



1st: Rainfall of 1.94" at Frankfort

Tornado in Scott County, Indiana March 1, 2017

The results of an EF1 tornado in Scott County, Indiana, on the 1st.