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November 2017 was punctuated by two powerful storm systems that brought tornadoes to the region on the 5th and the 18th. This was the first time we experienced two tornado events in November since 2005.

On the 5th a sharp cold front advanced into the Ohio Valley from the west, with low pressure developing on the front near Louisville that evening. Between 11:04pm and 11:20pm three small tornadoes touched down in Washington County, Indiana, one of which missed the square in Salem by one and a half blocks. Fortunately the damage was minor and no one was hurt.

On the 18th, a fast moving squall line pushed through central Kentucky and southern Indiana ahead of a strong cold front. Several breaks formed in the line, allowing nearby storms to produce pockets of wind damage and three brief tornadoes. Minor injuries were reported near Beaver Dam in Ohio County and Guston in Meade County. 


  Average Temperature Departure from Normal Precipitation Departure from Normal Snow Departure from Normal
Bowling Green 49.1° +0.7° 1.96" -2.26" 0 0
Frankfort 46.7° +0.7° 2.79" -0.94"    
Lexington 47.3° +1.0° 2.35" -1.18" 0 -0.3"
Louisville Bowman 47.7° +0.2° 2.82" -0.79"    
Louisville International 49.4° +0.6° 2.06" -1.53" 0 -0.1"

All data presented here are preliminary


5th: Record warm lows of 65° at Bowling Green, 63° at Frankfort, 63° at Lexington, and 64° at Louisville

Tornado Damage November 5, 2017 near Salem, Indiana

Tornado damage about 5 miles east of Salem, Indiana on the 5th. NWS Storm Survey