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Severe Storms For The Northeast U.S..; Heat And Fire Out West

A strong cold front will likely trigger severe thunderstorms and locally heavy rain on Friday from the Interior Northeast into the eastern Ohio Valley and northern Mid-Atlantic region, especially in New York state and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, in addition to the ongoing heat wave in the West, fire weather concerns are increasing across the Great Basin into the Four Corners region. Read More >

Spring 2018 was of two very distinct personalities. March and April were quite chilly, with measurable snow falling as late as April 16. Then as the calendar turned from April to May, a switch flipped and we went straight to summer. The monthly average temperatures for May were very close to what we usually see for June. All climate sites in central Kentucky recorded their warmest May on record. Amazingly, April was the 9th coldest on record at Bowling Green and 10th coldest on record at Frankfort! Not only that, this was Louisville's 4th snowiest spring and Lexington's 7th snowiest spring on record!

There were only two tornadoes, both of EF1 strength on April 3. The most widespread severe weather event was a powerful squall line that brought wind damage to southern Indiana and north central Kentucky on May 31

  Average Temperature Departure from Normal Precipitation Departure from Normal Snow Departure from Normal
Bowling Green 58.3° +0.8° 12.47" -1.89" 2.6" +1.3"
Frankfort 55.6° +0.9° 16.27" +3.35"    
Lexington 55.6° +0.6° 17.15" +4.22" 13.6" +12.3"
Louisville Bowman 57.0° +0.2° 11.30" -2.06"    
Louisville International 58.2° +0.6° 13.43" -0.02" 13.1" +11.6"


March Summary

April Summary

May Summary


Anchorage, KY March 20, 2018

Anchorage Trail in Anchorage, Kentucky, March 20.