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MLK Jr Day Climate History for Paducah, KY
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Barkley Regional Airport in West Paducah since 1949 and prior to that was observed in downtown Paducah back to December of 1937.

In 1983, legislation was signed creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday was first observed in 1986. King's Birthday is technically on January 15th but the federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of January. For climate purposes, the third Monday in January for the entire period of record will be used. This means the holiday can occur from January 15th through January 21st for any given year.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for MLK Jr. Day in Paducah.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures are predominately in the 30s or 40s on MLK Jr Day, encompassing 61% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
65 in 1990 14 in 1977
64 in 2017 18 in 1985
63 in 2012 21 in 1970
62 in 1938 22 in 2016
61 in 2015 25 in 2004
61 in 2007 25 in 1956
Normal High: 43

 

Paducah has seen highs as warm as the 60s 8 times, most recently in 2017, when we topped out at 64 degrees. There have also been 2 years where the high temperature failed to reach 20 degrees. This occurred back in 1985 and 1977.

Low temperatures typically fall in the 20s or 30s, accounting for 65% of all years on record. There are always exceptions to the norm of course: in 1977 the low temperature plummeted to 11 degrees below zero, which is 1 of 3 years with lows below zero. The only year with lows above 50 occurred back in 1990 when a mild reading of 52 degrees was set.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
52 in 1990 -11 in 1977
48 in 1957 -10 in 1985
45 in 2012 -3 in 1994
44 in 1938 2 in 1979
43 in 2017 5 in 1982*
Normal Low: 26

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Measurable precipitation has fallen 33% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling on 2 different occasions, most recently in 2007. Measurable snowfall has only occurred on 5 occasions (7% of all years on record), with the most recent occurring in 2018. There have been 10 years (14% of all years on record) with a snow depth of 1 inch or greater. This last happened on MLK Jr Day in 2018 when there was a snow depth of 2 inches in the morning.

Wettest (inches) Snowiest (inches) Most Snow Depth
1.89 in 1958 11.0 in 1978 8.0 in 1968
1.06 in 2007 8.1 in 2018 7.0 in 1994
0.91 in 1949 5.4 in 1994 6.0 in 1978
0.90 in 1978 0.4 in 1987 4.0 in 1985
0.68 in 1946 0.3 in 1993 3.0 in 1982

 

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent MLK Jr. Day Weather
Year High Low Precip Snowfall Snow Depth
2004 25 15 T T 0
2005 26 11 0 0 0
2006 60 42 0.48 0 0
2007 61 27 1.06 0 0
2008 43 14 T 0 0
2009 35 24 T T 0
2010 56 26 0 0 0
2011 46 22 0.16 0 0
2012 63 45 T 0 0
2013 35 23 0 0 0
2014 57 32 0 0 0
2015 61 27 0 0 0
2016 22 9 0 0 0
2017 64 43 0.54 0 0
2018 31 14 0.33 8.1 2

 

MLK Jr Day Climate History for Evansville, IN
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Evansville Regional Airport since January of 1897. Snowfall records began in January of 1948.

In 1983, legislation was signed creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday was first observed in 1986. King's Birthday is technically on January 15th but the federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of January. For climate purposes, the third Monday in January for the entire period of record will be used. This means the holiday can occur from January 15th through January 21st for any given year.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for MLK Jr. Day in Evansville.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures are predominately in the 30s or 40s on MLK Jr Day, encompassing 60% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
71 in 1928 8 in 1977
63 in 1990 15 in 1985
63 in 1957 17 in 1924
63 in 1906 18 in 1917
62 in 1919 18 in 1916
Normal High: 41

 

Evansville has seen highs of 60 or above 8 times, most recently in 2012, when we topped out at 61 degrees. There have also been 7 years where the high temperature failed to reach 20 degrees. This happened most recently back in 1985 when the high was a frigid 15 degrees!

Low temperatures typically fall in the 20s or 30s, accounting for 60% of all years on record. There are always exceptions to the norm of course: in 1977 the low temperature plummeted to 21 degrees below zero, which is 1 of 6 years with lows below zero. The warmest low temperature occurred back in 1928 with a reading of 49 degrees.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
49 in 1928 -21 in 1977
45 in 1990 -7 in 1979
45 in 1974 -4 in 1985
44 in 1933 -4 in 1912
44 in 1914* -2 in 1963
Normal Low: 24

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Measurable precipitation has fallen 36% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling only once, back in 1958. Measurable snowfall has only occurred on 10 occasions (14% of all years on record), with the most recent occurring in 2018. There have been 10 years (14% of all years on record) with a snow depth of 1 inch or greater. This last happened on MLK Jr Day in 2018 when there was 1 inch of snow on the ground.

Wettest (inches) Snowiest (inches) Most Snow Depth
1.09 in 1958 7.8 in 1978 8.0 in 1968
0.99 in 2007 2.8 in 2018 6.0 in 1994
0.81 in 1915 2.7 in 1994 6.0 in 1977
0.66 in 1913 1.0 in 2009 4.0 in 1978
0.63 in 1978 0.5 in 1976* 2.0 in 1982*

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent MLK Jr. Day Weather
Year High Low Precip Snowfall Snow Depth
2004 22 16 T T 0
2005 23 10 0 0 0
2006 60 35 0.25 0 0
2007 59 30 0.99 0 0
2008 38 12 0 0 0
2009 30 15 0.08 1 0
2010 37 29 0 0 0
2011 43 21 0.05 0 0
2012 61 35 0.03 0 0
2013 29 17 0 0 0
2014 52 31 T 0 0
2015 57 27 0 0 0
2016 22 10 T T 0
2017 59 41 0.32 0 0
2018 29 11 0.14 2.8 1

 

MLK Jr Day Climate History for Cape Girardeau, MO
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, located 5 miles southwest of Cape Girardeau, since June of 1960.

In 1983, legislation was signed creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday was first observed in 1986. King's Birthday is technically on January 15th but the federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of January. For climate purposes, the third Monday in January for the entire period of record will be used. This means the holiday can occur from January 15th through January 21st for any given year.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for MLK Jr. Day in Cape Girardeau.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures are predominately in the 30s or 40s on MLK Jr Day, encompassing 54% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
66 in 1990 12 in 1977
63 in 2012 19 in 1985
62 in 2017 20 in 1970
58 in 2015 22 in 2016
58 in 1964 25 in 2005
Normal High: 42

 

Cape Girardeau has seen highs in the 60s three times, most recently in 2017, when we topped out at 62 degrees. There have also been 2 years where the high temperature failed to reach 20 degrees. This happened most recently back in 1985 when the high was a frigid 19 degrees!

Low temperatures typically fall in the 20s, accounting for 49% of all years on record. There are always exceptions to the norm of course: in 1977 the low temperature plummeted to 16 degrees below zero, which is 1 of 3 years with lows below zero. There have been 5 years with lows in the 40s, the most in 2017 with a reading of 40 degrees.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
48 in 1990 -16 in 1977
43 in 1974 -5 in 1985
41 in 2012 -2 in 1979
40 in 2017 1 in 1994
40 in 2006 2 in 1963
Normal Low: 24

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Measurable precipitation has fallen 30% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling only once, back in 1978.

Wettest
1.10 in 1978
0.69 in 2007
0.38 in 1976
0.24 in 1994
0.19 in 2006

 

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent MLK Jr. Day Weather
Year High Low Precip
2004 26 17 T
2005 25 11 0
2006 57 40 0.19
2007 44 25 0.69
2008 40 13 0.01
2009 35 23 0
2010 53 26 T
2011 46 22 0.06
2012 63 41 0.02
2013 37 22 0
2014 55 25 0
2015 58 27 0
2016 22 7 0
2017 62 40 0.12
2018 30 14 0.07