30-degree drop in temperature pulls Lexington off near-record highs

Cold snap puts an end to near-record highs

bfortune@herald-leader.comSeptember 6, 2011 

Sometimes a 70-degree day feels downright balmy, but that wasn't the case Monday.

Bet you grabbed a sweater or a jacket before leaving the house, right?

That's because over the weekend, Central Kentucky sizzled when it hit 98 degrees Friday and Saturday. That was close to the record of 100 for both days.

"When you get a 30-degree switch, you're obviously going to feel a shock," said Ryan Sharp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville.

The drop was caused by a significant cold front for early September that moved through the area, Sharp said, aided by 1.06 inches of rain Sunday from Tropical Storm Lee and 0.91 inches on Labor Day.

By Monday evening, Lee had been downgraded to a low pressure system that was hovering over central Alabama.

But another one-half to 1 inch of rain was expected overnight. Sharp said it would be "a nice, steady light-to-moderate rain, just perfect for absorbing into the ground."

Since the first of June, Lexington has received slightly less than 13 inches of rainfall, normal for this time of year. For the entire year, Lexington has had 46 inches of rain at Blue Grass Airport, well above the normal amount of 32 inches.

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