Farewell to Kentucky's second-hottest, ninth-wettest July on record

ahancock@herald-leader.comAugust 1, 2012 

  • July wrap-up for Lexington

    Days of rain: 17

    Inches of rain: 8.01

    Average high temperature: 90.4

    High temperatures of the past 10 days:

    Aug. 1: 91

    July 31: 91

    July 30: 88

    July 29: 86

    July 28: 85

    July 27: 89

    July 26: 95

    July 25: 96

    July 24: 90

    July 23: 93

    Average temperature: 80.5

    Average temperature for three hottest months on record:

    August 1936: 81.6

    July 1936: 81.1

    August 2007: 80.7

    Source: Chris Bailey, WKYT chief meteorologist

Kentucky was tugged in to opposite weather corners this past July.

The month was both the second-hottest and ninth-wettest July on record for Lexington, WKYT chief meteor ologist Chris Bailey said.

"It's very strange; you typically don't get that in one month," Bailey said. Current temperatures put the state on pace to be the hottest year on record, he said.

A streak of record-breaking heat with several 100-degree days during the first few weeks made it the hottest July since 1936.

Despite the heat, there was rainfall on more than half the days in July.

The rain made up for an intensely dry June in Lexington, but it missed parts of Western and Northern Kentucky.

The drought has deepened in Western Kentucky, which has a rain deficit of 20 inches in some areas, but Eastern and southern Kentucky are no longer considered in a drought.

But the weather hasn't just been limited to unusually hot and dry spells. Across the state, there were 15 days of severe weather, including damaging winds and large hailstorms.

Also unusual was the absence of tornado reports, Bailey said.

Kentucky typically has at least three tornado reports in each of the summer months, making this July the quietest since 1950.

Bailey said August promises to be hot, hazy and humid, with plenty of storms.

He predicted the next few weeks would continue to be hotter than normal.

The forecast for the rest of the week includes temperatures in the low 90s with a few scattered storms, and Sunday might see strong thunderstorms and cooler temperatures.

Amanda Hancock: (859) 231-3205. Twitter: @heraldleader.

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