Recent deluges continue extraordinarily wet year

If it seems you're taking your umbrella everywhere this year, it's no surprise. Much of Kentucky so far is experiencing one of the wettest years on record, according to the National Weather Service.

Through July 9, the rain total for Lexington was 37.65 inches, the fifth-highest total for that period. The record for the same period is 41.78 inches in 1997, said Angie Lese, a meteorologist with the weather service's Louisville office. The office has maintained weather statistics since 1850.

Between April 1 and June 30, Lexington had its second-highest amount of rain for that three-month period — 22.35 inches

Louisville is experiencing its second-wettest year, with 41.74 inches through July 9. The record for Louisville for the same period also was set in 1997 when 42.26 inches fell, she said.

Between April 1 and June 30, Louisville set a record for precipitation this year with 28.92 inches, Lese said.

Meanwhile, Jackson in the eastern part of the state is experiencing its third-wettest year since weather record-keeping started there in 1981.

London also is having its third-wettest year on record since 1954, when record-keeping started, said Hal Klingenberg, a meteorologist with the weather service's Jackson office.

One reason for the higher-than-usual precipitation is the weather phenomenon called La Niña. It's a cooling of water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that affects weather patterns in the northern hemisphere. La Niña, which usually occurs every three to six years, often brings wet weather from winter into spring into Central and Eastern Kentucky, Klingenberg said.

La Niña is fading now and isn't necessarily responsible for recent rainfall, Klingenberg said.