Fall is typically our dry season in the Bluegrass State and thus far, 2023 has followed script. Through September 18th, data at the Ag Weather Center shows the state has only averaged 0.83 inches for the month, which is ~1.25 below normal. Go back 30 days and the average is 1.98, about 1.5 below normal. Saying that, the average rarely tells the whole story. Below is a look at observed and departure-from-normal precipitation over the past 30 days.
Southeastern KY saw some decent rainfall totals this past weekend, while the Pennyrile were the beneficiaries of timely rains over the past few weeks. Looking elsewhere across Kentucky, it's been a different story. A large section of Central and far-Western KY is running 1-3 inches below normal over the past 30 days. In some cases, observed rainfall over that period hasn't even broken an inch. One example is out of Breckinridge County where the local Mesonet station near Hardinsburg has only recorded 0.28 inches since August 15th!