Preliminary data from the Ag Weather Center shows the state averaged 4.45 inches for the month of August, which is about 0.75 inches above normal. Saying that, the average was pushed higher by exceptional rainfall across Western KY early in the month. In fact, you may recall that the Fulton County Mesonet station recorded over 12 inches of rainfall between the 3rd and 5th, which led to bouts of flash flooding in the region.
Temperature-wise, the Kentucky average actually ended up near normal. While we closed the month with the longest heat wave of the summer season, it was actually balanced by cooler temperatures over the first 2.5 weeks of August. In fact, many didn't see a 90 degree high until the 20th or 21st!
Looking specifically at the heat wave, you probably recall the oppressive humidity, which pushed heat indices over 110 degrees at times. Dewpoints actually hit 80 degrees across portions of Western KY, which is pretty uncommon in our neck of the woods. Paducah Barkley Regional Airport actually hit 81 over multiple days, which is the first time that has happened since August of 2014! Hopefully we don't see dewpoints that high for another 10 years! Brutal!
In a more detailed look at the month of August, be sure to tune-in for tomorrow's monthly climate webinar with the Kentucky Climate Center at 2PM EDT/1PM CDT. Links below.
Zoom - https://wku.zoom.us/j/99406376503
YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDg3h8leOZa0wHap90rX5Rw