The higher totals haven’t been shared by the entirety of the state. While Western Kentucky has seen well above normal rainfall, portions of Southeastern KY and the Northern Bluegrass are running more than an inch BELOW normal. Much of Southeastern Kentucky has now been in the “abnormally dry” category on the US Drought Monitor for 4 straight weeks.
Looking at temperatures, we’ve seen our fair share of ups and downs, but that is typical with the spring season. While temperatures did run below normal for the month of April, damaging frost and freezing temperatures have been largely absent this year (knock on wood). We did have a little bit of worry last Wednesday morning (4/27), but temperatures ended up a little warmer than forecast with most staying in the mid to upper 30s
The chance for another freeze is very low at this point in the spring season. Most of the state has already surpassed or getting close to the date at which there is a 10% probability of seeing freezing temperatures again. Below is a look at those dates across the state. Based on this information and the forecast/outlooks below, I believe it’s safe to start putting out those summer gardens if you haven’t already.