Happy Friday, Kentucky! August 31st officially signaled the end of meteorological summer. Precipitation-wise, it was a season of extremes. The 14th driest June on record was followed by the 4th wettest July on record (128 years). That wet trend then continued into the first half of August, before turning dry for a couple weeks. In fact, up until Sunday (8/28), the state had only averaged 0.57 inches over the past 14 days.
Since then, most of Kentucky saw a decent amount of rainfall early in the workweek. Below is a look at those accumulations over the past 7 days, most of which fell over the course of Monday and Tuesday. The northern half of the state was the big winner with many picking up over an inch. Some much more than others. The La Grange, Shelbyville, and Richmond Mesonet stations all topped 2 inches. Richmond at 3.17! Saying that, others missed out. Much of South-Central Kentucky, near the Tennessee border, stayed under a quarter inch.
Side note - I have to send a shoutout to Barry Farmer! Barry is an Engineer Associate in the Department (BAE) and developed the program to make the map below. Thanks, Barry!