Happy first day of November! Preliminary data from the Ag Weather Center shows the state averaged 4.28 inches in October, which is about three quarters of an inch above normal. This marks a fifth straight month of above normal rainfall for the Bluegrass State. The data also shows that the state averaged 63 degrees for the month, well above our normal monthly average of 57.6 for this time of year. While official data won't be released for another week, this will likely be a Top 10 warmest October on record for Kentucky (with data going back to 1895), and Top 5 is very much in play.
It was a warm month overall, but following a strong cold front early last week, some areas had their first frost on Wednesday morning. Most of the Bluegrass State dropped into the mid to upper 30s, but some dropped into the low 30s across the eastern half of Kentucky. The lowest temperatures were 30 degrees in Carlisle, Cynthiana, Monticello, and West Liberty. The Boone County Arboretum posted the photos below in their tweet showing the frosty start to the morning in the Northern Bluegrass. More information is below, but for many, this was the first warning of the year to protect any vulnerable vegetation.