Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. I mentioned in last week’s Ag Weather Update that this past month would be one of the warmest August months. In fact, preliminary data suggest it will go down as a top 25 warmest Augusts of all-time (with data going back to 1895) and the warmest since 2016. I did fail to mention how wet August was, and that was before we finished the month with a couple of days of exceptionally wet conditions. Overall, the combination of a cold front and the remnants of Hurricane Ida produced 1-3+ inches for most of the state. While not yet official, preliminary data shows this pushed the state average to 5.32 inches for the month of August. That would push the month into the top 20 wettest Augusts of all-time. Seeing both high temperatures and rain in the top 25 is quite unusual. Normally the warmest months of all time are associated with dry conditions (drought).
The only section of the state that really missed out on the rainfall from Ida was across the Purchase area of Western Kentucky. Fortunately, this region saw some decent rains over the weekend as another cold front led to accumulations of a half to 1 inch+ across this area and northeast up into the Bluegrass Region. Overall, the state averaged 2.16 inches for the week, almost 1.5 inches above normal for this time of year. Luckily, we got the rain and avoided high winds from the remnants of the hurricane.