How Wet Was May?

Above normal rainfall was recorded across eastern Kentucky during May 2009.  Rainfall totals for the month averaged between 6 and 10 inches, with a few locations receiving over 12 inches.  The heaviest rainfall totals were recorded in Owsley and Breathitt Counties, much of which fell on May 8th and 9th causing flash flooding in those counties.

At the National Weather Service Office in Jackson, May 2009 rainfall was the third highest on record, with rainfall being 4.06" above the normal of 5.16".  At London, 8.97" fell, which was 4.28" above the normal of 4.69"

The graphic below depicts rainfall totals from selected locations across eastern Kentucky for the month of May 2009.  You can click on the image to open an enlarged view.  The reports are then listed below in table format.  These reports include measurements from Cooperative Weather Observer, CoCoRaHS, IFLOWS and ASOS gauges.

May 2009 Rainfall Totals

 
LOCATION         /   COUNTY     / MAY PRECIPITATION

BARBOURVILLE         KNOX         7.58  INCHES
BAXTER               HARLAN       6.04  INCHES
BEATTYVILLE 4N       LEE          7.73  INCHES
BOONEVILLE 1SE       OWSLEY      11.69  INCHES
BRODHEAD 7 SSW       ROCKCASTLE   6.20  INCHES
BUCKHORN LAKE        PERRY        8.45  INCHES
CARR CREEK LAKE      KNOTT        7.29  INCHES
CLOSPLINT            HARLAN       6.51  INCHES
DRAFFIN              PIKE         7.61  INCHES
EUBANK 5 NE          PULASKI      7.45  INCHES
EZEL                 MORGAN       6.05  INCHES
FARMERS 2 S          ROWAN        5.74  INCHES
FLEMINGSBURG         FLEMING      6.61  INCHES
GIMLET               ELLIOTT      6.92  INCHES
HAZARD 3 NW          PERRY        7.90  INCHES
HEIDELBERG 2N        LEE         10.26  INCHES
INEZ 2E              MARTIN       8.36  INCHES
IRVINE 9 WSW         ESTILL       8.41  INCHES
IRVINE 10 NNW        ESTILL       7.35  INCHES
ISLAND CITY          OWSLEY      12.59  INCHES
NWS JACKSON          BREATHITT    9.22  INCHES
LONDON CORBIN APT    LAUREL       8.97  INCHES
LODON 2 NE           LAUREL       9.13  INCHES
MARTIN               FLOYD        9.41  INCHES
MCKEE 9 NW           JACKSON      9.76  INCHES
MONTICELLO 3 NE      WAYNE        8.31  INCHES
MONTICELLO 9 W       WAYNE        7.27  INCHES
MOREHEAD             ROWAN        7.55  INCHES
MOREHEAD 2 SW        ROWAN        7.45  INCHES
MOREHEAD 6 NE        ROWAN        6.97  INCHES
MOUNT STERLING 5N    MONTGOMERY   5.68  INCHES
MOUNT VERNON         ROCKCASTLE   6.04  INCHES
MOUNT VERNON 1 E     ROCKCASTLE   6.98  INCHES
ONEIDA               CLAY        10.11  INCHES
PAINTSVILLE          JOHNSON      7.11  INCHES
PAINTSVILLE 1E       JOHNSON      6.41  INCHES
PHELPS               PIKE         9.40  INCHES
PIKEVILLE ST POLICE  PIKE         9.03  INCHES
POND CREEK           PIKE         8.44  INCHES
PRESTONSBURG 3 NW    FLOYD        8.61  INCHES
PRESTONSBURG 4 WSW   FLOYD        8.99  INCHES
QUICKSAND            BREATHITT   11.67  INCHES
RELIEF               MORGAN       5.79  INCHES
ROBINSON FOREST      BREATHITT   12.61  INCHES
SALYERSVILLE         MAGOFFIN     7.50  INCHES
SANDY HOOK           ELLIOTT      6.24  INCHES
SKYLINE              LETCHER      5.56  INCHES
SLADE 5NE            POWELL       6.03  INCHES
SMILAX               LESLIE       7.80  INCHES
STANTON 2W           POWELL       6.95  INCHES
STEARNS 2S           MCCREARY     7.80  INCHES
TALBERT              BREATHITT   10.72  INCHES
VICTORY 5NW          LAUREL       8.76  INCHES
WEST LIBERTY 11NW    MORGAN       6.16  INCHES
WHITESBURG 2SE       LETCHER      6.83  INCHES
WILLIAMSBURG 1NW     WHITLEY      9.86  INCHES

Below is an image of the observed precipitation across the state of Kentucky for May 2009. (Courtesy Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service)

Below is the departure from normal for the month of May. (Courtesy Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service)



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