Tropical Storm Lee Dumps Up to 7" of Rain on East Kentucky

Tropical Storm Lee made landfall over southern Louisiana on Sunday September 4th and then tracked slowly northeastward, making it into north Georgia by Tuesday morning September 6th.  As the storm made landfall, a cold front passed through east Kentucky and stalled out just to our southeast.  Lee slung copious amounts of tropical moisture northward over the stalled front into the Bluegrass state, with rain falling heavily at times over the eastern half of the state from Sunday into Monday night.  The rain gradually tapered to drizzle and light showers on Tuesday as the storm weakened and the showers continued into Wednesday as the weakening system tracked over east Kentucky.

Surface Map as Tropical Storm Lee moves across the Deep South (click on image for a larger view)

8 am EDT Sun Sept 4, 2011

8 am EDT Mon Sept 5, 2011

8 am EDT Tue Sept 6, 2011

8 am EDT Wed Sept 7, 2011

Rainfall Totals

Rainfall was heaviest along the Virginia border where widespread 4 to 6" amounts were reported in the 48 hour period ending at 8 am Tuesday Sept 6, 2011.  Additional light rains on Tuesday and Tuesday night added to these totals.  Kingdom Come State Park was the rainfall winner over the 3 day period ending Wednesday morning with 7.16".  The rainfall amounts fell off the further west you went across the state.  The maps below illustrate the rainfall amounts as recorded by human read and automated rain gauges across east Kentucky, and the rest of the state for the 72 hour period ending 8 am EDT Wednesday September 7th (click on the images for a larger view).

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Thanks to a dry stretch of weather preceding the rainfall, river levels rose but stayed within their banks, and there were only a few instances of nuisance flooding reported to the National Weather Service in Jackson.  Otherwise, the rainfall was more beneficial than anything.

Temperature Drop

The other notable effect from the combination of the tropical system and cold front was a dramatic drop in temperatures.  The Labor Day weekend started with record highs in the mid to upper 90s, and ended with the mercury only managing to rise into the 60s on Labor Day itself.  Maps of both day's high temperatures are included below (click on the maps for a larger view).

Saturday's Highs

Monday's Highs

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