What a Difference a Month Makes; A Comparison of June and July 2012 Rainfall

After experiencing one of the driest months of June on record, the tables have turned and now July ranks as one of the wettest July's on record for much of east Kentucky. 

Here's a look at a comparison between the monthly precipitation recorded at several manual and automated observing stations in east Kentucky for the month of June vs. the first 28 days of July.


Let's take a closer look at the numbers for a few climate stations in east Kentucky...

Station June Precipitation June Ranking July Precipitation* July Ranking* Record Period
NWS Jackson 1.91" 2nd Driest 7.31" Wettest 1981-Present
London-Corbin Arpt 0.37" Driest 4.85" 13th Wettest 1954-Present
Mount Sterling 5N 1.53" 6th Driest 10.22" Wettest 1892-Present
Somerset 2N 1.37" 3rd Driest 7.72" 5th Wettest 1950-Present
West Liberty 3NW 1.99" 5th Driest 12.02" Wettest 1941-Present
Williamsburg 1NW 0.62" 4th Driest 9.18" 5th Wettest 1896-Present
Farmers 2S 0.96" 4th Driest 8.87" 5th Wettest 1904-Present

 * July amounts and rankings in the table above represent the first 28 days of the month only.

Most of the rest of the state has experienced a similar change to wetter conditions.  Lexington has gone from experiencing their 6th driest June on record to observing the 7th wettest first 28 days of July.  Further west, however, the switch to wet has not been as pronounced and far west Kentucky continues to bake under drought conditions.


Finally, let's take a look at a comparison of the drought conditions across the state from July 3rd vs. July 24th.  As you can see from the Drought Monitor maps below, the eastern half of the state has seen a drastic improvement in the drought, while much of western Kentucky has continued to experience worsening drought conditions.

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