January Summary

Repeated invasions of Canadian air made this January a cold one!  At Louisville and Lexington it was the coldest January since 2003, and at Bowling Green it was the coldest since 1994!  It ranked as the 14th coldest January at Bowling Green, #17 at Lexington, and #20 at Louisville.  About three-fourths of the month was colder than normal.  It was the most below normal month, temperature-wise, since March 2013 at Louisville, December 2010 at Lexington, and February 2007 at Bowling Green.  Of course, it was nowhere near the brutal Januarys of the late 1970s.  The region's coldest month on record was January 1977 with an average temperature of 18.6° at Louisville, 17.8° at Lexington, and 19.9° at Bowling Green.

Click on the images below to see temperature and precipitation graphs for several sites around central Kentucky:

Bowling Green January 2014

Frankfort January 2014

Lexington January 2014

Louisville Bowman January 2014

Louisville Standiford January 2014

Bowling Green



Louisville Bowman

Louisville Standiford

The coldest air of the month swept through on the 6th and 7th, taking almost everyone below zero (Bowling Green fell to exactly zero).  Another blast of frigid air struck from the 22nd to the 24th with additional sub-zero temperatures, and then another blast came in on the 28th-29th with lows around the zero mark.  To add insult to injury, the Arctic air on the 6th and 7th was accompanied by gusty winds and wind chills in the double digits below zero.  By the end of the month we even got a bit of ice on the Ohio River!

With the cold air came lots of snow, particularly to southern Indiana, north central Kentucky, and the Blue Grass region as several systems spun from the upper Plains through the Ohio Valley.  Small systems came through on the 2nd, 5th, and 9th, dropping light accumulations.  A clipper on the 21st brought half a foot of snow to Madison, Indiana and 2 to 4 inches to the Kentucky Blue Grass.  Then on the 25th a cold front brought gusty winds and another 2 to 4 inches of snow from southern Indiana to east central Kentucky.

Click on the graphic below to see how regional snowfall compared to normal in January:

Percent of normal snowfall January 2014


Average Temperature

Departure from Normal


Departure from Normal


Departure from Normal

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Louisville Bowman





Louisville Standiford (official for Louisville)








Records Set

2nd:  Snowfall of 0.5" at Bowling Green
7th:  Cold high of 14° at Frankfort
22nd:  Cold high of 23° at Bowling Green.  Low of -6° and cold high of 19° at Lexington.

Ice on the Ohio River

Ice on the Ohio River near Prospect, Kentucky.  Photo courtesy Mark Powers.

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