Though it wasn't a Top Ten coldest February at any of our locations and there were no record lows, the second month of 2014 was still very chilly with average monthly temperatures about 4 to 6 degrees below normal. In addition to the cold, there was quite a bit of snow and ice across southern Indiana and north central Kentucky as several storms struck the region.
A cold front brought widespread rains to the region on Groundhog Day, which then transitioned to snow as cold air swept in behind the front. Up to an inch and a half of rain fell on southern Kentucky on the 2nd, followed that night and the next morning by half a foot of snow in a band from Brandenburg to Shelbyville to Cynthiana.
Another heavy rain event occurred on the 4th with the passage of another cold front. One to three inches of rain soaked southern Indiana and central Kentucky, followed by one to three inches of snow in southern Indiana and up to third of an inch of glaze from freezing rain in north central Kentucky.
Southern Indiana experienced a white Valentine's Day when low pressure traveling from Missouri to North Carolina brought up to 4 inches of snow to southern sections of the Hoosier State and far northern Kentucky.
Temperatures surged into the 70s on the 20th ahead of a very strong cold front. After the harsh winter weather of the previous few weeks, we got a taste of spring as thunderstorms crossed the area and brought up to an inch of rain and wind gusts over 50 mph in some spots.
|Average Temperature||Departure from Normal||Precipitation||Departure from Normal||Snowfall||Departure from Normal|
|Louisville official (SDF)||32.9°||-5.9°||3.75"||+0.57"||7.7"||+3.2"|
2nd: Record precipitation of 1.52" at Bowling Green and record snowfall of 3.1" at Louisville
3rd: Record snowfall at Lexington, 3.8"
4th: Record precipitation of 2.56" at Bowling Green and 1.43" at Louisville
20th: Tied record high of 75° at Bowling Green
A halo over Kentucky in advance of the storms on the 20th. Michael Shaheen