As most residents know already, 2010 has started off fairly cold for southern Indiana and central Kentucky. Though the temperature rose above freezing Tuesday in the Louisville and Bowling Green areas, the average temperatures over the course of the first 12 days of the year have been close to records for coldest start to a year.
At Lexington the average daily temperature for January 1-12 was 18.0 degrees. This average ties for the second coldest first 12 days of a year with 1942 and 1970. The coldest first 12 days was back in 1912, which had an average temperature of 16.6 degrees.
At Bowling Green the average daily temperature during the same period was 20.5 degrees. This average is also second coldest on record, with the record of 20.4 degrees occurring back in 1970.
At Louisville, the average of 20.4 degrees lists as the ninth coldest start on record. The coldest start was back in 1879, with an average of 16.8 degrees. The last time Louisville had a colder start to the year was back in 1979, when the first 12 days averaged 20.1 degrees.
The forecast for the rest of the week looks to break us out of our cold spell. Temperatures Wednesday should rebound into the mid to upper 30s, with readings Thursday getting up into the lower to mid 40s.