Record 2 day rainfall totals for some Kentucky locations...

Widespread heavy rain brought major flooding across Tennessee and south central Kentucky on the 1st and the 2nd of May. It is now apparent that for central Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region, this event brought our most widespread heavy rains over a 48 hour period since March 1st and 2nd, 1997. 

 

The chart below shows some two day total precipitation amounts ending  May 2nd  from various Co-op and automated rainfall guages across the region. This list is incomplete and it is likely that other sites had record 48 hour rainfall accumulations as well.

 

Location (County)

2 day rainfall totals

Rank

All time 2 day total ending….

Bowling Green

9.67 inches

1st

 

Lexington

6.03 inches

6th

8.06   (August  2nd….1932)

Louisville

4.76 inches

20th

8.33   (March 1st….....1997)

Marrowbone  ( Cumberland)

8.93 inches

1st

 

Bardstown  (Nelson)

6.11 inches

2nd

7.46   ( March 2nd…..1997)

Bradfordsville  (Marion)

8.04 inches

1st

 

Richmond  (Madison)

8.50 inches

1st

 

Scottsville

8.86 inches

3rd

10.58 ( June 24th….1969)

Aberdeen  (Butler)

6.60 inches

10th

8.21   ( March 2nd..…1997)

Madison Water Plant (Jefferson Co, In)

7.29 inches

1st

 

Albany  (Clinton)

8.02 inches

1st

 

 

 

Below are two maps showing 2 day precipitation totals from both the March 1st and 2nd, 1997 event and the heavy rains from this past weekend.  Areas with grey shading received over 8 inches. Note how the excessive rains in 1997 focused along and just south of the Ohio River.  That event sparked major flooding on the Ohio River.  Major flooding on the Ohio is not expected from last weekend's rains.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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