Just how dry has it been???

This fall has been remarkably dry across much of Kentucky, especially along the Ohio River.  Some statistics bear this out. This chart shows how much rain several locations across Kentucky have received from August 21st to October 10th.  August 21st  was the last substantial rain at Standiford Airport in Louisville and in Bowling Green.


  Rain from August 21st through October 10th.
Standiford Airport in Louisville   0.22 inches
Lexington   0.64 inches
Bowling Green   1.16 inches


For Louisville, 0.22 inches is the least amount of rain recorded over any 51 day period since official records began. The second least amount over any 51 day period was 0.27 inches, set during the exceptionally dry fall in 1953. For Lexington, the 0.64 inches recorded between August 21st and the 11th of October stands as the 3rd least amount of rain over any 51 day period. For Lexington, the least amount was 0.31 inches, set in 1998. 

The two images below show how this year's precipitation was distributed at Standiford. The BLUE line shows our precipitation accumulated so far this year, and during 1953. The GREEN line shows our record wet year...while the YELLOW line shows our driest year ever. RED indicates normal yearly rainfall. One can tell that we have had a very dry fall.


The chart below shows precipitation during the very dry year of 1953 at Louisville. That year still holds the record for one of the driest stretches ever recorded. Over a 120 day period from mid-July through mid-August, only 1.5 inches of rain fell!



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