August Summary

 August 2011 had nearly normal rainfall and temperatures across southern Indiana and northern Kentucky, while southern Kentucky was generally warmer and drier than normal.  There were no tornadoes during the month and only four days experienced severe weather.  By month's end severe drought conditions had developed in southern Kentucky, particularly in the Lake Cumberland region.

The most significant storm of the month took place on the evening of the 13th when a severe thunderstorm developed over southwest Indiana and traveled to the east, generally along Interstate 64.  The storm blew down trees and power lines from Crawford County all the way into the Kentucky Blue Grass.  In Louisville, Bowman Field measured 69mph winds and over 100,000 people lost power.

Location Average Temperature Departure from Normal Rainfall Departure from Normal
Bowling Green 80.0° +2.5° 1.02" -2.30"
Frankfort 75.1° -0.1° 3.18" -0.18"
Lexington 75.2° -0.1° 3.64" +0.39"
Louisville Bowman 78.7° +1.2° 3.56" +0.25"
Louisville OFFCIAL 79.4° +1.0° 3.46" +0.13"

Bowling Green tied a record high of 103 degrees on the 3rd.

This was Bowling Green's 6th driest August on record.

Lexington storm clouds

A storm approaching Lexington, KY on August 3.  Photo:  Brooke Katz

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