Autumn Summary

Southern Indiana and central Kentucky sweltered as the fall 2011 season began, with highs near 100 degrees on each of the first three days of September.  However, when the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee stalled over the area several days later, highs were only in the 60s with widespread clouds and rain.  Then towards the end of the month an upper level low slowly crossed the Midwest and gave central Kentucky 2 to 4 inches of rain from the 26th into the 27th.

October was generally a quiet month, though there was some storminess to contend with.  Small hail was produced by thunderstorms on the 18th.

November was warm and very wet across southern Indiana and central Kentucky, with all major reporting stations experiencing Novembers among the top seven wettest on record.  The second half of the month was wetter than the first, and was ushered in with a powerful storm system on the 14th.  A squall line moved across much of southern Indiana and spawned an EF1 tornado that moved right across the courthouse square in Paoli.  More wet systems followed, culminating in a three-day long soaking as an area of low pressure got stuck over the southeastern United States from the 27th to the 29th and gave us 2 to 4 inches of rain.  Minor flooding resulted on several area rivers.


  Average Temperature Departure from Normal Precipitation Departure from Normal Snowfall Departure from Normal
Bowling Green  59.8 + 0.7 F 16.34" +4.81" Trace -0.1"
Frankfort 56.4  - 0.3 F 15.82" +5.52"    
Lexington  56.7  -0.5 F 18.06" +8.49" Trace -0.3"
Louisville Bowman  58.9  + 0.5 F 15.18" +5.19"    
Louisville International 59.6 -0.1 F 15.74" +5.88" 0 -0.2"

10th wettest autumn at Bowling Green
3rd wettest autumn at Frankfort
2nd wettest autumn at Lexington
6th wettest autumn at Louisville

Paoli Tornado

Tornado damage on the square in Paoli, Indiana on November 14.  NWS

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