The first two weeks of February were very quiet. The most significant weather during that time was an inch of snow that fell along the Ohio River on the night of the 13th-14th.
The last two weeks of the month were more active. On the 19th a powerful winter storm cruised across the southeast United States. While eastern Kentucky received quite a bit of snow, the area under NWS Louisville's umbrella was just skimmed, with an inch or so of snow around Dale Hollow and Lake Cumberland.
Just four days later scattered severe weather struck the region, followed by winds gusting to 45 mph the following day.
The month ended with a bang as an outbreak of severe weather brought tornadoes up to EF2 strength to central Kentucky on Leap Day. It also ended up being our wettest February 29 on record.
The month was also very warm, in accordance with La Nina conditions.
|Location||Average Temperature||Departure from Normal||Precipitation||Departure from Normal||Snowfall||Departure from Normal|
|Louisville International (official)||42.3||+3.5||1.68"||-1.50"||1.7"||-2.8"|
Bowling Green's 9th warmest February on record
Record daily precipitation on the 29th: Bowling Green 1.39", Lexington 1.11", Louisville 0.54", Frankfort 0.98"
EF-2 tornado damage between Elizabethtown and Hodgenville on February 29. Photo: Doug Finlay